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Old 05-31-2010, 05:43 PM   #1
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Ok this is what i have:
3.3 lb Muntons Hopped Amber LME
2 lb Muntons Light DME
1 Ounce U.K. First Gold Hop Pellets
6 grams Muntons Active yeast

Now i can straight brew and get an Amber ale or i can spice it up and thats what i want to do. The problem is i am strapped for cash this month and i have no close brew supply store around me and i hate ordering stuff from the internet.

My idea to add a bit more flavor and ABV is
Half cup brown sugar
3 table spoons Molasses
1 cup powered sugar

Now i need some ideas for flavor and spices that i can get at my local food store.?
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Old 06-01-2010, 03:12 PM   #2
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I'd stay away from the powdered sugar. There is more than just sugar in there. (cornstarch maybe?) They use an additive to prevent caking at any rate. I usually throw 2# of honey into the mix just to bump the ABV,

 
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Old 06-01-2010, 04:01 PM   #3
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Some consensus seems to be 1/2 tsp of spices for a 5 gallon batch, any or all of the following; ginger, juniper berries, cloves, allspice. I would probably go get some hella dark chocolate ideally with some cinnamon and chili spice in it (Mexican Chocolate) and throw in a pound or so chopped into secondary and see what happens.

And then report back because I have been thinking about it but haven't tried it yet.

Another option would be to ferment it on the warm side and see what flavors the yeast adds.

 
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Old 06-01-2010, 06:56 PM   #4
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I'd stay away from powdered sugar too. and I'm not sure how the molasses will work, but some brown sugar or honey will probably go nicely. I think I would definitely keep the additions (fermentables) at no more than 2 lbs.
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Old 06-01-2010, 09:47 PM   #5
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Honey gets my vote

 
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Old 06-02-2010, 12:53 AM   #6
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Ok, so i will cut the powered sugar out. I'll probably get maybe 2 pounds of honey , i was also thinking of turning it into a pumpkin ale with the following :

3.3 lb Muntons Hopped Amber LME
2 lb Muntons Light DME
1 pound brown sugar
2 pounds Honey
3 table spoons Molasses
2 16oz cans pumpkin puree
1 Tsp Cinnamon
1 Tsp ginger?
1 Ounce U.K. First Gold Hop Pellets
6 grams Muntons Active yeast

Any other ideas would be great. ?
thanks
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Reason: I messed up and put tbs but i meant tsp

 
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Old 06-02-2010, 12:56 AM   #7
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I'd stay away from powdered sugar too. and I'm not sure how the molasses will work, but some brown sugar or honey will probably go nicely. I think I would definitely keep the additions (fermentables) at no more than 2 lbs.
I've done the Molasses before with a barely wine i say made by these 2 guys on youtube and mine came out great. I just use the molasses for flavoring it adds a almost rum flavor to the beer, it is quite nice i think anyway.
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Old 06-03-2010, 03:27 AM   #8
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Rule # 1: it’s your beer, do what you want and don’t let others talk you out of something you think will be good.

That being said I think you have a lot going on with the brown sugar, honey, molasses, pumpkin and spices. I’d save the molasses, pumpkin and spices for your next batch. After this one, when you get a few bucks saved up get some LME, hops, and Yeast and use the rest then. Just what I would do though.

 
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Old 06-03-2010, 07:43 AM   #9
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Rule # 1: itís your beer, do what you want and donít let others talk you out of something you think will be good.

That being said I think you have a lot going on with the brown sugar, honey, molasses, pumpkin and spices. Iíd save the molasses, pumpkin and spices for your next batch. After this one, when you get a few bucks saved up get some LME, hops, and Yeast and use the rest then. Just what I would do though.
Yes i hear what you are saying and i might drop stop out ,but really i am just idea hunting to make this amber ale a bit more "WOW" ya know. So i will see how it goes and let all know what i did. Right now i have a true brew IPA in primary right now and my yeasties are hard at work. I heard that the True Brew IPA isn't a true IPA but what ever.
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Old 06-04-2010, 08:04 PM   #10
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If you are aiming at more of a pumpkin pie, most (pie) recipies also call for cloves nutmeg and allspice in varying degrees. I would put them in at the same concentration as the cinnamon, with ginger being a half dose. But thats just how I like my pie. A potentially interesting combination for pumpkin also would be cinnamon sticks not ground I just can't think of when to add them. Vanilla beans as well, cut but not scraped. The vanilla in secondary probably and the cinnamon sticks in primary ferment maybe even 10 minutes in the boil. just use the vanilla beans gently, maybe one bean for the whole batch or it could get cloyingly sweet.

 
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