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Old 09-26-2012, 01:34 AM   #1
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Default 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?

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Old 09-26-2012, 01:36 AM   #2
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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

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Old 09-26-2012, 01:55 AM   #3
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Default 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!

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Old 09-26-2012, 05:24 AM   #4
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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!

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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?
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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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