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Old 08-24-2010, 12:19 AM   #1
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I know there are a lot of threads on brewing pumpkin beer, but I would like to focus on when to add the pumpkin to an extract recipe. I've heard to steep it prior to the boil, in the boil, or to the secondary. What is everyone's thoughts?
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Old 08-24-2010, 12:55 AM   #2
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I made a pumpkin tea by cutting the pumpkin up in chunks, putting them in the oven until they became less hard (20 mins or so) and putting them in the freezer after that. Then the next day I boiled them in water for ~20 minutes or so and filtered it off. By heating and freezing you lyse the cells in the meat, so you get most of the ingredients out. I used that as a base for my AG brew. I guess you can use it directly in the boil too.
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Old 08-24-2010, 01:02 AM   #3
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So you are saying to boil them in water after heating/freezing and use that water as part of your boil water? So you add your extract and steeping grains to that?

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yeah, cut in chunks, oven, cool, freeze, boil and filter.

Then you have this pumpkin tea you can use as a base for your steeping and extract. I never extract brewed so I used this tea as base in my mash. Basically I dont think it matters as long as you boil it so you get rid of some of the proteins.

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Are you using fresh or can? Can pumpkin can be spread on a baking sheet and cooked. Then add it to the boil. Fresh can be cut up and baked. Add it to the boil.

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I plan on using real pumpkin.

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I brewed up a pumpkin beer about a month ago and spread 3 cans of pumpkin out on a baking sheet and baked it at 350 for about an hour, then I just added it right to the boil with my extract; turned out great!

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In the end it does not matter as long as you give the pumpkin the time to fall apart. The fruit is pretty hard. If you use canned version its a different story I never had it from a can.

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I brewed up a pumpkin beer about a month ago and spread 3 cans of pumpkin out on a baking sheet and baked it at 350 for about an hour, then I just added it right to the boil with my extract; turned out great!
I did the same thing. I added half of the pumpkin at 30 mins and the other half at 55 minutes with the spices.
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I am planning on using 2-3 cans of pumpkin for my extract pumpkin ale that I picked up from AHS. Those that said you added it during the boil did you put it in a muslin bag?

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