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Old 10-29-2010, 12:03 AM   #21
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Did you add anything to the Secondary like you where planning on?

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Old 10-29-2010, 05:19 PM   #22
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Hey Craig, I have a few questions... How much brown suger did you add to your batch? I'm assuming it's 5gals. was the vanilla over powering? and Last I was thinking about adding pumpkin to my winter spiced ale when I rack to the secondary but not sure how much, any thoughts... I'm kinda looking for that same Pumpkin pie beer too.

Any help or thoughts would be a great.

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Old 11-03-2010, 04:26 AM   #23
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Hey sorry for not getting back to you sooner! No I ended up keeping it as is, because it had the perfect "cream" taste I was going for.

I included it in a pumpkin beer tasting panel, and have had 5-6 people wanting to buy sixers off of me!

Thinking about brewing this up again this weekend, because I cannot keep enough on hand!
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Hey Craig, I have a few questions... How much brown suger did you add to your batch? I'm assuming it's 5gals. was the vanilla over powering? and Last I was thinking about adding pumpkin to my winter spiced ale when I rack to the secondary but not sure how much, any thoughts... I'm kinda looking for that same Pumpkin pie beer too.

Any help or thoughts would be a great.
Sorry for not getting back to you sooner Lou, been working on starting a new business venture!

This pumpkin beer is the best I have had. If I had any complaints, there is not enough "spice" flavor. I can definitely taste it, but it is probably mellowed out by the vanilla I added. As I mentioned, I didn't add any additional vanilla to the secondary, and it has been in the bottle now for 3 1/2 weeks.

To answer your questions, I used 2/3 cup brown sugar with 2 cups water, brought to a boil and added to bottling bucket. This was the best thing I could of done to this beer in my opinion - it brings out a remarkable flavor and as I have mentioned friends of mine are willing to buy this beer off of me because I can't bring it to myself to give more than a beer or two away to them!

2nd - if you do add pumpkin to the secondary. I would recommend skinning the pumpking, chunking it into cubes, and baking it before adding it into the secondary.

I can't speak to keeping it in the secondary, as I only used the pumpkin meat in my boil, and it has just enough pumpkin flavor, without the pumpkin PUNCH in the face I was trying to avoid.

Probably the best beer I have brewed, and planning on making more this weekend (if I can find the pumpkin around - they removed pumpkins from all grocery stores the day after Halloween here! Might try canned (blah!)

Not sure!

Let me know if you have any other questions. I paid a little more for the freshest of all ingredients-
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Hey Craig, thanks for the reply. So I went ahead an added 3 cans of pumpkin on Sunday it seems to have lost some sweetness and not sure why?? The clove is still there but it seems to be a bit better. I'm planing on bottling this batch to see how it comes out over time , So if I decide to do it again next year I will know what I want to change or keep the same. I'am going to try the brown suger and see if that sweet-ins it up.
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Brewed this Sunday, Can't wait to taste it. I cut the recipe in half and only made 2.5 Gallons now I think I should of made a full batch!!! Maybe next year.

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Brewed this Sunday, Can't wait to taste it. I cut the recipe in half and only made 2.5 Gallons now I think I should of made a full batch!!! Maybe next year.
You will be sorry you only did a 1/2 batch! People are banging down my door for me to brew more. It's a local treasure!

Did you use fresh pumpkin?
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Hey Craig, thanks for the reply. So I went ahead an added 3 cans of pumpkin on Sunday it seems to have lost some sweetness and not sure why?? The clove is still there but it seems to be a bit better. I'm planing on bottling this batch to see how it comes out over time , So if I decide to do it again next year I will know what I want to change or keep the same. I'am going to try the brown suger and see if that sweet-ins it up.
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When you say you added 3 cans of pumpkin, did you add it to the boil? Primary? Where?

When did you taste it to notice it has lost it's sweetness? Did you use the exact recipe as I did?
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I added the pumpkin to the seconary, and I noticed the the loss of sweetness yesterday.

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Old 11-08-2010, 02:25 AM   #30
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Yes I used fresh Pumpkin

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