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Old 11-06-2008, 07:35 PM   #1
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Default Pumpkin Beer, hey how much pumpkin?

I am going to brew up a partial mash Pumpkin extract kit this weekend from Austin Homebrew. All I need is the canned pumpkin. I really don't want to cook and gut them myself. I would like a fairly good pumpkin flavor in the brew. How much would you guys use, and would you run it through the boil or add it during a secondary?

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Old 11-06-2008, 07:37 PM   #2
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I was talking to one of the brewers at a local microbrewery and he said they used canned pumpkin in the boil AND in the secondary. I've got one fermenting away in the closet right now. I only added pumpkin to the boil though.

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Old 11-06-2008, 07:39 PM   #3
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Pumpkin should really be mashed because it's mostly starch. There are some sugars in there, but most of it need to get converted. And pumpkin by itself does not have much flavor. What people associate with pumpkin is pie, and the spices that go with it - cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, clove.

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Hmm, I see what you mean. Well the kit I think comes with those spices to add, so if I want more of a pumpkin flavor I shouldn't actually "add" pumpkin but add more of the spices?

Mosa how much did you use?

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Here is a good article:

BYO - Brewing with Pumpkin: Tips from the Pros

I have a pumpkin recipe in my drop-down that you can reference.

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I used 4 lbs of pumpkin in mine. It is mostly the spice you taste, but if you look hard enough you'll find the pumpkin notes. I'd rather use it than skip it.

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Ok 4lbs it is then, the Austin kit did not break down the spices. Thats one of my frustrations with them, I wish there was a more detailed breakdown on their kits! Anyone used a kit of theirs with spices? Curious if they come all mixed up already or broken down with amounts listed, should get mine tomorrow!

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Here is a good article:

BYO - Brewing with Pumpkin: Tips from the Pros

I have a pumpkin recipe in my drop-down that you can reference.
One quick question on your recipe, I see your using "Pumpkin Pie Spice" .4oz total. Isn't pumpkin pie spice actually a mixture of Cinnamon & Nutmeg on its own?
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Ok 4lbs it is then, the Austin kit did not break down the spices. Thats one of my frustrations with them, I wish there was a more detailed breakdown on their kits! Anyone used a kit of theirs with spices? Curious if they come all mixed up already or broken down with amounts listed, should get mine tomorrow!
I just brewed it, the ingredients were listed on the spice package. I cant remember them.
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My neighbor and I brewed a pumpkin and used 4 lbs + the spices in the kit. Honestly...we both wanted more p umpkin. I'm not a fan of the 'spiced' pumpkins. Next time I think we're going to go with 4 lbs of pumpkin during the boil and try adding maybe 2 lbs during 2ndary.

Don't get me wrong, the pumpkin is fantastic...however we wanted more pumpkin out of it, I'm well aware of what pumpkin tastes like, and neither of us are big fans of the pumpkin SPICED beers. It's a work in progress but i wouldn't use anything less than 4 lbs of the pumpkin.

If you're a fan of the spice, you could use the pumpkin pie spiced cans...but i don't even use those when making my pies because i don't like the taste.

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