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Old 10-14-2011, 05:35 PM   #1
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Default Pumpkin Ale problems

So I whipped up a batch of pumpkin ale yesterday but ran in to a couple of problems. The grain bill was 9.25lbs. With 4 pounds of roasted pumpkin. I decided to put the pumkin in with the mash instead of during the boil which created the problems. First runnings (which would barely run out unless I kept knocking the SS braid manifold with my stir paddle) never even came close to clearing so I finally just said the heck with it and ran about 3 gallons in to the boil kettle. I then sparged with about 5 gallons and ran in to the same thing. Would only drain out if I continually kept smacking the manifold. The final 7 gallons looked like the Mississippi River before and after the boil. I ended up with an OG of 1.046. I am anticipating a trub the size of Texas.

Anyone run in to this problem with pumpkin ales?

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Old 10-14-2011, 06:32 PM   #2
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I've only done 1 pumkin ale and the recipe said to make sure I didn't skip out on the 1 lbs of rice hulls it called for or I would face a stuck sparge, which sounds llike the issue u had. I also mashed the pumkin

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Old 10-14-2011, 07:03 PM   #3
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Yup, use rice hulls next time and you'll be much better off. I'd almost up that to two pounds as I still ended up with a stuck sparge near the end

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Old 10-14-2011, 07:41 PM   #4
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I bake, scrape and then mash (potato masher) a 12lb pumpkin. I throw it in a nylon brew/wine bag start mashing (the malt this time) Never had a problem, just pull the bag out when done mashing and let it sit in a collander over a clean pot then add the collected liquid to the boil kettle. Some of the mashed pumpkin comes out of the bag during the mash but not enough to ever cause me a problem with my sparge.

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Old 10-14-2011, 07:57 PM   #5
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Do rice Hull add anything in regards to flavor, texture or gravity? Or are they simply a mash aid?

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Old 10-14-2011, 08:00 PM   #6
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Do rice Hull add anything in regards to flavor, texture or gravity? Or are they simply a mash aid?
From what I've read it imparts nothing in that regard, just helps with stuck sparges.
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Cool thx.

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Old 10-14-2011, 08:04 PM   #8
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Yep, roasted pumpkin in the mash is a b!tch. The only solution is rice hulls and lots of it. I use a pound of rice hulls per batch in a pumpkin ale, 2 times as much as I use in a wheat ale.

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Old 10-14-2011, 08:22 PM   #9
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You could also condition your grain and get nearly flawless husks and lots of them, then add rice hulls. They do not impart anything. but yea... I tried a pumpkin and it was the second time I had a stuck sparge, the first was when I did a heff with a tight grind. That was a throw out batch...

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Old 10-14-2011, 08:30 PM   #10
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+1 for 1lb of rice hulls. Did a very similar recipe, and never had a stuck sparge.

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