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Old 08-29-2010, 07:32 AM   #1
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Default Pumpkin Ale minus the Pumpkin?

Howdy folks,

Looking to brew a Chocolate Pumpkin Spiced Ale for a rapidly approaching October. I've read conflicting information here on the forums, and among other places, in regards to whether or not I should add Pumpkin. Some folks say "Add the Pumpkin for color, mouthfeel, and for a slight taste". Others say just add the spices during the last 5 minutes.

Will the Pumpkin make that much of a difference? I know that Pumpkin is generally quite bland without the spice. This is going to be an extract recipe.
Also, depending on whether or not I use pumpkin, would I still need a mini-mash? Or should I just steep the grains like normal?

Thanks!

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Old 08-29-2010, 01:15 PM   #2
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If you use pumpkin, you'll need to mash. Otherwise, no. Personally, I don't think they add enough to bother. I'll make pie.

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Old 08-30-2010, 02:30 AM   #3
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I made a pumpkin ale today and baked 3 cans of pumpkin and added it to the boil. I read many posts and took the advice to ADD the pumpkin.

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Looks like this thread is going to make it about as clear as it was before. Almost makes me want to make two batches, same grist and spices, one with pumpkin one without.

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Yea, seems to be about the same as everything else I've read. I'm planning a brew day sometime this week for a pumpkin ale. I'm going to add the pumpkin just for the sake of being a real pumpkin ale.

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pumpkin doesn't add any flavor so just do a spiced ale and spice it to taste like pumpkin pie, may want to add some corn sugar to lighten body as an extract brewer

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I started a pumpkin ale yesterday. I decided to use an pumpkin flavoring instead real pumpkins: https://www.lorannoils.com/p-8555-pumpkin-flavor.aspx

If I could have found real pumpkins around here this time of year, I probably would have done a partial mash with the pumpkins.

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I did my pumpkin ale yesterday and baked 3 cans of pumpkin and steeped it with my grains. Looked at the carboy this morning and there is about 4inches of trub.
We will see how it taste, but if I ever do a pumpkin ale again, I think I will skip the pumpkin and just use the spices. I dont think it is going to make such a huge differance that losing a gallon or more is going to be worth it, but only time will tell!

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I think pumpkin adds a lot to the boil. A lot of people say that adding pumpkin to the mash adds complexity to the beer. I don't do ag so when I did my pumpkin porter i added to the boil. I put the pumpkin in some hops bags and I think that didn't allow the wort to get the full pumpkin potential. Dump in some pumpkin and see what happens! All part of the fun of homebrewing, right?

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Are you supposed to bake the pumpkin that comes in a can???? I didn't last weekend, just opened the cans and put them in the water at 155*

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