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Old 07-21-2010, 05:30 PM   #1
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I'm brewing a pumpkin ale this weekend and was debating whether I should put the pumpkin in the mash or into the boil. What are some pros and cons of either method? Has anyone done both and gotten different results?

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P.S. I plan on using 2 cans of organic pumpkin, no sugars or additives, just crushed pumpkin.

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Old 07-21-2010, 06:13 PM   #2
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I have tried both ways and got better results with it in the mash. Although most the flavor comes from the spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, etc.).

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Old 07-21-2010, 06:13 PM   #3
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Here's a blog post about it:

http://www.brewcookpairjoy.com/2009/...le-experiment/

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Old 07-21-2010, 06:42 PM   #4
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Or you could leave out the pumpking. Check out the November 26th, 2009 podcast. http://www.basicbrewing.com/index.ph...ing-radio-2009

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Old 07-21-2010, 07:14 PM   #5
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i've only done in the mash, but I agree with mrtrav about the spices being the main flavor component.

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Old 07-21-2010, 10:45 PM   #6
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yep, in the mash....and mash thin with lots of rice hulls.

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Old 07-22-2010, 06:14 AM   #7
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Or you could leave out the pumpking. Check out the November 26th, 2009 podcast. http://www.basicbrewing.com/index.ph...ing-radio-2009
Thanks for the link, but I'm interested in the summary mostly...

What was said about not putting the pumpkin in with the brew? I used it in the mash, poured gently onto the top of the mash so i didn't have to use rice hulls.

The beer was great, but can I keep the flavor with out pumpkin?
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Old 07-22-2010, 05:15 PM   #8
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My vote is to leave it out altogether. Do a search - there are a LOT of detailed threads on this that come up each year around this time.

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Old 07-22-2010, 06:34 PM   #9
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Do a search - there are a LOT of detailed threads on this that come up each year around this time.
I stopped at five consecutive pro-PIM (pumpkin in the mash) threads before i realized have better things to do than search deeper for negative literature.

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Do a search -
Is this a norm in the world of forums? Please, simply explain the main problems with using pumpkin in the mash, and I'll weigh the benefits, try out my pumpkin in the mash recipe, and post my results. Like I said, I had no sticky mashes with PIM before hand, but if you guys can tell me that it does no good, or causes bad flavors, im out. I wont do it.
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Old 07-22-2010, 07:00 PM   #10
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I understand you're looking for answers, and there is a lot of info out there. I cringe when i tell someone to search sometimes, but the regulars do put a lot of time & effort into answering the type of questions you've asked, only for someone to turn around and ask the same question again without searching at all. So when i say "do a search" it's with respect. More often than not, when someone with a low post count jumps into the forum and asks a very common question, they haven't considered searching. Like i said - i don't mean to insult, and i'm sorry if one takes this as elitist, i'm playing the odds.

Here's a search result.

Here's the mother of threads from last year in attempts to avoid the yearly pumpkin debate.

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