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earwig 09-26-2012 01:34 AM

Pumpkin ale question... Add pumpkin to the boil, mash or both?
 
I'm brewing a pumpkin ale (all grain) for the first time and have checked out about 100 recipes trying to get ideas.

It looks like most people add the pumpkin to the mash and many complain about slow or stuck sparges even when using rice hulls.

For those of you that have brewed a pumpkin ale before did you add the pumpkin to the mash, boil or both? I've had stuck sparges before and it really can screw up a great brew day.

Anyone have any recommendations or experiences with brewing pumpkin ales?

Thanks.

BrokenArmBrewing 09-26-2012 01:36 AM

I put 6 lbs of canned pumpkin into my mash tun. 1.5 lbs rice hulls. SS braid as a manifold. No problems here. Have it. Nice good stir. Did stains cooler a little

JOE_R 09-26-2012 01:55 AM

Add pumpkin to boil, or mash or both?
 
I brewed one two years ago and put 3# in the boil and 3# in primary right after I pitched the yeast. Placing it in the primary will give you a very very mild sour taste in your beer that compliments the hops. I believe this method works well with a darker heavier spiced pumpkin ale as was the case with mine. My LHBS guy's advice is to allow 2-3 days in primary without the pumpkin to allow the yeast to develop it's flavor first, THEN add the pumpkin (or honey etc.) to the primary. I would use the LHBS guy's advice for lighter styles. IMHO!

husker 09-26-2012 05:24 AM

I just did a brew with 2 big cans of pumpkin in the mash. I used 1 pound of rice hulls and didn't have a problem. It was not the fastest sparge I have ever had but it never stopped. Give it a good stir and have an extra beer. The beer turned out great!

ETOHonboard 09-26-2012 06:21 AM

Just like Husker I did two cans as well in the mash. I didn't use rice hulls and never got a stuck sparge. It is still in the primary and smell awesome.

Genuine 09-26-2012 10:42 AM

Add the pumpkin last to the mash. That's how i did mine with no rice hulls and it worked great!

Iceman6409 09-26-2012 02:32 PM

I put 6 lbs of pumpkin meat in the boil last year. It was a mess to clean up with the wort chiller but I have to say that beer was damn close to the Southern Tier Pumpking, which was exactly what I was shooting for.

hoptualBrew 09-26-2012 02:38 PM

Just did a pumpkin ale this past week & put about 4 lbs of canned pumpkin mix in a big muslin bag and steeped for the last 5 minutes of the boil. I was worried about two things if mashing the pumpkin mix. (a) Stuck sparge since I did not have rice hulls at my disposal. (b) The flavor & aroma compounds would be lost in a 60 minute boil. We'll see how it turns out I guess. To me it makes sense, since you lose flavor and aroma in any early additions, I would think pumpkin would be the same way.

kerant 09-26-2012 03:09 PM

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Originally Posted by hoptualBrew (Post 4445878)
Just did a pumpkin ale this past week & put about 4 lbs of canned pumpkin mix in a big muslin bag and steeped for the last 5 minutes of the boil. I was worried about two things if mashing the pumpkin mix. (a) Stuck sparge since I did not have rice hulls at my disposal. (b) The flavor & aroma compounds would be lost in a 60 minute boil. We'll see how it turns out I guess. To me it makes sense, since you lose flavor and aroma in any early additions, I would think pumpkin would be the same way.

Thats how I'm leaning to do mine this weekend. How did it turn out in clarity and flavor?

bobeer 09-26-2012 06:41 PM

I baked it for an hour and put it in the boil. Half in at 30 min and the other half at about 15-10 minutes or so. Just bottled it last night and it smells and tastes great. Wasn't an ag though.


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