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Old 08-09-2006, 03:24 AM   #1
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Recently I brewed a Pumpkin Ale Kit

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Anyway, in one of my last posts I stated this:

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anyway, the taste was not quite what I was expecting, but still nice. a mild pumpkin taste, with a little added bitterness
my question is; if when racking to the secondary, i decide on a little more pumpkin taste, can i add another can of pumpkin to the secondary?

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Old 08-09-2006, 01:26 PM   #2
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anybody?

plus one more question; how would adding pumpkin affect my ABV? Would it increase?



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I looked at your picture and saw one can of pumpkin. I know for most brewers here that brewed their pumpkin beers, they used two cans of pumpkin and it's generally considered best to bake the pumpkin at 350 for an hour on cookie sheets.

I'm still deciding how I'm going to formulate my pumpkin ale, but I'm aiming for the taste of delicious, spicy, pumpkin pie.

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I looked at your picture and saw one can of pumpkin. I know for most brewers here that brewed their pumpkin beers, they used two cans of pumpkin and it's generally considered best to bake the pumpkin at 350 for an hour on cookie sheets.

I'm still deciding how I'm going to formulate my pumpkin ale, but I'm aiming for the taste of delicious, spicy, pumpkin pie.
well my can was a 29 oz can. not sure about others, but i thought it was quite a large can.

i added mine to the boil without baking. the instructions on my kit did not call for baking (only if you were using fresh pumpkin).

so can i another can to the secondary, if my taste at racking tells me i want more pumpkin flavor?

btw, while boiling the wort, the smell of the grains, pumpkin, nutmeg and cinnamin were wonderful
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i just saw RichBrewer's pumpkin ale thread and saw that he used 2 cans of pumpkin.

my kit only called for one

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Hot damn you guys are making me jealous. There was a brewpub in Vancouver, BC I went to right down on the waterfront called Steamworks Brewpub. They brewed a special pumpkin ale for the fall. They served it in wine glasses and it was utterly fantastic. It was like biting into a piece of pumpkin pie.

I can't wait to hear how some of these taste and I'm anxious to start mine!

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I wouldn't sweat it. I don't know if anyone wants to tell you to toss another can in for fear of ruining your beer.

You *could* buy another can, bake it at 350 to carmelize it, add a little water and give it a quick boil or 180deg. pasturization then add to your secondary. I believe that canned pumkin should be pretty darn sanitary though...

You may come up with a new recipe doing this and have complex pumkin flavor and aroma throughout the taste. Dry-hopping pumpkin!!

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I wouldn't sweat it. I don't know if anyone wants to tell you to toss another can in for fear of ruining your beer.

You *could* buy another can, bake it at 350 to carmelize it, add a little water and give it a quick boil or 180deg. pasturization then add to your secondary. I believe that canned pumkin should be pretty darn sanitary though...

You may come up with a new recipe doing this and have complex pumkin flavor and aroma throughout the taste. Dry-hopping pumpkin!!
it is nothing but pumpkin, no additives/preservatives, etc... should be fine to dump into the secondary without boiling/pasteurizing. guess i will wait to taste when racking to decide.

and you are correct, i may come up with a new recipe...

i'll be tasting it this upcoming weekend when racking.
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It was like biting into a piece of pumpkin pie.
that's kinda the taste i was looking for, only carbonated and full of alcohol
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ok, when i got ready to rack to the secondary, there were not much pumpkin or spice flavors...

so for the last hour, i have baked another can of pumpkin @ 350...

in the next few mins, i will add everything to the secondary (after the pumpkin cools down a bit).

btw, the ABV was 4.2%, i was hoping for a little more, but that will do...



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