Originally Posted by rancidcrabtree
Only problem I can really imagine is finding a pumpkin large enough to hold 5 gallons... Maybe a mini batch?? Also, you'd probably want a real good yeast starter to make sure they'd be able to handle any of the nasties in the pumpkin. Is it possible to sanitize a pumpkin with starsan??
I was trying to decide if starsan would work, or if I could maybe use steam/boiling water. I don't see why starsan wouldn't
work, but like I said, I'm certainly no expert on these things.
Also, I know lots of fruits and vegetables give off ethylene gases that help to ripen them. Do pumpkins do this? How might that affect the beer?