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Old 09-25-2010, 05:31 AM   #11
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Just racked my Vanilla Pumpkin Spice to the secondary - yielding just less than 5 gallons so far. Great burnt orange/brown color and the sample I had at the end was great! Well, as great as a warm, flat beer can taste.

I didn't add more vanilla like I thought I would. I figure I will take a taste out in a few weeks before bottling and if I want to add some more vanilla/spice I will just combine it with my DME I have for priming.

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Old 09-25-2010, 01:45 PM   #12
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I like your method, if tastes how you like it don't add stuff just to add stuff. I think if more people did this with their beers they would be a lot happier with the results. It's funny you mention how good a warm flat beer can taste, one of mine was pretty good too at the secondary to bottling time and amazing after a month of conditioning. Keep us posted on how strong or weak the vanilla and spice get, I'm very curios about this because I think my next brew will be a cherry vanilla stout and I want the vanilla to really be there using beans instead of extract.

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Old 09-25-2010, 02:58 PM   #13
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That sounds great. It's funny you mention that because my next beer I think is going to be a Vanilla Stout. I would have used beans, but here in WA they are currently at like $14/$15 for ONE vanilla bean. CRAZY!

I think my LHBS has some there, but they are like flash frozen or something - so decided on this to just use PURE vanilla extract. I will keep you posted. Posting my recipe for my Simtra IPA (Sly PA) under extract in a few minutes. Good grapefruity hops taste and smell

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Old 09-25-2010, 04:05 PM   #14
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14 or 15 bucks for one bean!?!?! Brother check this out

http://www.midwestsupplies.com/vanilla-beans-1-oz.html

I've ordered a bunch of stuff from these guys and they are great, they are also the only place I can get puree cherries from (LHBS can order them too but they are more expensive).

Did/could you post this recipe when you are done? I'd like to give it a try.

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Old 09-26-2010, 05:36 AM   #15
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Damn - I did find some at my LHBS for $5 for one bean so I think my local grocery store is just trying to pull a fast one on us locals because I couldn't bring myself to do that! Here is the recipe I used:

7lb Pale Malt Extract
1lb 20 Lovibond crystal malt (to keep it as lighter color)
2 oz Willamette hops (60 min) 10 HBU
1/2 oz Cascade hops (60 min) 2.5 HBU
1 oz Mt. Hood hops (15 min)

10 lb Whole Pumpkin
1 tsp ground cinnamon
2 tbsp pure vanilla extract (substitute 1-2 vanilla beans) (10 min)
1/2 tsp freshy ground nutmeg (10 min)
1/4 tsp ground allspice (10 min)
1/2 tsp ground dried ginger (10 min)
1/2 tsp (1g) irish moss (15 min)

WLP001 (California Ale Yeast)

OG: 1.069
FG: 1.018

Gutted pumpkin as if I were carving a jack o lantern. removed skin from pumpkin and cubed up the entire pumpkin yielding about 5.5lbs of clean pumpkin meat. Put on a baking sheet with 1/2inch water and baked at 350degrees for an hour (or until tender to touch). Put into a straining bag (for easy removal) and put directly in the boil at the 40 min mark (40 minute remaining) and essentially let steep. Pumpkin was so soft that some of it would escape through the bag (desired) and the rest just emitted a beautiful burnt orange color and flavor.

After the boil I removed the pumpkin from the boil and let drain (like specialty grains) poured hot water through it and even mashed a little more out of it using my boil spoon. Discarded pumpkin.

It looks like it is going to be a wonderful brew. Looks beautiful in the carboy and would post pictures but am not a premier member. Great burnt orange color and like I mentioned the taste was great. Not overpowering pumpkin flavor, which is what I was going for, with a creamy but light finish due to the vanilla. The spices worked well to create a terrific overall profile, but nothing overly spicy. Excited to try this one at its prime -

Let me know if you have any questions!

Enjoy!

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Old 09-29-2010, 05:46 AM   #16
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I'd really like to make this beer. I've been looking around for an extract pumpkin ale recipe for a while now and this sounds like exactly what I was looking for, but did you use whole hops or pellets? I just typed your recipe into qbrew and it came out at 53 IBU's. That seems pretty bitter. I'm new to homebrewing, so I hope I'm not missing something obvious, but that number is higher than I was expecting for a pumpkin ale.

I hope you're excited for that tangelo hefe. I'm about to bottle a tangelo wit and the hydrometer samples taste fantastic.

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Old 09-29-2010, 03:54 PM   #17
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The tangelo hef I have in my primary in my bathtub of my spare bathroom. My entire bathroom smells like HEAVEN! I can't wait to give that bad boy a try!

Back the the pumpkin - I used whole leave hops, no pellets. It really was not overpowering at all! I love me a good IPA, probably my favorite style, especially, the extra hoppy dry versions we have here in the Northwest, but that was not what I was going for on any level.

They are balanced out by all of the spices, the pumpkin, and the vanilla, and to be honest, there is no bitterness at all.

As I have posted, I am giving a little more time in the secondary (probably 10 more days or so, just to mellow out as one big batch) and then will rack to my bottling bucket, where I will taste again to see where the vanilla stands. I did not want an overwhelming PUMPKIN taste, and I think I have achieved just that with this beer.

Plan on addining maybe 2 oz of extract to the priming solution, if I want more of that full "pumpkin pie with whipped cream" flavor - I will update.
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Old 10-11-2010, 06:25 AM   #18
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Just as clarification since I you said you add the pumpkin at 20 minutes in (40 left on boil), do you add the spices you listed at 10 minutes (50 left) or at 50 minutes (10 left)?

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Old 10-11-2010, 07:15 PM   #19
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50 minutes (10 minutes left) you could even add them ad the end of the boil if desired.

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Updated: I just bottled this on Saturday, and boy was it delicious! I decided to use brown sugar as my priming sugar and couldn't be happier with the flavor! When it is cold and carbed - this will be one of the best beers I have made.

Will update with pictures in a few weeks

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