Pumpkin Ale minus the Pumpkin? - Home Brew Forums
Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Extract Brewing > Pumpkin Ale minus the Pumpkin?
Cool Brewing Giveaway - Supporting Membership Drive & Discount

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 08-29-2010, 07:32 AM   #1
Havoc
Recipes 
 
Mar 2010
Santa Rosa, Ca
Posts: 11


Howdy folks,

Looking to brew a Chocolate Pumpkin Spiced Ale for a rapidly approaching October. I've read conflicting information here on the forums, and among other places, in regards to whether or not I should add Pumpkin. Some folks say "Add the Pumpkin for color, mouthfeel, and for a slight taste". Others say just add the spices during the last 5 minutes.

Will the Pumpkin make that much of a difference? I know that Pumpkin is generally quite bland without the spice. This is going to be an extract recipe.
Also, depending on whether or not I use pumpkin, would I still need a mini-mash? Or should I just steep the grains like normal?

Thanks!



 
Reply With Quote
Old 08-29-2010, 01:15 PM   #2
david_42
 
david_42's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Oct 2005
Willamina & Oak Grove, Oregon, USA
Posts: 25,576
Liked 148 Times on 139 Posts


If you use pumpkin, you'll need to mash. Otherwise, no. Personally, I don't think they add enough to bother. I'll make pie.



 
Reply With Quote
Old 08-30-2010, 02:30 AM   #3
BriarwoodBrewer
Recipes 
 
May 2010
Kansas
Posts: 118

I made a pumpkin ale today and baked 3 cans of pumpkin and added it to the boil. I read many posts and took the advice to ADD the pumpkin.
__________________
Check us out on Facebook: Briarwoodbrewers

Future Brews:
Auburn Amber Ale
Belgian Hibiscus Wit

Primary:
American Light Lager
Bavarvian Hefeweizen
Honey Blonde Ale

Kegged:
Bourbon Brown Ale
Smashing Pumpkin Ale

Brews of the past:
American Light
Corona Clone
KC Wheat
California Common
Cream Ale

 
Reply With Quote
Old 08-30-2010, 05:46 AM   #4
nanofreak
Recipes 
 
Mar 2010
Atlanta
Posts: 408
Liked 7 Times on 7 Posts


Looks like this thread is going to make it about as clear as it was before. Almost makes me want to make two batches, same grist and spices, one with pumpkin one without.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 08-30-2010, 05:50 AM   #5
Boleslaus
Recipes 
 
Aug 2010
Atlanta, Georgia
Posts: 1,282
Liked 22 Times on 22 Posts


Yea, seems to be about the same as everything else I've read. I'm planning a brew day sometime this week for a pumpkin ale. I'm going to add the pumpkin just for the sake of being a real pumpkin ale.
__________________
Watch me leap through this hoop!

Brewing PM for 5 years
Finally upgrading to AG in 2016!

 
Reply With Quote
Old 08-30-2010, 06:34 AM   #6
starrfish
Recipes 
 
Oct 2008
Florence, SC
Posts: 1,979
Liked 31 Times on 26 Posts


pumpkin doesn't add any flavor so just do a spiced ale and spice it to taste like pumpkin pie, may want to add some corn sugar to lighten body as an extract brewer
__________________
Yankee Sand Flea on a Southern Beach.

“Son, you are a walking violation of the laws of nature, but you’re lucky, we don't enforce them laws.”

 
Reply With Quote
Old 08-30-2010, 12:18 PM   #7
Daybis
Recipes 
 
Dec 2009
Columbus, MS
Posts: 622
Liked 5 Times on 5 Posts


I started a pumpkin ale yesterday. I decided to use an pumpkin flavoring instead real pumpkins: https://www.lorannoils.com/p-8555-pumpkin-flavor.aspx

If I could have found real pumpkins around here this time of year, I probably would have done a partial mash with the pumpkins.
__________________
Ontap: Hard Cider
Primary: IIPA, All-Tythos IPA
On Deck: Munich Dunkel, Classic Rauch, Breakfast Porter, American Stout

 
Reply With Quote
Old 08-30-2010, 03:43 PM   #8
SevenFields
Recipes 
 
May 2009
Topeka, KS
Posts: 744
Liked 10 Times on 8 Posts


I did my pumpkin ale yesterday and baked 3 cans of pumpkin and steeped it with my grains. Looked at the carboy this morning and there is about 4inches of trub.
We will see how it taste, but if I ever do a pumpkin ale again, I think I will skip the pumpkin and just use the spices. I dont think it is going to make such a huge differance that losing a gallon or more is going to be worth it, but only time will tell!
__________________
Tap 1: Galaxy IPA
Tap 2: Bourbon Honey Brown Ale
Primary 1: Centential Blonde
Primary 2: Belgian IPA
Secondary:
Bottled: American Barleywine
On Deck: Torpedo IPA

 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-18-2010, 02:33 PM   #9
barrooze
Recipes 
 
Jan 2009
Pearland, TX
Posts: 2,263
Liked 121 Times on 101 Posts


I think pumpkin adds a lot to the boil. A lot of people say that adding pumpkin to the mash adds complexity to the beer. I don't do ag so when I did my pumpkin porter i added to the boil. I put the pumpkin in some hops bags and I think that didn't allow the wort to get the full pumpkin potential. Dump in some pumpkin and see what happens! All part of the fun of homebrewing, right?
__________________
Kegged: BOSON on Rhubarb, Dry-Hopped Sour Brown (ECY01), DIPA, Funky Belgian Table Beer, Breakfast Stout Primary: CYBI Obsidian Stout clone, Citra Dust APA, Hop Dust APA Souring: None On Deck: Oktoberfest-ish Lager On the Horizon: Epic Pale ale clone, Atrial Rubicite clone (ECY20) Updated: 2016/04/09
Untappd: barrooze

 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-19-2010, 10:05 PM   #10
Mustangfreak
Recipes 
 
Sep 2007
Osan AB South Korea/Home is Ft Worth Tx
Posts: 569
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts


Are you supposed to bake the pumpkin that comes in a can???? I didn't last weekend, just opened the cans and put them in the water at 155*


__________________
2 Fox Brewing Co.
www.militarystangs.com

 
Reply With Quote
Reply
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Pumpkin Beer, hey how much pumpkin? Aleforge Extract Brewing 34 10-15-2015 04:16 PM
Best pumpkin ale kit? foxual Extract Brewing 37 08-12-2011 10:22 PM
NB Smasking Pumpkin or AHS Pumpkin Ale? Breck09 Extract Brewing 6 08-24-2010 04:06 PM
Pumpkin Ale Just got Done Adam78K Extract Brewing 23 10-15-2009 03:05 PM
when to add pumpkin? bperlmu Extract Brewing 27 09-19-2007 04:16 AM


Forum Jump