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Old 10-07-2011, 04:17 PM   #1
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Default Pumpkin Ale lacking spices, can I add them?

I brewed and bottled a batch of Pumpkin Ale late last year from a AHS kit. The spices never really seemed to show up in the beer, just a lot of pumpkin flavor. Is there anything I can do at this point to add some spices/flavor to the bottled batch? Is it possible to drop in a pinch of cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice after opening a bottle and then drink?

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You'll end up with very gritty beer.

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Old 10-07-2011, 04:31 PM   #3
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How about a drop of cinnamon extract?

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That might work.

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I'd test that out on a few bottles first. Unless you have a very precise way of measuring that extract you could wind up overdoing it pretty easily.

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Steep some spices in vodka for a couple of days, strain through a coffee filter and add to taste. I like to use a measured sample and then scale it up to the whole batch.

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I brewed and bottled a batch of Pumpkin Ale late last year from a AHS kit. The spices never really seemed to show up in the beer, just a lot of pumpkin flavor. Is there anything I can do at this point to add some spices/flavor to the bottled batch? Is it possible to drop in a pinch of cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice after opening a bottle and then drink?
did you ever do anything for this? I'm looking to do the same thing. I brewed the AHS pumpkin ale and it lacks the spice flavor. I'm thinking about boiling some water and adding some spices to steep, then add the water to the beer (I keg) a little at a time. Anyone think this will work?
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If it's bottled and carb'd I'd just steep spices in vodka and add a few drops when you pour a glass.

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It's in a keg and I'm serving for a party so I'd prefer to have it all mixed together....but why vodka?

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Steep some spices in vodka for a couple of days, strain through a coffee filter and add to taste. I like to use a measured sample and then scale it up to the whole batch.
this is the answer. vodka because it's neutral. ethanol both extracts the flavors from the spices while leaving the solid materials behind, plus it sanitizes the thing that's having it's flavor extracted.
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