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Old 09-12-2012, 12:13 AM   #1
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Brewing a pumpkin ale got a recipe from the brew site.My question is concerning the pumpkin spices. Recipe calls for 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of the spices listed below:
cinnamon
allspice
mace
ginger
Would it be 1/2 to 1 teasp. of each or combine all the spices and add 1/2 to 1 teasp.? Also, it suggests adding spices to the secondary fermenter. What would be the amount? Thanks, Steve

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Old 09-12-2012, 12:21 AM   #2
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It really depends on your preference honestly. It is hard to know what the recipe meant not seeing the recipe. I think you could be ok with a 1/2 teaspoon of each. And i would suggest adding them at flameout rather than secondary.

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Old 09-12-2012, 12:29 AM   #3
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http://www.thebrewsite.com/pumpkin-ale-recipe/
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spices at end of boil and additional when moving to secondary. how long at the end of boil? last 5 mimutes?

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Old 09-12-2012, 03:22 PM   #5
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ahh this recipe does say 1 teaspoon total of all the spices. that seems a little light but i usually work in grams/ounces so I am not quite sure how much that is. I would say last 5 minutes of boil should be fine. Taste it if you are moving to secondary, if you think it needs more add more.

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Old 09-12-2012, 05:05 PM   #6
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If you're using mace, I suggest using it in tandem with nutmeg for a rounder flavor. I'd probably use cardamom or clove instead of allspice, which can be more like black pepper than anything else. Clove and nutmeg are more intense than the other spices, so you'll need less of them.

I don't bother with stressing over adding measured amounts when using spices for a beer. Instead, I simmer a spice tea with water and whole/cracked spices until I like the flavor and pitch that at flameout, until I once again like the flavor. Some more could be added prior to bottling if you feel it needs it.

The moral of the story is that it's better to taste, adjust, and see vs. asking if there are proven additions that work. This advice won't help everyone in every situation.

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so the spice profile could be cinnamon,nutmeg,mace,clove and ginger?

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how much water should be used in making the spice tea

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You're too hung up on measurements. Just make it. Taste it. Adjust it. Use it.

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12 oz for tea? help a bro out!

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