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Old 06-14-2010, 12:18 PM   #1
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Default Real pumpkin flavored ale without....

...the pumpkin? I want to make a batch or two of pumpkin ale for the fall. I want it to hit some around 7%. I keep reading many of you do not even use pumpkin and if you do it's a PITA. Why not use a product like this?

http://www.suttonsbayspices.com/Flav...ils/21561.html

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https://www.naturesflavors.com/produ...oducts_id=5606

The second I assume is some sort of powder concentrate of actual pumpkins. I can envision using it at the end of a boil. The oil I think would be easier to use as you can do a gradual addition to a bottle of neutral flavored beer to get the right ratio. Though the powder would be pretty easy to utilize at the end of the boil like I said or even treat it like a late sugar addition possibly.

Anyone have any experience with either that "candy" oil or any of the flavor compounds?

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Old 06-14-2010, 12:33 PM   #2
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Never used that stuff. I've seen a lot of discussion that more flavor is derived from the spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice etc) than the actual pumpkin itself.

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Yeah that's what I keep reading. However I suspect if there's a good way to get pumpkin flavor in the beer it'd make a better pumpkin ale.

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Old 06-14-2010, 03:00 PM   #4
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Pumpkin doesn't provide the flavor. Last year I used real pumpkin in the mash with no issues, and might again just for "authenticity", but in all honesty it's unnecessary. As stated above, it's the spices which give the flavor.

Im no expert, but I would avoid using the first product. First, it could mess with head retention. What exactly is "pumpkin flavor" anyway? It's always said that pumpkin has a very subtle, barely there flavor to begin with, so what would the extract provide? Not to mention, that description is definitely not good enough for me to feel comfortable putting that in my beer. I would want more information.

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I guess is a semantic arguement for me but without pumpkin how is it even called a pumpkin ale? All it is at that point is spiced like any other spiced beer.

I found a breakdown of the extract and it lists triglycerides which I'm sure would kill head retention. I emailed the powder compound company about equivalence between a pound of pumpkin and the pumpkin flavor.

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Powders are notorious for doing basically nothing for flavor in beer. Some people say cocoa works, some say it doesn't. The reviews of that peanut powder were mostly negative. There's a long thread about the peanut powder somewhere on here. It was used in many different parts of the process and generally everyone said they didn't taste it.

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Try maybe try a box of chai tea for making chai lattes. It tastes a lot like pumpkin pie to me.

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On the topic, anyone have a pointer to a really good Pumpking AG recipe? TIA!

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There's tons in the recipe section.

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Wow I had no idea that section existed ... thanks

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