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Old 04-23-2007, 11:00 PM   #1
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Default Pumpkin Ale Help!

hey-

I know it's a little out of season, but my friend wanted to try a brew and he had his mind set on a pumpkin ale. Here is the problem: I bought 5lbs of organic pumpkin to use and did not remove it before putting in the carboy. Now, I've got 5 inches of pumpkin at the bottom of my carboy that has settled out. I used 6 gallons of water planning to get 5.5 in the carboy, so now i have about 3.5 gallons of beer and 2 gallons of alcoholic pumpkin sitting on the bottom. I know this pumpkin is just filled with beer because the volume of pumpkin at the bottom is about 2 to 3 times the volume of the actual pumpkin I put in. Can anyone think of a way to "milk the beer" out of the pumpkin.

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Old 04-23-2007, 11:20 PM   #2
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The only thing that comes to mind at the moment would be...no.

Let it sit a couple of weeks and MAYBE the pumpkin will compress itself leaving you with more liquid.



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Old 04-23-2007, 11:24 PM   #3
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The only time I made a pumpkin brew, I ended up with the same issue. Not much you can do. You might try racking off as much liquid as you can into the secondary, then adding some kind of fining agent (like KC superkleer) and maybe the finings will attach to enough of the solids to drop them out of suspension. Also, the colder it gets, the more stuff will fall...so you could try bringing it down to lagering temps and see what happens.

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Old 04-25-2007, 03:24 AM   #4
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brew another batch and throw it right on top of the trub...

no need to add more punkin then

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Welcome to the fun of pumpkin in beer. I also had about 1.5-2 gals of pumpkin in the bottom of my fermenter. Sucks doesn't it? Would like to figure out a way around this. Ended up with only 3.5+ gals of beer at bottling time, was quite displeasing since the beer was VERY good.

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Old 04-25-2007, 01:28 PM   #6
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I have brewed two pumpkin ales in the last year and found it much easier to cube the pumpkin, caramelize in the oven, then put the cubes into a grain bag for the boil.... No muss, no fuss!!

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I have brewed two pumpkin ales in the last year and found it much easier to cube the pumpkin, caramelize in the oven, then put the cubes into a grain bag for the boil.... No muss, no fuss!!
Is that with carved pumpkin or canned?
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What kind of carved pumpkin do you guys use? I used canned pumpkin last time.

Just regular ol' Jack O Lantern pumpkins? I've seen some stores selling "pumpkin pie pumpkins". Well, in season anyway.

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I use canned as well, 100% pumpkin. Gotta watch out for the "pumpkin pie" canned pumpkin. It has artificial sweeteners and flavorings, and its pre-spiced with god-knows-what.

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You could always make an alcoholic pumpkin pie with what's left!



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