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MedicineMan 09-24-2011 03:36 PM

Pumpkin IPA
I was thinking of making a pumpkin IPA for the holidays. I thought of taking an IPA recipe and adding the pumpkin and spices. How do you think this would turn out, or should I build a recipe around the pumpkin? Thanks for the help.

unionrdr 09-24-2011 03:52 PM

Not sure how the spices would react with the usual "C" hops used in IPA's. Unless maybe you also used some German spicy hops with the c hops somehow. Just keep the "C" hops minimal,while maybe letting the spicy German hops stand out a bit more?...

PT Ray 09-24-2011 04:12 PM

Have to agree, the hopping is wrong for a pumpkin ale. The grain bill for an IPA might be useable if you up the crystal a little.

unionrdr 09-24-2011 04:19 PM

That's why I thought the spicy German noble hops would be better. Sort of highlighting the spices & pumpkin used. Then,maybe prime with demerara sugar in 2C of boiled water with a tsp or 2 of vanilla mixed in to bulk prime.

MedicineMan 09-24-2011 04:20 PM

What do you think about making a pumpkin pale ale?

PT Ray 09-24-2011 04:22 PM

Generally spiced and fruit beers are limited to just bittering hops. Another option would be to drop the spices and just add the pumpkin to an IPA or APA recipe.

unionrdr 09-24-2011 04:27 PM

Well,if it were me,I'd use 1oz each of Perle & Haulertauer hops. Keeping bittering to a minimum. Mainly late hop additions,as in hop bursting. Maybe 2tsp cinnamon,1tsp each fresh grated ginger & nutmeg. Vanilla optional. I'd also go for the classic amber orange color with a light,toasty malt profile to match the pumpkin somewhat. Where one doesn't overpower the other. The pumpkin would also give it a bit more color,in my understanding so far. :mug:I'm working on an extract punkin ale recipe myself for turkey day.

MedicineMan 09-24-2011 04:28 PM

Thanks for all help!

unionrdr 09-24-2011 04:32 PM

I was just thinking of maybe taking my duel purpose APA/IPA recipe & adding to that. Use the Sunset Gold APA recipe,& add the pumpkin & spices to that. It already uses spicy Perle & Haulertauer hops.

MedicineMan 09-26-2011 04:46 AM

I was think of the using 2oz Santiam hops during the boil, 2oz for dry hopping and 1.5lbs crystal 15L, 8 lbs LME and maybe a vanilla bean or two in the secondary any thoughts?

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