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Old 08-21-2009, 09:34 PM   #1
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Hi all,
I'm getting ready to brew my second batch (first one was a wheat beer that's been bottled and appears to be coming along nicely), and I figured that if I brew a pumpkin ale now it can be ready for late October/November. My problem is that its still too early in the year to find fresh pumkin, can I use the canned stuff? I've read conflicting information.

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Old 08-21-2009, 09:35 PM   #2
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Yes, go for it! Here's a post with some pics from my pumpkin ale brewday.
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f85/pump...rewday-131354/


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Old 08-21-2009, 09:37 PM   #3
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You can certainly used the canned stuff - look up Yuri's Thunderstruck recipe. (I will be brewing it next week)

Alternatively, you can pick up a kit from Austin Homebrew.
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Old 08-21-2009, 09:40 PM   #4
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We brewed the pumpkin ale kit from midwest a few weeks ago. Took a taste before we bottled last weekend and I think it is going to be pretty good. We used a couple of cans of pumpkin from the grocery store.

 
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Old 08-22-2009, 03:28 PM   #5
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I used two cans of Meijer brand pumpkin and the pumpkin ale I brewed a few weeks ago (Yuri's Thunderstruck) tastes great so far.

 
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Old 08-22-2009, 03:54 PM   #6
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My problem is that its still too early in the year to find fresh pumkin, can I use the canned stuff? I've read conflicting information.

Thanks in advance.
Canned pumpkin is fine, are you doing all grain or extract? I baked mine (2 30 oz cans for a 5 gal batch) at 350 for a little over and hour and mixed some of the strike water in to make it runny then just mashed. No problems with the sparge.
I just did mine yesterday and it's a good thing I put on a blow off tube because that yeast looks angry!!!
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Old 08-22-2009, 04:09 PM   #7
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I did some research on pumpkin when I brewed my batch and, from everything I read, canned is actually as good as fresh if not better.
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Old 08-22-2009, 11:25 PM   #8
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The spices give it the taste,not the pumpkin.
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Old 08-22-2009, 11:29 PM   #9
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I just finished drinking a batch of Pumpkin Wheat that I brewed a few weeks ago. Basically it's a dunkleweizen extract recipe with four of the 29 oz cans of Libby's pumpkin and a pumpkin spice pack from AHS. Turned out really good! I can post the ingredients if anyone is interested.
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Old 08-22-2009, 11:37 PM   #10
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The spices give it the taste,not the pumpkin.
I have to disagree. My first experiment with the pumpkin hefeweizen was a half-batch that I did not add any spices to at all. The pumpkin puree was baked at 400F spread out on a cookie sheet for about 30 minutes. The beer had a distinct pumpkin flavor to it, just no clove/cinnamon flavors. I do agree that if you omitted the pumpkin altogether and only added the spices, most people would still think it was made with pumpkin, because everyone will think it tastes like pumpkin pie.


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