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Old 10-06-2012, 02:38 AM   #471
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I'd hafta say the Graham cracker extract does leave a slightly metallic taste, not a drain pour but it's there.



 
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Old 10-06-2012, 11:08 AM   #472
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I'd hafta say the Graham cracker extract does leave a slightly metallic taste, not a drain pour but it's there.
How much did you add to a 5.5gal batch?



 
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Old 10-06-2012, 01:02 PM   #473
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How much did you add to a 5.5gal batch?
1 tsp, the aroma is great though. I'd start with 1/3 or half or just mash with Graham crackers next time.

 
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Old 10-06-2012, 03:19 PM   #474
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I'd hafta say the Graham cracker extract does leave a slightly metallic taste, not a drain pour but it's there.
Yup, I strongly urge everybody considering Graham Cracker Extract to first try it on a sample, and test against the same beer without it. Easiest way is with a couple 1-liter PET bottles and a carbonator cap. I can't imagine how anyone would say it's better with the Graham Cracker extract.

 
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Old 10-06-2012, 06:55 PM   #475
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I kegged this beer recently and its not a clone of pumking, I left out the graham cracker extract. I left it out because it was tough to drink and would hurt my stomach in the few samples I tried it in. I do agree the aroma was really nice from the extract but the flavor was poor. My beer i would consider heavily spiced but not too overwhelming, not much similarities in the pumking.

 
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Old 10-06-2012, 09:25 PM   #476
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I've been searching high and low for the vanilla butter & nut extract with no luck. I've found a lifetime supply of it on Amazon for $30 shipped, but I'm not about to take that route. However, I've read that you can make your own using vanilla, almond, and butter extracts, which are all easily obtainable. I'm going to go ahead and try to mix some up, and add a little to one of my pumpkin beers that I've already bottled (Yuri's Thunderstruck Pumpkin Ale) to see how similar that flavor is to Pumking. I urge anybody that's considering to use the graham cracker extract to be very cautious. Definitely do not use anywhere near a full tsp as called for in the recipe from page 20, if any at all.

 
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Old 10-06-2012, 10:12 PM   #477
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Just another user's review of Capella graham cracker. Complete waste. Don't waste your time.

 
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Old 10-06-2012, 11:20 PM   #478
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Just another user's review of Capella graham cracker. Complete waste. Don't waste your time.
I bought this graham cracker extract, but I'm mixing it into a cheesecake this thanksgiving. Doesn't sound like a good fit for this recipe.

I have plans to ruin my next attempt at a ST Pumking with hazelnut extract. I've still got bombers of last years attempt, so I probably won't tackle this until Jan/Feb.
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Old 10-07-2012, 12:47 AM   #479
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I have had my pumpkin in the keg for three weeks and the metallic after taste of the gram cracker extract hasn't diminished. I am probably going to dump the keg.

 
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Old 10-07-2012, 01:16 AM   #480
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Just a thought, has anyone attempted to use pumpkin seeds in the mash? Don't they have a nutty quality to them that may contribute to that Pumking flavor?



 
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