Originally Posted by kpr121
I had a pumpkin ale recipe set up for this fall but I am replacing it with this one. Should be brewing it this weekend hopefully (as long as I can find pumpkin). If I cant find the pumpkin is there any other substitutions that I should make (maybe biscuit malt?)?
Oh, I'm actually quite flattered you chose my recipe.
If you don't mind me asking, what was the other recipe and why did you change?
Okay, so try local grocery stores, WalMart (*shudder*), Bodegas, etc., for some Libby's cans and if you can't find those get pie pumpkins... maybe like 0.5# over the weight of two big cans of Libby's to account for the rind. Then, instead of following the puree instructions, just chop those suckers in half, clean them and bake them meat-side-up in the oven at ~350*F for 30-45 minutes. Then scoop the soft meat (hehehehehe) into the mash and proceed as usual.
If you reeaally can't find pumpkin, I don't think biscuit malt will work as a substitute for pumpkin. Toasty/biscuity/nutty malts are meant to simulate the "crust" in this whole pumpkin pie simulation. Now, if you want to substitute pumpkin you can always use sweet potatoes or another sweet summer squash. You'd never tell the difference.