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Old 08-20-2009, 07:16 PM   #1
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Default First pumpkin ale...pics

I brewed my first pumpkin ale yesterday. I used Jamil's recipe from the book "Brewing Classic Styles". I pretty much followed his recipe. I did add 87 ounces of canned pumpkin(baked at 350 for 60 minutes) and 1.5 lbs. of rice hulls to prevent a stuck sparge. Well, I still got a stuck sparge.

It got stuck after my 2nd sparge. Had to use the paint strainer method. I ended up getting 2 gallons from the paint strainer method. I wasn't sure how my efficiency would be, but I ended up getting 71%. Also ended up high on my volume....a bit over 6 gallons.

I also had problems holding my mash temp for 90 minutes. Even though I had some problems I did not panic(been there and have done that and the beer still came out good). This is a far cry from 4 moths ago when I did my first all-grain and worried about my beer. In the end it works out more often then not.

Here are some pics.

Mashing




My setup




Draining mash tun




Boiling




Cooling




Into the carboy




Fermenting 14 hours after pitching yeast.

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Old 08-20-2009, 07:24 PM   #2
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mmmmmm

I'm looking forward to making a pumpkin ale.

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Looks great. I just ordered up the ingredients to do Jamil's pumpkin recipe as well. Did you use the full amount of spice in the boil or hold some back as he suggested to add at kegging?

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Old 08-21-2009, 03:27 AM   #4
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Looks great. I just ordered up the ingredients to do Jamil's pumpkin recipe as well. Did you use the full amount of spice in the boil or hold some back as he suggested to add at kegging?
I did what he suggested. I put in 2/3 of the spice and will add more after fermentation is complete.
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That looks really good man, Im thinking of doing something like that soon.

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Looks really good. I've been really debating doing that recipe as well (all of Jamil's recipes I have attempted turned out great!), and this puts the final nail in it for me. Ordering soon...

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. Even though I had some problems I did not panic
Glad to hear others with the "It'll make beer" philosophy!!!
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Watch out for blowoff in that carboy!

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Looks good man! I was thinking of picking up supplies to make that same recipe this next weekend. Let us know how it turns out

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The best beer I've ever made was Jamil's simple American Wheat beer. I'd trust ANY recipe he puts his name on to be spot-on for the style and delicious. Gonna go google his recipe for pumpkin ale now and try to make it with a friend in the next week or so.

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