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Old 07-01-2011, 10:06 PM   #1
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I have read through a bunch of threads and haven't really found an definitive answer on this. I am brewing my pumpkin beer tomorrow and am using the pumpkin in the mash. Do I need to increase the amount of water I need to account for the pumpkin? And furthermore do I need to increase my water to account for the rice hulls? I know I am in for a long day as the pumpkin will make for a very slow draining. Thanks in advance for any help you can offer, I already learned a lot on the pumpkin discussion thread.

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Old 07-02-2011, 02:08 PM   #2
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when I made my pumpkin beer I did not add extra water it turned out fine exceptthe stuck sparge
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Old 07-02-2011, 02:27 PM   #3
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Get ready for the longest sparge of your life, and remember if its still trickling it ain't stuck.

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Thanks and yes it was the longest sparge of my life. I don't know what I am doing wrong but it takes me forever to collect the 6 gallons or so I need even in my prior batches. I am going to have to do some trouble shooting before my next brew. I have a 10 gallon rubbermaid with a steel braid. This was my 3rd all grain batch, the first 2 went pretty well, this one was much tougher. I missed my targeted gravity by a lot and had very poor efficiency. On a brighter note the beer really smells like pumpkin pie and tastes like it which is what I wanted and I had a nice yeast starter for it. Oh and using a refractometer was fun.

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