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Old 05-20-2010, 11:41 AM   #1
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Anyone else try a pumpkin spice ale? I searched the forum, there's not a whole lot posted on using the pumpkin spice (spice) as an ingredient.


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Old 05-20-2010, 01:02 PM   #2
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What kind of information are you looking for? If you search "pumpkin ale", a ton of recipes come up and there are multiple threads covering the topic since a lot of people make this beer (me included) every fall. What specifically do you want to know?


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It should work in a winter warmer. I know Northern Brewer has a kit which has plenty of spices including cinnamon, allspice and clove, which are probably parts of pumpkin spice. You may want to blend in the spices after fermentation is complete to make sure you don't get too much spice flavor. Or at flameout, or at 15 minutes left. Different people will tell you differently.
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[QUOTE=Airborneguy;2070341]What kind of information are you looking for? QUOTE]

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I only found one post on using the spice without the use of actual pumpkin. Basically it said that using too much can create an off flavor and might affect the fermentation. I did one this past weekend using .05oz of the spice, vanilla extract, raisins, and orange peel. It smells awesome. It fermented for about 3 days, not the kind of fermentation I'm used to seeing with a liquid English Ale yeast. I didn't take an FG reading, but seeing the fermentation, I don't have high hopes that the reading will be anywhere close to where I want it to be. I jiggled it lightly this morning to wake up the little buggers. It was completely dead this morning when I checked it.
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Well sounds like you are leaning more towards a spiced beer, not particularly a pumpkin spice or pumpkin ale. Most people avoid the "Pumpkin Spice" product and use individual spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. Some people add allspice, but I didn't like it the one time I used it. Actual pumpkin is not really necessary, but you can use it.

I add my spices with 5 minutes left in the boil. Start with a tsp each if you are worried about over spicing and adjust from there. I use tsp of ginger, tsp of nutmeg, and 2tsp of cinnamon in my recipe.

Base beers differ. I like to use a brown ale. I feel the maltiness compliments the spices well. I only add bittering hops in the beginning of the boil.
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I add my spices with 5 minutes left in the boil. Start with a tsp each if you are worried about over spicing and adjust from there. I use tsp of ginger, tsp of nutmeg, and 2tsp of cinnamon in my recipe.
How did it turn out? Was the fermentation normal?
The only thing I'm really worried about is the short ferment. Maybe I'll try re-pitching this weekend. Thanks for the feedback.
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I've never heard anything about spices affecting fermentation. Fermentation can certainly finish in 3 days, sometimes less. Take a gravity reading before you re-pitch. You might be pleasantly surprised.

Oh, and it turned out great. The only difference this year is I've always used pumpkin and this year I am not going to use it.
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Usually us MP's don't like you jumpers but you're alright
I'll definitely take a reading before I re-pitch. Thanks for the advice!
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