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Old 09-24-2011, 03:36 PM   #1
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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.



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Old 09-24-2011, 03:52 PM   #2
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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?...


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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.

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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.
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What do you think about making a pumpkin pale ale?

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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.

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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. I'm working on an extract punkin ale recipe myself for turkey day.
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Thanks for all help!

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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.
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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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