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Old 10-16-2013, 10:03 AM   #11
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Hmm, I don't know, I was just going to boil it with the spices for an hour, I'm not sure about the caramelizing, I might have to look into that. Maybe TexasWine can weigh in on this?
Yup, lots of folks put the pumpkin in the oven until it's got a nice golden brown look to it. In theory its supposed to bring out more pumpkin flavor. But here's my (not so scientific) take on it. It makes sense to bake the pumpkin if you don't boil it. If you're going to boil it, don't worry about baking. Either way you're applying heat to it.

For my recipe I was looking for ways to speed up the prep time. I knew I was going to have a boil step, so I just combined cooking the pumpkin into that step. Dirtied fewer dishes that way too!

I don't think caramelizing is bad. Some folks swear by it, others just boil like me.

BTW, here's and interesting read on pumpkin fermentables.

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f36/how-...58/index3.html
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Old 10-16-2013, 12:10 PM   #12
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I probably won't start any more cider this year since I have ten gallons ready to be drank and another 15 in primary but next time I do make it I am going to try boiling and see which turns out better. The pumpkin that I added to the primary is mostly floating on top, I stir it up everyday and mix it in and it all floats back up so it should be fairly easy to scrap it all off before I rack to my carboy. It sure smells good right now.

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Old 10-17-2013, 05:16 AM   #13
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Well, it's going down tomorrow morning so I will post a couple updates tomorrow. I think I will be doing about 3 batches of cider this year, this one, another batch of blackberry and I have a bunch of Cascade hops from the garden that I will probably use to dry hop at least one batch.

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Old 10-17-2013, 09:38 AM   #14
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Well, it's going down tomorrow morning so I will post a couple updates tomorrow. I think I will be doing about 3 batches of cider this year, this one, another batch of blackberry and I have a bunch of Cascade hops from the garden that I will probably use to dry hop at least one batch.
Definitely keep us updated!

How'd your blackberry cider turn out?
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The blackberry always turns out nice, I have done it 3 times I think. it is just 5 gallons cider and 2 lbs or so of black berries pasteurized and poured into the primary with the cider, the berries turn bleach white in the process. I usually let that go for a month in primary and just siphon it into a keg for a week or so before chilling and carbing.

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Right, everything pretty much went off without a hitch, I couldn't find fresh nutmeg so I got some new ground nutmeg and put it in coffee filters, I should have tossed the filters into a muslin bag though because one came apart. I used the food processor with a slicing blade to chop up the pumpkin.




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Right, everything pretty much went off without a hitch, I couldn't find fresh nutmeg so I got some new ground nutmeg and put it in coffee filters, I should have tossed the filters into a muslin bag though because one came apart. I used the food processor with a slicing blade to chop up the pumpkin.



Looks like I need to get a food processor!
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All up it has an original gravity of 1.054 so it should be around the 10% mark I think, it will be interesting to see how it tastes.
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I was told at my LHBS to use Amylase Enzyme Formula because it will help to convert the starches to fermentable sugars. Any ideas on that?

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Nope, first time I have heard of that honestly, I am mainly going for flavor with the pumpkin so I didn't even think of something like that. I will look it up for good measure anyway. With the gravity that I got though I should be in the high 8% range when it is done fermenting though anyway so I think I will have more then enough in this batch. It is steadily bubbling away, the color has dropped considerably, sediment falling out of suspension probably, yesterday it had the thick foam on top and today it is more of a thick fizzy foam so the US-05 is definitely chugging away. It should be interesting to see how long this one goes for, I am going to start a high gravity batch in my 1 gallon bottle tomorrow morning for a slightly more interesting experiment, don't ask/ don't tell

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