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Old 08-10-2006, 01:39 AM   #1
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Default The Pumpkin is better than I expected

Wow....all I can say is WOW

Its only been a month and a week since I brewed it. It may even get better. Spices have mellowed into a perfect seasonal desert beer. The pumpkin is there, but could be a tad more pronounced, a bit more cinnamon, and touch less nutmeg. Definitely some more biscuit and wheat. Dont get me wrong, Im not complaining, but we can make this perfection.

And for those who thought the pumpkin makes a beer cloudy.....well I'll let the picture speak for itself. I got a nice shot of the neighbors tree through the glass.

Ok, guys, as soon as you all are done with yours, lets colaborate and make a killer recipe. I figure we can brew the beginning of October for a good Thanksgiving beer.

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congrats, i hope my pumpkin ale comes out half as nice as that looks...

btw, my pumpkin ale taste after boiling/chilling needed a little more pumpkin in my opinion also. when i taste it at racking time, i might add another can of pumpkin to my secondary.
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c i might add another can of pumpkin to my secondary.
Are you going to caramalize the pumpkin before you add it? I guess that would act as sanitizing as well if you do decide to do it.
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Are you going to caramalize the pumpkin before you add it? I guess that would act as sanitizing as well if you do decide to do it.
is that necessary? what are the advantages of carmalizing, other than sanitation?

i thought since it was nothing but natural pumpkin i could just add it, but tell me if i am wrong...

i got the same advice from Exo in another thread. i guess i should carmalize...

again, congrats on your Pumpkin Ale
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is that necessary? what are the advantages of carmalizing, other than sanitation?

well I guess carmalizing allows for for of hte pumpkins sugars to be converted. And since I typed before I thought, I guess it wouldn't matter unless you put it in the mash. Im not sure, maybe someone who knows will chime in.

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I don't think sanitastion is an issue. since the stuff is well beyond boiling when it gets canned.
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I'm glad to see good reviews of a pumpkin ale come in. Can you link to the thread that shows the recipe you used, if there is one? I'm going to pick up ingredients at my LHBS soon. He's got a pumpkin ale recipe he gives out, but I have NO idea what it tastes like. If you've got an extract recipe to try, I'd like to see it.
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I don't think sanitastion is an issue. since the stuff is well beyond boiling when it gets canned.
what about carmelization, will that help in adding fermentables?

i'm all for making this pumpkin ale a little on the heavy side...

not trying to highjack your thread Chimone, sorry
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See a 10+ yr guy on that boss.
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I'm glad to see good reviews of a pumpkin ale come in. Can you link to the thread that shows the recipe you used, if there is one? I'm going to pick up ingredients at my LHBS soon. He's got a pumpkin ale recipe he gives out, but I have NO idea what it tastes like. If you've got an extract recipe to try, I'd like to see it.

No, no extract recipe. But you could just substitute DME for the 2 row. I think its 1.5 lbs of 2 row to 1 lb of DME.

This was going to be something else, so we pooled what we had together at the night before. then headed over to the grocery store for the pumpkin and spices. I think Ill wait until I hear how everyone elses turns out before I put together the Pumpkin v1.2



Grain/Extract/Sugar

% Amount Name Origin Potential SRM
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74.4 8.00 lbs. Pale Malt(2-row) America 1.036 2
9.3 1.00 lbs. Crystal 10L America 1.035 10
9.3 1.00 lbs. Muntons LME - Wheat England 1.037 3
4.7 0.50 lbs. Cara-Pils Dextrine Malt 1.033 2
2.3 0.25 lbs. Biscuit Malt Belgium 1.035 24

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Amount Name Form Alpha IBU Boil Time
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0.50 oz. Cascade Whole 5.75 11.5 60 min.
0.50 oz. Saazer Whole 4.30 7.7 45 min.
0.50 oz. Cascade Whole 5.75 3.1 15 min.


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White Labs WLP008 East Coast/Alt Ale

then added one large can of 100% pumpkin in the mash, and one in the boil.


2 TBLSP Nutmeg

3 TBLSP Allspice

3 Sticks of Cinnamon
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