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Old 08-07-2011, 07:16 PM   #1
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Default Pumpkin ale! need advice please

I brewed my pumpkin ale a week ago and its done fermenting. I had planned on keeping in the primary for 4 weeks then moving it to a secondary for a few weeks to let it sit on additional "pumpkin pie seasoning" (from AHS). It's still gonna sit in the primary for 4 weeks, nothing is changing that.

I tasted it today and it tasted absolutely perfect! So perfect that I'm doubting my plan now to add the additional seasonings in the secondary. I've never made a "fruit" or spiced ale, so how much should I expect the flavors to dull in 6 weeks? Right now, I taste the pumpkin (4 cans FTW!!), and I taste a hint of the seasoning and its blended perfectly with the ale and hops, How much is carbonation/time going to change all that?

So I do jack it up now so it will taste the same in 4-6 more weeks or do I let it go and maybe keg a little earlier? I don't want overly spiced ale.

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Old 08-07-2011, 07:52 PM   #2
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If you like it now, dont add anything to it. In my experience, spice flavor rarely fades with time. If it aint broke dont fix it.
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Old 08-08-2011, 12:25 AM   #3
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Ditto... plus a little dash seasoning goes a LONG LONG way - meaning if you mess with it, you can easily over-season. Leave it alone seasoning-wise and wait to enjoy an terrific beer.

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Old 08-08-2011, 01:45 AM   #4
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Paulgs3,

I'm going to brew Punkin Porter on Tuesday and I'm torn between steeping the pumpkin pre-boil and adding it in the last 10 mins. When did you add it?

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I steeped mine with the grains before bringing to a boil. I may have added too much spice though, but I'll know in a couple of weeks.

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Old 08-08-2011, 05:56 AM   #6
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I added more spice to a pumpkin ale in secondary a couple of years ago and waaaay over did it! I still have some left and open a bottle every once in a while still too much! I agree, if it tastes good now, it will taste great later! Just remember, you can't take those spices out once you put them in!

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Old 08-08-2011, 10:09 AM   #7
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Awesome, thanks all! Gonna let it ride.

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I'm going to brew Punkin Porter on Tuesday and I'm torn between steeping the pumpkin pre-boil and adding it in the last 10 mins. When did you add it?
I caramelized the pumpkins then I added them to the mash. Good luck!
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Thanks, Paulgs3!

I didn't caramelize, but put it in the mash as well. I also added a little Victory malt and some lactose to the recipe, the former for a bit of pie crust taste, the latter for a little more body & sweetness. During the boil I thought I'd messed something up b/c the wort didn't smell too appealing. But once I took my OG reading and tasted the sample after, I think it's gonna be a right pleasant beer!

The recipe said that the beer should be ready to bottle in 2 weeks! Are you going to move that fast? I'm thinking 4-5 weeks in primary, then 2-3 weeks to condition in bottle. That's early October--perfect!

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For the most part, yes but batch was done in two weeks. I'm letting it sit for the the time being as its clearing up nicely. I'll probably sneak a taste at three weeks and make a judgment. I had planned on tapping this keg in mid sept.... I might have to brew another as I promised the family this beer for thanksgiving.

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Nice! That is better than I hoped. I'd be thrilled if I could bottle at three weeks or so. Please post your results when if/when you break down and taste a sample!

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