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Old 12-18-2009, 05:57 PM   #1
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Default Winter Warmer w/ pumpkin, spices & trappist yeast

Here was my brew day last weekend. Not really sure what to call it...Pumpkin Ale, Winter Warmer Pumpkin Ale, Pumpkin Double, Belgian-Style Winter Warmer Pumpkin Spice Double???

3.3lbs Briess Light LME (one can)
3lbs Light DME
.5lb Carapils
.5lb Crystal 40L
.5lb Wheat malt
1 ounce Cascade
1 ounce Saaz
3 cans all natural pumpkin (29oz each)
.5oz pumpkin spice (put inside empty tea bag)
1 3 inch cinnamon stick
1 tsp irish moss
white labs trappist ale yeast

soaked grain 155 degrees 30 minutes, removed grains
added extract while bring up to boil
established good boil, added 1oz cascade and 1 can pumpkin for 60 min
after 35 minutes added 1oz Saaz and another can pumpkin
at knockout added third can pumpkin, cinnamon stick, and pumpkin spice
I let it sit in an ice bath for an hour until cool
poured through a colander to remove hop excess, cinnamon stick and spices
pitched yeast put in basement to ferment at 65 degrees.

when I added the pumpkin to the wort I dumped it into a coarse grain bag in order to remove after the brewing session hoping to avoid excess trub.

I placed the pumpkin spice inside of a tea bag I empties out. I hear spice that remain in beer can get too strong so I wanted to be able to remove it before I pitched yeast.

I hope the pumpkin and spice come through...

I wonder how the trappist yeast will taste with this combination?

What do you guys think?

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Old 12-18-2009, 06:18 PM   #2
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Hmm...I'll be interested to hear how this turns out. I'm not sure that estery finish from the Trappist yeast will go well with the spiced beer, but who knows? Keep us updated.

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This beer is either too young (kegged for 3 weeks) or got infected. Right now it tastes like bandaids. It would have (and still may) turn out nice. It has a great trappist yeast flavor with a hint of pumpkin. next time im baking the pumpkin to sanitize and more spice!

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I had a batch go 'bandaid' on me once... I was using bleach as a santizer back then, and heard that bleach residue can cause that. I now use Sani-Clean.

My batch never recovered form the bandaid taste... I hope your's fares better. Might just be a young clovey flavor from the Trappist yeast ... worth waiting a few months to see it if clears out!

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