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Old 09-16-2010, 01:42 PM   #1
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Hey! New here and got a question.

This is my third batch and I'm doing an extract pumpkin ale kit from Austin Homebrew.

I have purchased two cans of pumpkin to use. I believe the instructions say to add to the boil but I am misunderstanding the directions. When do you guys suggest to add the pumpkin after I bake it... to the 60 minute boil? To the steeping? Last 15 minutes of the boil?

Other notes... ill be boiling about 3.5 gallons for my wort. Also I purchased the 1% alcohol boost from Austin to add.

If you guys have any suggestions or help it is greatly appreciated.
Thanks
Kyle


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Old 09-16-2010, 02:40 PM   #2
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Toss it in during steeping, but make sure you spread it out on a sheet and bake it for 25 minutes at 350 first (helps release flavor). Steep it anywhere from 30-60 minutes. I would add another can if you are doing 15oz ones.


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Old 09-16-2010, 02:50 PM   #3
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Do it for the whole boil. You'll end up with all of it in the bottom of your carboy and will actually only have 4.5 gallons of beer or so, but it'll be fine.
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Old 09-16-2010, 03:02 PM   #4
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I brewed this last week and added 3 15oz cans of pumpkin after baking for 30 mins at 350. I steeped it for 45 minutes at 155 degrees. I tasted before I put it into the primary and my wife said it tasted like liquid pumpkin pie.
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Old 09-16-2010, 03:14 PM   #5
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none of the people above me are wrong. it's your beer, your decision.

a friend just made some and steeped it instead of boiling. ive had it in a full boil. either way is good. when my friend made it, double muslin bagged it to keep most of the actual pumpkin in and it worked quite well with getting most of the flavor from the pumpkin
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Everything you need to know, here.....

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f12/pump...ctices-131786/
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"none of the people above me are wrong. it's your beer, your decision."

Agreed. Revvy's link clarifies the reasons behind our personal preferences.
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Basic brewing radio did a pumpkin beer experiment last november.

http://media.libsyn.com/media/basicb...pumpkinexp.mp3

It's 40 minutes long.
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Yet another way you could do it: I used 3 cans and baked them as described above. I put half of it in at the beginning of the boil and the other half with 15 minutes to go.
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Yet another way you could do it: I used 3 cans and baked them as described above. I put half of it in at the beginning of the boil and the other half with 15 minutes to go.
I went this route.

Very vicious fermentation showing in the airlock.
Starting gravity was a little higher than the recipe called for. I'm guessing that was from the 1% alcohol boost and the baked pumpkin?

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