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Old 09-26-2009, 01:57 AM   #1
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I am brewing a partial Mash pumkin ale right now and plan to add pumpkin pie spice to the boil. I have read that you really need to be carful with the spices when making a pumpkin ale.
How much spice should I add per gallon of wort I plan to have?

 
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Old 09-26-2009, 02:01 AM   #2
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is this a commercial pumpkin pie spice pack? what's in it? i wouldn't trust anything that is not 100% spices.

check the recipes in the database for ideas of how much spice people are adding. if you want this to be ready for Thanksgiving however, I would cut it in half. Spices can be very overpowering without time to age.
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Old 09-26-2009, 02:08 AM   #3
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it is just a Tones Ground Pumpkin pie Spice in a small plastice spice container....I will take a look at other recipies..
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Old 09-26-2009, 04:55 PM   #4
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I made Jamil's recipe and added the full teaspoon (I made the mix, wasn't premix). Didn't think it was strong enough so added another teaspoon when fermentation was done...mistake, was way too much.

Err on the side of too little and don't go over a teaspoon for 5 gallons at first. It becomes overwhelming fast.

 
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Old 09-26-2009, 05:02 PM   #5
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I made Jamil's recipe and added the full teaspoon (I made the mix, wasn't premix). Didn't think it was strong enough so added another teaspoon when fermentation was done...mistake, was way too much.

Err on the side of too little and don't go over a teaspoon for 5 gallons at first. It becomes overwhelming fast.
I used exactly what he said in his book, minus the ginger, and it turned out great!!! I can see how doubling it would really up the flavor way too much. It may even be a bit too much with the amount that I used.

Here it is in case you want to try this....

1/2 tsp cinnamon 1 minute
1/4 tsp ginger(I did not use this) 1 minute
1/8 tsp nutmeg 1 minute
1/8 tsp allspice 1 minute

Use 2/3 of that mix in the boil at 1 minute. The remaining 1/3 should be mixed in at bottling time.

 
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Old 09-13-2011, 11:37 PM   #6
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I am going with 1 tsp, about equal parts allspice, nutmeg and cinnamon at the very end of the boil...I didn't plan on adding a small amount of additional spices prior to bottling. Can anyone else share their experience with this method? Thanks in advance!

 
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Old 09-14-2011, 12:05 AM   #7
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I find that when you do last minute spice you get a facefull of spice. I ended up doing my last one about <1 tsp per gallon @60 and 30. But i dind't want much for aroma.So the tsp is a safe zone for mild spice.It put the spice in the background and mildly and i still had a good brown ale from it with minimum aroma.And more pumpkin noticably.
I got what i wanted to get from the spice and didnt have to wait 6 months for the spice to fade out good like my first one.
I wouldnt bottle with it uless you want it upfront. If its a heavily spice aroma i think its perfumy.But some people may enjoy that.

 
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Old 09-14-2011, 01:39 AM   #8
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I am going with 1 tsp, about equal parts allspice, nutmeg and cinnamon at the very end of the boil...I didn't plan on adding a small amount of additional spices prior to bottling. Can anyone else share their experience with this method? Thanks in advance!
Exactly what I did, but mine is still in the primary! I will let you know how it goes.
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Old 09-14-2011, 02:14 AM   #9
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I'll go ahead and kick myself now. I brewed a 5 gal batch last night for the first time (first pumpkin spice ale, that is) and had no idea how much to use. I put a cool 3 teaspoons in.

Maybe, since I have a good 5 inches of pumpkin at the bottom of the carboy, some of the spice will get lost in the pumpkin sludge.

 
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Old 09-14-2011, 02:21 AM   #10
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Funny I was gonna post this, I bought a kit from Midwest Supplies and use the packet with 5 left in my boil and I don't taste it at all now, it's been in primary for almost 3 weeks. Can I add some now? I planned on bottling it sometime next week. I also steeped a whole spice bottle of whole cinnamon sticks with my grains and don't really taste that either. I did use alot of pumpkin could that have absorbed some of the taste too?

 
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