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Old 09-18-2006, 12:29 AM   #11
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hop seeds could have escaped being pulverised when they crushed up the pellets.

i'm still betting on hop seeds.
Don't think so Tim.
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Old 09-18-2006, 02:01 AM   #12
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It looks and reads like it might be a Rorschach test.

However, I'm going to say it isn't floating yeast clumps or other microbial growth. If you look at them they all have the same shape and relative size, yeast clumps would be, well, more clumpy and odd shaped. I'm going to say that it looks alot like the hulls of your crystal malt. Alot of them look strangely like barley grains. So I'm going to wield Occam's Razor here and say: barley hulls.
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Old 09-18-2006, 02:13 AM   #13
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That makes sense... I guess the real test will be in a week or so, when I go to bottle, I'll take one out and see what it tastes like if it's an alien egg, I should have a beastie burst from my chest shortly thereafter. Otherwise, maybe taste will tell something definitive!

 
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Old 09-18-2006, 02:31 AM   #14
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Quote:
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It looks and reads like it might be a Rorschach test.

However, I'm going to say it isn't floating yeast clumps or other microbial growth. If you look at them they all have the same shape and relative size, yeast clumps would be, well, more clumpy and odd shaped. I'm going to say that it looks alot like the hulls of your crystal malt. Alot of them look strangely like barley grains. So I'm going to wield Occam's Razor here and say: barley hulls.
Saw this thread late but I would first say hop seeds but you used pellet hops so that is out of the question.

They resemble smaller grains as Levers said. Did you boil any of the actual grains? If so you are in for a mouth puckering surprise when you drink the beer!
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Old 09-18-2006, 02:51 AM   #15
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I didn't see your recipe request the first time I read through this post. I didn't get the recipe anywhere, I made it myself. I just took my brown ale and added pumpkin and cream to it in form of lactose. I suppose I could share it with you with the disclaimer that it's the first time I brewed it, but the smell was EXACTLY like pumpkin pie.


Pumpkin Pie Cream Ale
6lbs. Light DME
1lb. Lactose start of boil.
6 15oz cans of 100% pure pumpkin (not pie filling) added to the start of the boil.

2lbs. Crystal Malt (20L) steeped.
.25lb. Special "B" steeped.
.25lb. Chocolate Malt steeped.

.5oz Cascade Whole Leaf Hops @ 60mins
1oz Cascade Whole Leaf Hops @ 30mins
4 Whole Nutmeg (Crushed) @ 30mins
10 Cinnamon Sticks (Crushed) @ 30mins

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Wyeast: London III Ale Yeast

I'm pretty confident that this will yield a very good beer, if not a very festive brew. I'll be able to critique it better after about 10-14 days when it goes into the secondary. One thing to note, as it has been noted before is that you will get alot more trub from the pumpkin, so plan on doing around 6 gallons in the batch to yield 5 gallons.


 
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Old 09-18-2006, 04:24 AM   #16
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Saw this thread late but I would first say hop seeds but you used pellet hops so that is out of the question.

They resemble smaller grains as Levers said. Did you boil any of the actual grains? If so you are in for a mouth puckering surprise when you drink the beer!
Nah, didn't boil them. Steeped them at 155F for 15 minutes, cranked up the heat and left the thermometer in, watched it climb and removed from heat at 170F. Then I took the grain bag out and added the LME, put it back on heat and brought to a boil.


That pumpkin recipe sounds good. I don't know that I'm going to make one though, I found some Pumpkin Ale (Buffalo Bill Brewery) at the store today and tried it out, and I really didn't like it. I don't think it tasted like pumpkin or pie though, so maybe it just wasn't a good batch

 
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Old 09-18-2006, 04:36 AM   #17
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Spyk'd
I didn't see your recipe request the first time I read through this post. I didn't get the recipe anywhere, I made it myself. I just took my brown ale and added pumpkin and cream to it in form of lactose. I suppose I could share it with you with the disclaimer that it's the first time I brewed it, but the smell was EXACTLY like pumpkin pie.


Pumpkin Pie Cream Ale
6lbs. Light DME
1lb. Lactose start of boil.
6 15oz cans of 100% pure pumpkin (not pie filling) added to the start of the boil.

2lbs. Crystal Malt (20L) steeped.
.25lb. Special "B" steeped.
.25lb. Chocolate Malt steeped.

.5oz Cascade Whole Leaf Hops @ 60mins
1oz Cascade Whole Leaf Hops @ 30mins
4 Whole Nutmeg (Crushed) @ 30mins
10 Cinnamon Sticks (Crushed) @ 30mins

Irish Moss

Wyeast: London III Ale Yeast

I'm pretty confident that this will yield a very good beer, if not a very festive brew. I'll be able to critique it better after about 10-14 days when it goes into the secondary. One thing to note, as it has been noted before is that you will get alot more trub from the pumpkin, so plan on doing around 6 gallons in the batch to yield 5 gallons.


Wow, I've been avoiding the "Pumpkin Threads" just because I didn't think a Pumpkin brew would appeal to me, but reading your recipe Spyk'd, it sounds really tasty. I'll be looking for reviews, as it sounds like a good one to try.

Sorry....

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Old 09-18-2006, 01:30 PM   #18
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ill chime in.. looks like grain to me.. some may have gotten out the grain bag.... im just guessing..but if any aliens start poppin out.. lol

that pumpkin recipe looks good! i tried a pumpkin beer sat and man was it good..smelled wonderful.. almost made me wanna brew! LOL i got too much going right now.. 2 fermentors and 3 secondaries.. i just cannot brew again right now..
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Old 09-18-2006, 02:18 PM   #19
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Old 09-18-2006, 02:21 PM   #20
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I don't have a clue what it is, but I've several times seen similar (if not the same) things in my primaries, and have never noticed any problems with the finished beers.

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