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Old 09-06-2009, 01:19 PM   #1
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Default pumpkin ales... any experience/suggestions?

Ok, so i absolutely love this time of year because i love fall and winter beers. One of my favorites for years has been DFH Punkin ale.

Having been brewing for 9 months now, i want to try to make a pumpkin ale, preferably close to the DFH, but not too particular. I've been looking at Thunderstruck Pumpkin ale, and also AHS Pumpkin Ale kit, or just making an amber ale i've done before and adding some spices and pumpkins.

Any experience with thundestruck or the AHS kit? Suggestions on how you made a great pumpkin ale?

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There's an entire thread of TIps/Tricks/Suggestions for pumpkins here;

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f12/pumpkin-beers-discussion-developing-recipes-tips-tricks-good-practices-131786/

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One tip, don't fall asleep in the last 5 minutes of it and then let the boil go on for 3 more hours...then think that maybe you can just add a ton more malt / sugars to get the PA up to 9%/v to cover the harshness of the overcooked pumpkin and the intense bitterness of the hops...it just doesn't help...

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I've made several Pumpkin brews and should I ever make one again (probably won't, but...)

1. Don't use any pumpkin. (Can't taste anything but spices anyway.)

2. Allspice has all the flavors of ginger, clove, nutmeg. You can either use allspice by itself or use the seperate spices, but do not use allspice too because you will be overspiced.

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Go easy on the spices, they can become very overwhelming.

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easy on the spice for sure,and cook the pumpkin and put it in the mash. Last year I didnt cook it and had 4 inches of trub in the carboy,this year I cooked it and the trub is about the same as any other brew.

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I just yesterday brewed the AHS pumpkin spice kit and it smelled AMAZING! I can't wait to try it. I also put two cans of baked libby's pure pumpkin (not spiced) in a nylon mesh bag (to minimize trub) and a cup of brown sugar, both in the steep session with the grains. After the spices went in and the wort was cooling down, it smelled fantastic.

Unfortunately, I won't be able to tell you how it tastes by the time you need to get one

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+1 on going easy on the spices - just had a Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin Ale. I guess it's supposed to be more of a dessert beer, but I had it with lunch, and the spices were a little much.

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Threetaps,
Any updates on your brew day procedure? I'm hoping to brew the AHS brew kit and adding the pumpkin/brown sugar sounds like a good idea.

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Threetaps,
Any updates on your brew day procedure? I'm hoping to brew the AHS brew kit and adding the pumpkin/brown sugar sounds like a good idea.
The brew day itself went great, and adding the baked pumpkin (not spiced pumpkin, use pure) and brown sugar made it smell great. I'll be bottling it in 6 days (saturday), and I'll let you know how the taste turns out.
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