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Old 08-20-2012, 10:40 PM   #1
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Want to do an original recipe pumpkin beer, possibly a pumpkin stout. Should I follow a stout recipe and add the pumpkin and spices to or should I combine the two? Also I couldn't get and pale malt at my home brew store. What could I use instead? I have some Maris otter and crystal? Just wanted some opinions. Thanks.

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Old 08-20-2012, 10:55 PM   #2
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Want to do an original recipe pumpkin beer, possibly a pumpkin stout. Should I follow a stout recipe and add the pumpkin and spices to or should I combine the two? Also I couldn't get and pale malt at my home brew store. What could I use instead? I have some Maris otter and crystal? Just wanted some opinions. Thanks.
Make your base beer the stout and add the pumpkin spices as you desire. Maris otter is a nice base and lends a little more mallty to the beer
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Old 08-20-2012, 11:25 PM   #3
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Want to do an original recipe pumpkin beer, possibly a pumpkin stout. Should I follow a stout recipe and add the pumpkin and spices to or should I combine the two? Also I couldn't get and pale malt at my home brew store. What could I use instead? I have some Maris otter and crystal? Just wanted some opinions. Thanks.
Maris-Otter is pale malt.
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Old 08-21-2012, 12:08 AM   #4
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Thank you!

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Old 08-21-2012, 01:28 AM   #5
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I'm formulating a pumpkin english brown right now and am going for Maris-Otter. The feedback I've been getting is to start with a beer with really low IBUs so bitterness is not competing with the spices.

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Old 08-21-2012, 01:35 AM   #6
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Having a great base beer is crucial to having a great specialty beer. +1 to having a lower IBU beer, because you do not want the hops and spices competing with one another. Also when using spices my experience has taught me that you want to add half of what you initially think you want to use at the end of the boil. Once fermentation is subsiding, give your brew a quick taste and then add a little more if you think it needs it then give it a couple days and check again until you think it is right. Also remember that carbonation will increase the perception of the spices so a deft hand is key. You can always add more spice but once you go overboard you can't take it away!

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This is related so I feel like it isn't thread jacking but does anyone have a good spice bill for something you don't want to be noticeable but not crazy overpowering?

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Here is the mix/ratio I use in my brews and pies: 1 teaspoon Cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon Ginger, 1/4 teaspoon Nutmeg, 1/4 teaspoon Clove.

After it is all thoroughly mixed I would use half (1 teaspoon) at the end of the boil and reserve the rest to add later depending on how much flavor/aroma you want.

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Here is the mix/ratio I use in my brews and pies: 1 teaspoon Cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon Ginger, 1/4 teaspoon Nutmeg, 1/4 teaspoon Clove.

After it is all thoroughly mixed I would use half (1 teaspoon) at the end of the boil and reserve the rest to add later depending on how much flavor/aroma you want.
Awesome, thanks for that.
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