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Old 10-03-2011, 12:49 AM   #1
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So quick question for you guys. I have a pumpkin ale fermenting right now. I used canned pumpkins and there is a lot of trub that the beer is currently sitting. Everything that I have read says that pumpkin ales need to be racked to a secondary.

My question is that an absolute? Will the beer turn out as well if I just leave it on the trub until bottling or will there be to much waste?

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Old 10-03-2011, 01:12 AM   #2
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You'll experience additional sediment in your bottles, which could be minimized by careful handling during bottling. Let the primary rest after transporting it to your station, and siphon quietly. Don't expect a clear beer.

As for flavor, maybe an additional squashy flavor from the lengthy pumpkin stay in your primary?

Short answer, it's not an absolute in my opinion.

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Old 10-03-2011, 02:13 AM   #3
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Thanks. That helps alot.

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Old 10-03-2011, 07:33 AM   #4
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I just bottled a pumpkin ale tonight that was in primary for 6 weeks just sitting on 120 oz of pumpkin, this is my first pumpkin brew so I'll see how it tastes in a few weeks.

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Old 10-03-2011, 06:32 PM   #5
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Good luck on your brew. yeah this is my first pumpkin ale. I am looking forward to it think I am going to let it sit on the pumpkin as well, one less step to screw it up. Don't mind it being cloudy if it is still palatable.

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Old 10-03-2011, 06:43 PM   #6
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I just started a pumkin last night 30 oz. Although my station from primary to bottling bucket doesn't move (counter top in my fermentation room, aka utility room). I hope I don't to get to much stuff. Maybe I'll plan on a secondary.

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Old 10-03-2011, 07:06 PM   #7
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I usually leave my pumkin from 4-6 weeks in primary and when I transfer to the bottling bucket the cake and trub are very tight and easily to rack the beer without getting much sediment, so secondary isn't a must.

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