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Old 11-20-2013, 01:01 PM   #1511
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I brewed a version of this the other day (added another pound of two-row and Crystal for an O.G. of 1.071) and man did fermentation take off. I watched it for two days and there was plenty of headspace even though the krausen was thick and there was a lot of off-gassing through the airlock (I use fermcap), but I went downstairs to change out the ice bottles this morning and the airlock assembly had blown off sometime in the night. There was still active fermentation and foam up to the brim, so I'm not too concerned about infection - I replaced it with a clean airlock which should hopefully hold the fort until the fermentation dies down a bit.
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Old 11-20-2013, 07:04 PM   #1512
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Finally kegged mine the other day. Smells like pumpkin pie!
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Old 11-20-2013, 07:06 PM   #1513
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I brewed a version of this the other day (added another pound of two-row and Crystal for an O.G. of 1.071) and man did fermentation take off. I watched it for two days and there was plenty of headspace even though the krausen was thick and there was a lot of off-gassing through the airlock (I use fermcap), but I went downstairs to change out the ice bottles this morning and the airlock assembly had blown off sometime in the night. There was still active fermentation and foam up to the brim, so I'm not too concerned about infection - I replaced it with a clean airlock which should hopefully hold the fort until the fermentation dies down a bit.
Yeah man, mine went crazy too. Had 4.5 gallons go into the bucket and I almost had to do a blowoff. Krausen was dense as hell too
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Old 11-24-2013, 04:06 PM   #1514
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So I just sampled mine the other night and was a little horrified at first, thinking I had botched something up. The lady and I have suspected from the past few brews that we might need to switch from tap to bottled since moving to this new place, but then I double checked my math. Had a sub-par grind (first time using my new mill) and I went with a slightly higher AA hop (German Tradition)

Now that I've placed the flavor, I rather enjoy my 35 IBU "Pumpkin Pale Ale." Still has a nice pumpkin pie undertone while being a nice earthy pale ale.

I think I'll bring a growler with me today to ask the man if I can be his son in law....
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Old 11-24-2013, 07:40 PM   #1515
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HA! Yeah it's only an off-flavor until you figure out what it is. I'm glad it worked out... if I remember correctly, New Belgium had a hoppy pumpkin ale one year.
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Old 11-25-2013, 12:09 AM   #1516
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I think I'll bring a growler with me today to ask the man if I can be his son in law....
Congrats! ( Saw on the other thread they said yes) Did the pumpkin ale help?
So what beer are you going to serve her tomorrow ( with a ring in it, right?!)?
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Old 11-25-2013, 05:49 PM   #1517
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I have brewed this beer around 6 times now, it's absolutely fantastic! I have found that this spice actually is much more flavorful in it instead of McCormicks if anyone wants to try it and can find it. I actually just recently did 2 batches back to back, one with McCormicks and one with this and everyone has has tried the both all like the other.
Just thought i'd pass it along if anyone wants to give it a try!
Thanks OP for the recipe, it's amazing!
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Old 11-28-2013, 08:10 PM   #1518
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My new in laws have just about kicked the keg! Happy thanksgiving!
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Old 12-13-2013, 05:24 PM   #1519
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Brewed this a few weeks ago to have for my 40th birthday. Tapped the keg Wednesday. Omg. This one is so good. My wife is an IPA girl but this one is all me. I may brew this one year round. I really love the malt flavor in it. Thank you for sharing this delicious recipe!

 
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Old 12-31-2013, 10:59 PM   #1520
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I'm drinking my next-to-the-last bottle of this that I brewed in 9/2012.

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f76/punk...ml#post4439400
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f76/punk...ml#post4441994
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f76/punk...ml#post4494568

And here's my brewday for this beer:
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f244/my-...-chill-356409/

I'm not sure what to think. It's probably that I don't really know what I pumpkin beer is supposed to taste like. I get a bit of soap. A lot of mine overcarbed. I think 2 bottles exploded early on. The one I poured this evening turned into a bunch of foam - that I poured into two large glasses and poured back and forth. By the time I got my little dogs fed and walked around the house, the foam had settled and I could combine the 2 glasses into one. It tasted a lot better once the foam had settled.

I will probably try this recipe again next Fall. Depending upon how I progress with getting an electric setup, I may try the Partial Mash version of this recipe that you gave in posting #3:

Partial Mash
6# Pale LME
2# Pale 2-row
0.63# Crystal 60L
0.63# Victory Malt

1. I'm assuming that - even for BIAB - you will mash the 2-row, Crystal, and Victory. But for how long? 30 minutes at the usual mash temp?

2. I may try "late extract addition" as has been discussed in other threads and add the LME very near the end of the boil while following the recipe insofar as hops and honey additions are concerned.

3. Instead of the McCormicks Spice - or another one that I saw recently recommended - I may omit the spice and prepare a spice tincture as mentioned by a Greg Muller in a thread on the Morebeer forum:
http://forums.morebeer.com/viewtopic...vodka+#p231385

Looking forward to another try,
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