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Old 08-24-2009, 09:19 PM   #1
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Default Best pumpkin ale kit?

I was cruising around the internet HBS looking for a pumpkin ale kit to get going on for fall. While NB didn't have one (that I found), MW and AHS each had one, but it looks like the recipes are very different. MW's has brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg; while AHS's has cinnamon, nutmeg, mace, and sweet orange peel. Morebeer also has one but they don't list ingredients.

Which brews up the tastiest pumpkin ale?

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Old 08-25-2009, 03:18 AM   #2
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I just brewed the AHS pumpkin ale kit. I added 1 cup brown sugar, and 2 cans of pumpkin (baked @ 350 for an hour) in with the steeping grains. I added 1/2 tsp of pumpkin pie spice in addition to the spice pack provided. It smells absolutly wonderful in the airlock. Smells like thanksgiving in a bottle. It tasted like bitter pumkin pie going into the fermentor. I have very high hopes for this one. Flavors should mend together nicely over the next few months.

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Old 08-25-2009, 05:17 AM   #3
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I just bought the kit on Home Brewers Outpost:

Pumpkin Spice Beer Kit

It came recommended and tastes great, I'm told. Hoping that the reviews are right!

Though I might try hoppheadIPA's idea and add 2 cans of baked pumpkin and some brown sugar to the 20-25 minute steeping session. That sounds good.

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Old 08-25-2009, 12:18 PM   #4
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I am going to go with the kit from Midwest. I have heard alot of good things about this one, and I like ingredients in that kit.

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Old 08-25-2009, 01:45 PM   #5
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I'm looking to brew up some pumpkin ale too. I looked at the MW recipe, and notice that they suggest only leaving the pumpkin in the boil for the last 5 minutes. OTOH, in their FAQ section about pumpkin beer, they suggest putting the pumpkin in for the whole hour. I wonder if anyone can describe the difference between the taste of putting the pumpkin in for the 5 minutes vs. 60 minutes.

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Old 08-25-2009, 01:53 PM   #6
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Midwest! I did their recipe last year and it was by far one of my top 3 favorite extract brews. I dont think I put the pumpkin in for just 5 minutes, I put a large can in at 60 and a can at 5 or something like that. If it really matters to anyone I can check my notes later when I'm home.

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Old 08-25-2009, 03:03 PM   #7
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Midwest! I did their recipe last year and it was by far one of my top 3 favorite extract brews. I dont think I put the pumpkin in for just 5 minutes, I put a large can in at 60 and a can at 5 or something like that. If it really matters to anyone I can check my notes later when I'm home.
I plan on doing this kit, so I am happy to hear that yours turned out great.
If its not too much trouble, please let me know how you did your pumpkin.
Did you toast it in the oven 1st and when did you add it??
Thanks for any hints/tips!
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Old 08-25-2009, 04:55 PM   #8
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Yes, please do!

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I just brewed the AHS pumpkin ale kit.
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MW and AHS each had one, but it looks like the recipes are very different. MW's has brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg; while AHS's has cinnamon, nutmeg, mace, and sweet orange peel. Morebeer also has one but they don't list ingredients.
MW = Midwest Supplies
AHS = Austin Homebrew

I almost ordered this from AHS with my last order, but we decided to do an Oktoberfest instead.

Most pumpkin reciped (Like Thunderstruck Pumpkin listed in the recipes here) require several cans of pumpkin.

I even saw one crazy bugger turn a large pumpkin into a secondary fermenter...
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It looks like I used more pumpkin than they said to use in my batch, two large cans or so, but I only added them for the last 10 minutes of the boil. I was very pleased with outcome of the Midwest kit, and I'd highly recommend it!

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