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Old 08-26-2011, 06:01 PM   #141
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Thanks, I forgot about the absorption, but I basically meant sparge to get 3.5 gallons. Curious about why you suggest a higher water ratio in the mash (trying to learn more about the process).

Also, would you suggest rice hulls for the partial mash?

Thanks for all the help. I'm pumped about this recipe and my first partial mash brew day.

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Old 08-26-2011, 09:07 PM   #142
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Thanks, I forgot about the absorption, but I basically meant sparge to get 3.5 gallons. Curious about why you suggest a higher water ratio in the mash (trying to learn more about the process).

Also, would you suggest rice hulls for the partial mash?

Thanks for all the help. I'm pumped about this recipe and my first partial mash brew day.
Good questions. The 2 qt/lb ratio is to account for absorption by the pumpkin. It seems to work well.

And I'd recommend rice hulls any time pumpkin goes in the mash
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Old 08-26-2011, 09:18 PM   #143
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Thanks for the help Reno. The only thing i'm changing is that i'm going to use Penzey's Pumpkin Pie Spice.

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Old 08-26-2011, 10:17 PM   #144
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Here's a private message conversation I felt should be posted. It brings up some good questions.

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I'm planning on making the pumpkin beer from your recipe. Had a few q's if you don't mind

From your posts it looked liked you increased the strike water amount to 2qt/lb. Total strike amount 24quarts? Making the batch sparge amount 36qts?

do you let the pumpkin you browned in the oven cool before you add it to the mash?

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Yeah i've found that 2qt/lb is a good ratio when using 2 cans of pumpkin. And I tend to do a single batch sparge, and in this case 3.5 gallons yields me the perfect boil volume. This may not be the case for your system... I've nailed down my numbers after doing this recipe enough times.

And as for cooling the pumpkin, yeah I let it sit out for 15-20 minutes. But I add it to the mash first before the grain so I can still dial in on the correct strike water temperature

Also, if you don't mind could I post this conversation on my recipe thread? They are good questions
no problem post away. Is 3.5 enough? Palmer says to use 1.5x batch water to strike water, but that seemed like way too much water.
Yeah sometimes volumes need to be adjusted if using a high mash ratio. And yeah, 3.5 is enough if you get between 3.5 & 4 gallons on your first draining
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I don't know if this has already been asked. I skimmed through the posts, but I could have missed it.

I put the recipe into beersmith. On the hop additions I changed the AAU's to 4.8% and made the additions at 60 min and 5min. The problem is according to beersmith the IBU's are only 8.3. Does this seem right? Or could this be a beersmith error?

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Hmm.... good question, I don't know why it would give you 8.3 IBU. In BeerSmith, what does the batch size and boil volume say? Also, are you using version 1.x or 2.0?

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I'm using 2.0 with my efficiency set to 70%. I'm using the same equipment I use for every recipe. This is the first time I've had a big discrepancy like this. But I guess if the recipe as turned out great for everyone else, and it seems like it has, I should quit worry about the stupid computer and toss the hops in like the recipe says.

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Well it's that time of year again! SWMBO wants me to do a 10 gallon batch this time around for a Halloween party so looks like I'll be brewing this up this weekend. Gotta keep her happy you know.

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I don't know if this has already been asked. I skimmed through the posts, but I could have missed it.

I put the recipe into beersmith. On the hop additions I changed the AAU's to 4.8% and made the additions at 60 min and 5min. The problem is according to beersmith the IBU's are only 8.3. Does this seem right? Or could this be a beersmith error?
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