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Old 09-19-2010, 11:54 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by Mustangfreak View Post
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*
After reading this thread, the general consensus was that if you bake the pumpkin you can get some carmelized pumpkin flavors or something of the sort. Bottled my porter about 3 weeks ago. Haven't tried one yet. I hope it's awesome.
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Old 09-20-2010, 08:38 PM   #12
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Guys - there are a huge difference between a baking (sugar) pumpkin and the over-priced pumpkins sold for jack-o-lanterns.

Just sayin.

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Old 09-22-2010, 07:27 AM   #13
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Originally Posted by Havoc View Post
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?


I posted a similar question tonight in the "general" forum (Halloween vs Xmas). My understanding is that a high percentage of the flavor we think pumpkin provides is actually the spices put in it, the meat itself supposedly offers very little. Since I have yet to see a response to my post I'm going to assume no one can refute this.

That being said my LHBS gave me a Holiday Spiced Ale recipie that I've made two years in a row and it's a great tasting ale which I'll be making again this year, unless someone can talk me into the effort of making a pumpkin ale. I'd be glad to post it if it was of interest.

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