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Old 08-20-2010, 12:53 AM   #1
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Hey all.

I was looking to get in a little early practice on some pumpkin ale as my first partial mash attempt. Naturally it being summer in mid-summer here in Missouri, pumpkins are not yet available. I found the following recipe online....http://www.thebrewsite.com/2004/10/1...ale_recipe.php
(first one that popped up in google" and I decided to give it a try. However, it does not mention any quantities for the good ol' processed pumpkin in a can.

It does mention 6-10lbs of pumpkin, but I only ask to reassure there are no differences in the "flavor exchange"
ex: does 6lbs of real pumpkin leave more flavor to your wort than the processed? If so is there a known ratio to add from?

And also just wondering if anyone else had tried this recipe and had any tips or variations. I already have all of the ingredients except for: vanilla, canned pumpkin, or the actual spices.


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Old 08-20-2010, 01:09 AM   #2
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I just purchased Austin Homebrew Pumpkin Ale kit and recipe calls for 3-4lbs pumpkin or a can of non-spiced pumpkin. You could put your own spice kit together or purchase one from Austin for $1.99. But here is the ingredients in the pack. 1 tsp Cinnamon, 3/8 tsp Nutmeg, 1/8 tsp Mace & 7g Sweet Orange Peel. I know this didnt answer your question but thought I'd through some info out there.

One thing though my recipe sheet doesnt mention when to introduce the pumpkin into the brew.

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Old 08-20-2010, 12:41 PM   #3
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Well, the link I've posted said it's a partial mash. Which is even more confusing....Do I mash the most of the grain, and take the remainder and steep it with the pumpkin? Do I mash it all? Mash all of one type of grain and steep the others? Or is the mash not mandatory and I just steep everything? If I could get that cleared up, I'll brew this beast tonight! lol

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I've also been looking for canned pumpkin in the stores and haven't seen any yet. I did find a store online that sells it but shipping is kind of pricey: https://www.organicdirect.com/index.php I'm curious to see if anyone has been able to find it in stores yet or when to expect it.

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I've also been looking for canned pumpkin in the stores and haven't seen any yet. I did find a store online that sells it but shipping is kind of pricey: https://www.organicdirect.com/index.php I'm curious to see if anyone has been able to find it in stores yet or when to expect it.
I bought some canned pumpkin at a Whole Foods store about 2 weeks ago.
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If you are looking for pumpkin in the can in St.louis, I know the walmart in south county has organic pumpkin in the can for aroun $3 a can. You might also try out whole foods.

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Organic Pumpkin seems to be the only stuff you can find right now. Call ahead to stores because I found that 3/4 of the grocery stores where I live had none and I did a lot of unnecessary running around.

As far as the pumpkin goes, I have read that you need to put it in the oven for awhile first to get any real flavor out of it. I did an extract batch with 60 oz of canned pumpkin (4 15 oz cans) which I spread out on a cookie sheet and put in the oven at 350 for 20 minutes. I then added the whole lot to the boil for all 60 minutes. It is due to be bottled here soon but the SG sample I took had great pumpkin flavor. I used the spice mix from this recipe as well:
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f76/samh...in-ale-140674/

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Mine went in the mash and I baked it at 350F for 1 hr first.

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I had another question I forgot in my initial post. The recipe in the above link...is that for a 10 gallon split batch? That seems like a lot of fermentable sugars for just one 5 gallon batch. Or maybe I'm just showing my greenhorn here...lol

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Looks like its for 5 gal. Unless you want a 3% pumpkin ale.

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