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Old 08-14-2012, 12:43 PM   #91
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Hey guys, I'm going to be buying the supplies for this recipe and I can't help but to think about how much I'll be mashing! Did anyone else do this recipe with less grains? Or is having such a high OG what makes this so "pumpkin pie-ish"? I won't skimp out if this is what everybody else did and had great results with, but I figured I would ask. Thanks!
You can absolutely scale back the recipe, the spices/vanilla give it the pumpkin pie flavor. I like it being 'big' and Imperial because it has a nice big body. I would say scale down the base grain and some of the Crystal a hair, then flavor with spices as you see fit.
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Old 08-14-2012, 03:05 PM   #92
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When I first made it, I scaled the grains down to 10 lbs pale malt and 2 lbs crystal-20. I cut the spices in half and added baked pumpkin chunks during the last 15 minutes of the boil. It was phenomenal and about 6%.

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Old 08-14-2012, 08:32 PM   #93
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Thanks for the response guys! For my 5 gallon batch, I decided to go right in between you two. I can't wait to brew this up. One more question though, is there any reason you didn't use vanilla extract from the bottle rather than using an actual vanilla bean?

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Old 08-14-2012, 08:34 PM   #94
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Thanks for the response guys! For my 5 gallon batch, I decided to go right in between you two. I can't wait to brew this up. One more question though, is there any reason you didn't use vanilla extract from the bottle rather than using an actual vanilla bean?
You can use vanilla bean if you like, I made the extract with real vanilla beans. It gives you more control over the flavor because you can add/swirl/taste.
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Old 08-14-2012, 09:21 PM   #95
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I used store bought (Trader Joe's) bourbon vanilla extract at kegging. It was fantastic. Just make sure you use pure vanilla extract and not imitation.

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Old 08-15-2012, 01:03 PM   #96
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Thanks a lot guys..I appreciate it. I'll be brewing this on Saturday and I'll let you know what the initial taste tests are like!!!

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Thanks a lot guys..I appreciate it. I'll be brewing this on Saturday and I'll let you know what the initial taste tests are like!!!
Awesome! I will say, it won't be as 'pumpkiny' until bottling/kegging when you add the additional spice so don't be alarmed.
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I second that! It will "taste pumpkin-y," but won't have the right aroma yet because it gets blown off during fermentation. Once you add the spices/vanilla at kegging/bottling it all comes together!

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I used store bought (Trader Joe's) bourbon vanilla extract at kegging. It was fantastic. Just make sure you use pure vanilla extract and not imitation.
I'm gong to try this. Instead of using store bought, I'm going to make my own. But I'm going to soak the bourbon vanilla beans (from Madagascar) in bourbon (from Makers Mark) instead of vodka. Not sure how much flavor this will add, but can't possibly be bed, can it?
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I'm gong to try this. Instead of using store bought, I'm going to make my own. But I'm going to soak the bourbon vanilla beans (from Madagascar) in bourbon (from Makers Mark) instead of vodka. Not sure how much flavor this will add, but can't possibly be bed, can it?
The bourbon will add flavor, but it really depends on how much you put in. My suggestion would be to add/stir/taste until it's where you want it.
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