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Old 08-04-2010, 03:01 AM   #1
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Can I add can pumpkin pie mix to this brew? Will it make it any better or should I stick with the little bag of spices it came with? I know fresh pumpkin meat would be best, but I hear can pumpkin will still make a good beer.

Also, when do I add the pumpkin mix?

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Old 08-04-2010, 05:39 PM   #2
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You can use canned pumpkin. I suggest spreading it out on a cookie sheet and baking it in the oven until it carmelizes. This really brings out the flavor of the pumpkin.
Im thinking about doing this same kit soon, and plan on adding a few cans of pumpkin.

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Old 08-04-2010, 07:32 PM   #3
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I was getting ready to order this kit as well and add some canned pumpkin too it also.

I'd be very interested to hear what you guys end up doing and how it all turns out!

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Old 08-04-2010, 07:51 PM   #4
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been doing canned pumpkin in meads for years. It works beautifully, especially in conjunction with pumpkin pie spices. I love the idea of baking it first. I'm going to have to try that soon.

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Old 08-05-2010, 02:55 AM   #5
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Great advice!! How much baked pumpkin mix do I add and when do I add it??

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Old 08-05-2010, 05:05 AM   #6
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There are two types of canned pumpkin. For beer I would personally recommend "pure" pumpkin, rather than pumpkin pie.

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Yes make sure you use pure pumpkin, like Libbys brand and not the pumpkin pie stuff.
You should use around 3=15oz cans of pumpkin and add it to your grain bag when you steep.
Spread the pumpkin on a cookie sheet and bake for 20-30 minutes at 350 degrees F before adding to the grain bag.

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Old 08-05-2010, 05:21 PM   #8
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I used fresh pumpkin when I used this kit, but I can't say I really noticed that it had much impact(I didn't let it caramelize like SevenFields suggested though). The spices had more of an impact in my beer, though it was less pumpkin pie spice than I was hoping for. Still, it turned out to be a great beer.

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Baking the pumpkin for 20-30 minutes at 350 degrees F is the key!!!!
If you dont do this, you might as well skip the pumpkin all together and just use the spices, you would get the same end result.
Baking the pumpkin, brings out the flavors!

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I baked it, I just meant I didn't caramelize it.

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