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Old 08-31-2009, 03:47 PM   #131
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Gathering info from various recipes, I think I'm settling on this (brewmasters warehouse brew builder is very useful). Here is the recipe: Pumpkin Spice Ale // Brewmasters Warehouse.

What do you think?


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Old 08-31-2009, 06:32 PM   #132
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Good Recipe, but I find that Northern Brewer is a harsh hop. Personally, I'd go with a Mt. Hood.


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Old 08-31-2009, 09:26 PM   #133
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On Sunday I bottled my "pumpkin spice" beer (see post #18 in this thread) that included just spices and no pumpkin. I hopped my batch with a single 20-something IBU charge of Cascade at 60 minutes and added my spice blend at 1 minute. I believe the wort sat for about 15 minutes before it got access to a chiller. Safe to say that I observed no spice presence at all at bottling time, the fermentation probably having scrubbed it all away.

I added 3/4th of the following to a 2.75 gallon batch: 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 tsp ginger, 1/8 tsp allspice, 1/8 tsp nutmeg.

Anticipating this on brew day, I steeped another blend in 2oz of rum to add to taste at bottling. Ended up adding the full strained 2oz and can say that there's just enough presence and not overbearing. My original ground spices probably were not fresh enough to get that expected punch.

I picked up a sixer of Buffalo Bill's Pumpkin Ale and found that too much spice/pumpkin for my tastes, enough so to put my mind off of making another "pumpkin" or spiced beer, methinks.
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Old 08-31-2009, 10:34 PM   #134
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I picked up a sixer of Buffalo Bill's Pumpkin Ale and found that too much spice/pumpkin for my tastes, enough so to put my mind off of making another "pumpkin" or spiced beer, methinks.
I've tasted some great microbrew and homebrew pumpkin beers. However, I didn't like Buffalo Bill's at all. I am planning to brew a batch in the next few weeks and I hope that it comes out like the good ones I've tasted and not like the Buffalo Bill's that I've had.

If I remember correctly, Michelob made a pumpkin spice beer last year that I liked more than BB's.
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Old 08-31-2009, 11:57 PM   #135
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I'm on your side Doog. BB's is worse than anything I've made or bought. I can't remember if I've had hometown Lakefront Brewery's Pumpkin Lager, but I bet that's 100x better than what I still have in the fridge.
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Old 09-01-2009, 05:12 PM   #136
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My buddy and I just made a batch each of Pumpkin beer. His was a kit from LHBS and mine was Thunderstruck pumpkin ale (some where on this site). My wife, my buddy and I love the Pumpkin ale at our local micro brewery (Kuhnhenns in Warren MI.) and Michigan brewing Co.'s Screaming Pumpkin Spiced Ale.

I will actually wait to bottle this beer around mid October.
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Old 09-01-2009, 09:15 PM   #137
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My pumpkin went down to 1.006 from 1.050 with California Ale yeast for some reason. As soon as I took the reading I threw the carboys in the fridge to stop fermentation.

My plan is to keep them cold and add some lactose to get the body and sweetness back where I want it. I'll put 8 ounces in each. My question is about boiling. I know priming sugars are typically boiled before adding for sanitation and to break them down into more readily fermentable sugars. Will boiling the lactose break it down into fermentables?

This issue will also help me wait until it's more seasonal so the yeast can do a little extra clean up. Otherwise I'd probably be kegging tonight, shake carbing, and plow through the 10 gallons (minus substantial trub losses) before All Hallows Eve even gets here.
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Old 09-01-2009, 09:22 PM   #138
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I did one. It came out ok, think I put in too many spices but after 9-12 months aging it wasn't bad. I guess for all the extra fuss and slow, slow sparge I guess I don't really see the point much except a use for the extra pumpkins in the garden. I may do another but maybe not, I can't really taste anything that says "pumpkin" when I drink it except the spices but that is "pumpkin pie". I bet with just the spices you could pass off one as pumpkin beer and few would be able to tell there was no pumpkin in it. Am I wrong?
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My plan is to keep them cold and add some lactose to get the body and sweetness back where I want it. I'll put 8 ounces in each.
I hope you have tasted or are going to taste it before you add any Lactose. I have read too many tales of un-drinkable batches due to liberal additions of Lactose. That stuff is powerful!

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My question is about boiling. I know priming sugars are typically boiled before adding for sanitation and to break them down into more readily fermentable sugars. Will boiling the lactose break it down into fermentables?
No, boiling the lactose with a little water will not make it fermentable, and needs to be done in order to be sanitized.
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I just started fooling around with beertools and tried to incorporate a lot of great recipes on here. I'm not sure how much spice I should add to this recipe and this is my first time building a recipe. Here it goes:

Pumpkin
14-C Imperial IPA

Size: 10.0 gal
Efficiency: 70.0%
Attenuation: 75.0%

Original Gravity: 1.083 (1.070 - 1.090)
Terminal Gravity: 1.021 (1.010 - 1.020)
Color: 18.11 (8.0 - 15.0)
Alcohol: 8.2% (7.5% - 10.0%)
Bitterness: 35.6 (60.0 - 120.0)

Ingredients:
22.0 lb American 2-row Pale
4.0 lb American 6-row Pale
2.0 lb Wheat Flaked
2.0 lb VictoryŽ Malt
4.0 lb Caramel Malt 60L
135.0 oz Pumpkin (canned) - added during mash
1.0 oz Magnum (14.5%) - added during boil, boiled 60 min
1.5 oz Sterling (7.5%) - added during boil, boiled 10 min
0.5 tsp Ginger (fresh) - added during boil, boiled 10.0 min
2.0 tsp Cinnamon (ground) - added during boil, boiled 5.0 min
2.0 tsp Nutmeg (ground) - added during boil, boiled 5.0 min
2.0 tsp Allspice - added during boil, boiled 5.0 min
1.0 tsp Cloves (ground) - added during boil, boiled 5.0 min
2.0 ea White Labs WLP002 English Ale



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