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Old 07-22-2010, 09:05 PM   #11
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the last pumpkin beer I made I used 2 big cans of Libby’s pumpkin I think about 6lbs total in the mash and it was a great beer. I have tried some store brand pumpkin beers where you couldn’t taste the pumpkin only the spices but the beer I made definitely had actual pumpkin taste. I would use the pumpkin in the mash and make sure you roast it in the oven for a while.

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Old 07-22-2010, 10:52 PM   #12
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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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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.
Actually this forum goes WAY to easy on people who won't use it for the resource it is. There is nothing you asked that hasn't been answered a hundred times already. I don't get why people won't accept any info more than a day old, that isn't directed right to them.
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Old 07-22-2010, 11:20 PM   #13
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I'll reply to some questions that I see often just so the long time regulars don't have to. I got a lot of info from this site (mostly by searching, and some by reading the same questions and responses that I'm answering), and I feel that I'm giving back to the community. I may suggest doing a search once in a while, but only after I've answered the basic question.

And to the OP, to answer your question: Don't add canned pumpkin to the boil. I tried that once, and the results were not good. Clogged everything up, lost a lot to the trub, and had quite a bit of sediment in the bottles. The beer was somewhat clear when I bottled it, so I'm not sure what the sediment was besides yeast. It was a very nice beer though. Just the right amount of spices, and balanced bitter/malt flavor.

I did do a pumpkin beer where I boiled a whole 5# pumpkin, cut into 1/2 cubes for about 20 minutes. I used the same malt, hops, spices and yeast, but it didn't turn out as well, both in flavor, and ABV.

I also have three pumpkins growing in my garden that I plan on using for another attempt at my pumpkin ale. I'll run 'em through the blender and add to the mash, and see what happens.

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Old 07-22-2010, 11:28 PM   #14
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I'll agree with most of the people who responded and say definitely use pumpkin in the mash. It really doesn't cause any more problems than a wheat beer mash. If you want, you can check out the pumpkin beer recipe in my dropdown where I discuss using pumpkin and it's benefits. Good luck!

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Old 07-26-2010, 09:40 PM   #15
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Pumpkin in the mash is not only advised but also fun! A lot of people seem to think that brewing is supposed to be an easy hobby. Of course, those with huge amounts of work/family responsibilities need every break they can get! Those of us with the ability to spend the time necessary to try any and all brewing techniques are truly the lucky ones.

I enjoy setting aside an entire day to muck about with my hobby. Be it a three hour sparge due to pumpkin mash or a 12 hour triple decoction brewday I'm in it for the experience as well as the beer!

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Old 07-26-2010, 09:55 PM   #16
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Roast the pumpkin a lot before adding it to the mash or you won't even be able to tell it's there.

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Old 07-27-2010, 06:52 PM   #17
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All of the flavor is going to come from the spice unless you actually do something to the pumpkin...like roast it. I bought some sugar pumpkins, cut them into quarters, roasted them, then scooped out the goods. That way you get some caramelization and some actual flavor from the pumpkin rather than just a slow sparge.

Last things...be careful with the spice, don't go overboard.

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Old 07-28-2010, 03:38 PM   #18
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Basic brewing radio did a show on pumpkin beers google should be able to help you find it. Sorry I don't have a link for you right now. I am growing some sugar pumpkins and hope to use a few for a brew this fall.
Best of luck.

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Basic brewing radio did a show on pumpkin beers google should be able to help you find it. Sorry I don't have a link for you right now. I am growing some sugar pumpkins and hope to use a few for a brew this fall.
Best of luck.
It's one of their 2009 radio podcasts
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