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Old 09-02-2009, 09:25 PM   #1
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AHS Pumpkin Ale

So it says optional pumpkin is not provided . I went out and got my three lbs and then called them and inquired about it. Basically they said all the flavors are provided via the specialty grains and any pumpkin is added during the steeping process (I'm doing the extract). B/c the pumpkin is/would be added so early doesn't that effectively just make it a novelty (ie not actually adding anything)? Or will it indeed impart some more flavor?
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Old 09-03-2009, 12:19 AM   #2
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AHS Pumpkin Ale

So it says optional pumpkin is not provided . I went out and got my three lbs and then called them and inquired about it. Basically they said all the flavors are provided via the specialty grains and any pumpkin is added during the steeping process (I'm doing the extract). B/c the pumpkin is/would be added so early doesn't that effectively just make it a novelty (ie not actually adding anything)? Or will it indeed impart some more flavor?
I was planning on making this same brew next week. I was told that the pumpkin is only for texture, and it adds little to no flavor, and the same thing about the spices. They add all of the flavor.
Does anybody else know different?
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Old 09-03-2009, 04:28 AM   #3
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I brewed this recipe twice,saved a few from the 1st batch.1st btach had no pumpkin,2nd had pumpkin.Tasted the same,the gravity was a little higher though with the pumpkin(Although i did mash the pumkin).Its up to you,to me no taste difference!

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Old 09-03-2009, 04:29 AM   #4
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I just made the mini-mash recipe. I could taste the pumpkin in my OG Hydro sample. That being said I have no idea how this will translate to final product. You could "steep" the pumpkin for 45 mins @ 155 deg F. Same effect as in mini mash w/ pumpkin I presume.

btw the sample tasted like a pumpkin pie with all the sweetness of the wort!

edit: forgot to mention I steeped 2 cans of Libby pumpkin with the grains in the mini-mash.

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I think you will get some real pumpkin flavor if you toast it in the oven before adding it to your boil.

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Thats right BeerCigars, I placed my canned pumpkin on a cookie sheet for 30 mins @ 350 deg F. before I added it to the "mash".

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Thats right BeerCigars, I placed my canned pumpkin on a cookie sheet for 30 mins @ 350 deg F. before I added it to the "mash".
I ordered the extract kit. Can I bake the canned pumpkin like you, and add it to the boil?
I wanted to use fresh pumpkin, but can not find one.
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I ordered the extract kit. Can I bake the canned pumpkin like you, and add it to the boil?
I wanted to use fresh pumpkin, but can not find one.
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Yes you can. But be prepared to lose close to a gallon of beer. You will have a ginormous trub monster in the fermenter.
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Yes you can. But be prepared to lose close to a gallon of beer. You will have a ginormous trub monster in the fermenter.
Ask me how I know.

WOW! Is it even worth adding the pumpkin?
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WOW! Is it even worth adding the pumpkin?
That's up to you, i'm sure I got some flavor out of it, but if you use the correct spices it will be excellent as well.
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