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Old 09-07-2013, 06:40 PM   #2301
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Old 09-08-2013, 11:13 PM   #2302
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So I just got all the ingredients to make a seasonal Pumpkin Pie graff.. I loosely based this recipe on the all grain recipe here as well as various parts of recipes trying to clone Pumking. I plan on doing this tomorrow, so any input would be awesome.

I'm doing an all grain. Here's my recipe:

3lb Maris Otter 2-row = looking to get a nutty biscuit flavor to resemble the crust
2lb Crystal 80L = It's a nice amber "pumpkin" color
1/2lb light brown sugar
1oz Fortified wheat = head retention
1lb rice hull = for straining the mash (you'll see why below)
1oz crystal hops = this one i'm a little worried about, so any thoughts would be appreciated (read below)
4 gallons kirkland (costco) pure apple juice
Water = Enough to yeild 5/5.5 gallons for the fermenter
1 package of #1187 (Ringwood ale yeast) = I'm looking for the diacetyl in this to get that "buttery" crust flavor

For the mash:

I'm going to do a high mash temp ~ 158F for body and sweetness

During the mash I'm going to use:

a can (almost 2lb) of libby's pumpkin puree = Before it goes into the mash, I plan to spread it thin on a baking pan, cover it with the brown sugar and bake it (this is the reason for the rice hulls)
a box (or half) of crushed graham crackers (for the crust)
a box (or half) of crushed nilla wafers (again for the crust)

I will add the spices at kegging.
I'm going to make separate tinctures using whipped cream vodka and spices such as:
Cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, clove, candied ginger... etc.

I also plan on going somewhat heavy on the vanilla and possibly experiment with hazelnut/almond flavors. I wont know what it'll end up being until I can experiment before kegging. I can say that I'm going to try to keep the spices in the background while bringing forward the vanilla. I also plan on going exceptionally light on cinnamon and probably a little higher on ginger. But that's why I'm going to separate the tinctures and experiment.

Now about the hops. I'm a little worried about the 1oz of Crystal because Brandon O says to be careful on the hops. He said to use .5oz of 6% AA. Brewsmith says crystal is about 3.5% AA, but my package says 4.3%. Is there a target IBU I should aim for? Right now Brewsmith says I'm at about 10.3 IBU (assuming 1oz @ 3.5 AA). I'm using crystal because I want to take advantage of the spiciness--Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Black pepper. Should I do part of the 1oz (say .75% or .50%) at 60 then the rest at 10? or...?

I plan on fermenting in my temp controlled chamber, but not sure what temp yet. I'll be doing a secondary to help it clear (not sure what to expect with the pumpkin and cookie additions). I'll let this sit until Halloween if not Thanksgiving, then I will keg and force carb it. Should I add whirloc and/or pectic enzymes to help it clear?

As is, Beersmith says I should get about 7.9% abv

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Old 09-09-2013, 12:37 AM   #2303
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That sounds awesome. I might have to try something like that. Let us know how it goes?

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Old 09-10-2013, 12:52 AM   #2304
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Alright... I just got done with the pumpkin pie graff.

My original calculations were off... I gave the apple juice a 1.053 gravity, but in fact it's much lower @ 1.044, so my ABV is targeted at about 7% not 7.9%

I ended up doing .75 ounce of the hops @ 60 and the other .25 @ 10. This gives me an IBU of 10.6 @ 4.3 % AA

I mashed in right at 160, and expected to lose a few degrees over the hour. I pretty much stayed close to the 158.

I did preheat my tun and the pumpkin puree. I only sprinkled a little of the brown sugar on the puree and baked it @ 375 for 25 minutes. It got kinda dry and brown.

added the rest of the brown sugar @ 15 in the boil.

did 1lb of rice hulls, and I did 2 of the individual packages that come in the box of graham. And I added the whole box of the nilla wafers.

the color is very dark orange. The pumpkin and brown sugar added some color. It may be a little darker than I wanted, but only time will tell. I also tasted the graham and nilla wafers, but I'm almost wishing I went with the full box of both.

All in all I'm pretty darn happy with it. I'm probably going to start my tinctures tomorrow.

edit: so I ended up taking a taste of the left over wort that had cooled in the measuring cup. Ya, I taste the nilla wafer graham VERY much. Way more than when it was hot. I think I'm glad I didn't go the full box of both.

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Old 09-11-2013, 10:40 PM   #2305
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I woke up this morning to some fermentation action. Thank god because I went to bed worried. The smack pack didn't expand, and it took forever to show signs of fermentation. I guess that's 1187 (ringwood) for ya.

Anyway, here's a pix for those interested.

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Old 09-12-2013, 03:09 AM   #2306
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My apologies if this has been brought up - I had a hard time with the search function.

Has anyone brewed this with more hops?
I wanted to make a pumpkin ale and I wanted to make this so I kinda combined.

60 oz pumkin from the can (roasted for 90 minutes)
4 gallons treetop apple cider
5lbs light liquid malt extract
2lbs oatmeal (for body)
2lbs brown sugar
1oz cascade and 1oz warrior hops (@ different times during the boil)

Gonna add some cinnamon and clove infused vodka to get some of those fall flavors.

I am still pretty new to brewing - I have no gravity readings, etc.
I have made some awesome hard ciders and a couple decent ales but I am wondering how this might turn out.
Will the tartness of the apple cider end up being too much?

Anyways, just wondering if anyone has tried anything like this.

Cheers!

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Old 09-12-2013, 03:42 AM   #2307
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Originally Posted by MisterWoody View Post
My apologies if this has been brought up - I had a hard time with the search function.
It says right on the OP:

Later on, I found hops also helped balance the overall flavor. BUT ONLY A TINY BIT, DO NOT USE MORE THAN CALLED FOR

WARNING! IF YOU ARE GOING TO CHANGE THE AMOUNT OF HOPS USED, MAKE IT LESS NOT MORE, it's really just too bitter with any more.

And my pumpkin pie graff is in the fermenter now. Look at the posts right above yours.
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Old 09-15-2013, 11:50 PM   #2308
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Started a variation on this this weekend. Reduced hops to 1/8oz and added 4oz grated fresh ginger in a hop bag to the boil the same time as the hops. Smells wonderful so far.

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Old 09-16-2013, 04:35 PM   #2310
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Just brewed this on Saturday. Had an OG of 1.064. What is everyone else getting for OG and FG? Just curious what to expect. I would prefer it to end up a little more on the dryer side

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