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Old 10-03-2013, 06:10 PM   #1
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Default Fast pumpkin ale?

My wife decided that she wants a pumpkin beer to drink when thanksgiving rolls around. I wish she would have giving me a better heads up, but she is not a beer drinker and I try to do whatever I can to get her to enjoy beer when I can. She is very picky on what she drinks and it more often than not is something other than beer.

So does anybody have a recipe to appeal to her taste that can be ready inside of 8 weeks. I was thinking it should finish some what sweet with a good pumpkin pie flavor. Something that can drink VERY easily with little bitterness and good flavor.

Thanks for any input. Normally I would not go through the trouble but I am SLOWLY bringing her around to drinking beer.

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Old 10-03-2013, 07:31 PM   #2
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8 weeks for an ale seems pretty easy. Are you bottling or kegging?

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Old 10-03-2013, 08:01 PM   #3
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kegging. I know some beers like pumpkin take some time to mellow out.

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Old 10-03-2013, 08:05 PM   #4
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I just did a pumpkin ale at 6.6%. It's been about a month, just carbed and turned out really well. I will try to post recipe later today. You do all-grain?

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Old 10-03-2013, 08:08 PM   #5
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Yes all-grain. I guess I could have stated all that first.

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Old 10-03-2013, 08:09 PM   #6
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As long as you keep it the gravity reasonable you should have no problems at all. Even my imperial pumpkin was ready to drink 6 weeks after brew day. I also made a pumpkin braggot this year which was only 1.045 OG. If you and she like honey that wouldn't be a bad recipe to go with.

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Old 10-03-2013, 08:20 PM   #7
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Whats the recipe on that one?

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Old 10-03-2013, 08:32 PM   #8
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Here is the latest one we just kegged, my wife absolutely loves it. I split the batch into two kegs, one to drink now and one to age for a while, will be fun to see how much it changes or improves.

Title: Funkin Punkin\
Author: Noah Hurianek\
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Brew Method: BIAB\
Style Name: Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer\
Boil Time: 60 min\
Batch Size: 11 gallons (fermentor volume)\
Boil Size: 12.5 gallons\
Boil Gravity: 1.059\
Efficiency: 75% (brew house)\
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STATS:\
Original Gravity: 1.067\
Final Gravity: 1.019\
ABV (standard): 6.37%\
IBU (tinseth): 22.65\
SRM (morey): 18.33\
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FERMENTABLES:\
21 lb - American - Pale 2-Row
1 lb - American - Special Roast
2 lb - American - Caramel / Crystal 60L
0.5 lb - American - Caramel / Crystal 80L
0.125 lb - American - Black Malt
2 lb - Brown Sugar (7.7%)\
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HOPS:\
1 oz - Domestic Hallertau, Type: Pellet, AA: 3.9, Use: Boil for 45 min, IBU: 5.69\
1 oz - East Kent Goldings, Type: Pellet, AA: 5, Use: Boil for 45 min, IBU: 7.29\
1 oz - Willamette, Type: Pellet, AA: 4.5, Use: Boil for 15 min, IBU: 3.55\
1 oz - Domestic Hallertau, Type: Pellet, AA: 3.9, Use: Boil for 5 min, IBU: 1.24\
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MASH GUIDELINES:\
1) Temperature, Temp: 154 F, Time: 90 min\
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OTHER INGREDIENTS:\
3 tbsp - Pumpkin pie spice, Time: 15 min, Type: Spice, Use: Boil\
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YEAST:\
Fermentis / Safale - American Ale Yeast US-05\
Starter: yes
Attenuation (avg): 72%\
Flocculation: Medium\
Optimum Temp: 59 - 75 F\

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How do you think this would go for a non beer drinker? How much does the black malt come through? Thanks.

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Old 10-03-2013, 10:40 PM   #10
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I've seen a few threads like these in the past, and there are some important things to consider as a "sanity check" of sorts:

-Has she actually had pumpkin beer before?
___Yes: Good to go.
___No: Are you sure you want to make this?
-Do you like pumpkin beer?
___Yes: Good to go.
___No: Are you sure you want to make this?

On a side note, I like pumpkin beers and they're a lot of fun to make if you use real pumpkin. You can have some "family time" while incorporating brewing.

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