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Old 09-08-2008, 07:43 PM   #71
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Brewed this back in Dec 07. Tried a bottle last week. In the beginning it was not that good, but letting it mature has done wonders. Crystal clear orange color and really tastes good.



 
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Old 09-08-2008, 09:02 PM   #72
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I brewed 10 gallons of the AG yesterday. Everything went well. The only thing is I skipped the ginger root, because I couldn't find any. I can always make a tea and add it later. Or should I just skip it? I guess I'm asking if the ginger makes a noticeable difference or is it safe to skip. All the other spices smelled really good when I put them in the boil. I hoping this will be my best beer yet.



 
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Old 09-08-2008, 09:11 PM   #73
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I skipped the ginger root, but added 1/2 tsp ground ginger instead
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Old 09-09-2008, 04:10 PM   #74
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I'd like to make my next batch a Pumpkin Ale...& I'm interested in this recipe. Here's the thing...I'd like to do it without having any leftover ingredients (SWMBO is already not happy w/ beer equipment and bottles taking up room in our already crammed apartment)...so that means buying 2 3lb bags of DME and using a full oz of hops instead of .75. So compared to the original recipe...I'm under -.25 DME & +.25oz hops. Anything I could do (aside from buying more DME/using less hopes) to make it less bitter?...Could I just add sugar to the boil?

 
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Old 09-09-2008, 06:32 PM   #75
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I'd like to make my next batch a Pumpkin Ale...& I'm interested in this recipe. Here's the thing...I'd like to do it without having any leftover ingredients (SWMBO is already not happy w/ beer equipment and bottles taking up room in our already crammed apartment)...so that means buying 2 3lb bags of DME and using a full oz of hops instead of .75. So compared to the original recipe...I'm under -.25 DME & +.25oz hops. Anything I could do (aside from buying more DME/using less hopes) to make it less bitter?...Could I just add sugar to the boil?
It might be good with a bit of brown sugar added to it, I would consider that (or 1/2 to 1 cup of honey, or both )
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Old 09-11-2008, 11:16 PM   #76
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I have been thinking about doing this recipe and I printed one out a little while ago but it is different then the recipe in this thread but with the same name.... The older one that I have I am not sure where I got it from (it was somewhere on this site) but it has a lot more spices, more and more hops. Was this an old version that has now been modified to to this current recipe?

The old recipe that I had has
1oz Cascade (60)
1oz Cascade (20)
1oz fuggles (15)
1tsp allspice
cloves
only 30oz pumpkin

and some other spices too. Does this sound like an old recipe???? Oh and I am going with extract.
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Old 09-12-2008, 02:47 PM   #77
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I transferred to secondary today, it tasted a LOT like water. I think I'm gonna get some pumpkin spice and maybe some brown sugar to add to it while in secondary. Any suggestions on improving flavor?
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Old 09-13-2008, 05:27 PM   #78
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Bears, I just took mine from the primary after 5 weeks. I dont think an extra .25 oz of hops would hurt it. I could smell more pumpkin than I could taste and it had very little spice flavor. I think this is gonna make a nice light drinking beer.
mkw, This is a light tasting beer, if you add brown sugar, it will either kick off fermentation again or make it sweet. Be careful adding spices It could easily mask the more subtle flavors that will become more apparent as it ages.
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Old 09-13-2008, 05:59 PM   #79
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I transferred to secondary today, it tasted a LOT like water. I think I'm gonna get some pumpkin spice and maybe some brown sugar to add to it while in secondary. Any suggestions on improving flavor?
I brewed a hefe that tasted a LOT like water once too. I tried it while taking a gravity reading. But it ended up fine with tons of flavor when it was finished. I'm still a beginner but I bet yours will be fine.

 
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Old 09-13-2008, 08:13 PM   #80
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I brewed a hefe that tasted a LOT like water once too. I tried it while taking a gravity reading. But it ended up fine with tons of flavor when it was finished. I'm still a beginner but I bet yours will be fine.
While I imagine you are right, I think I'm going to at last add some pumpkin spice and some allspice (I didn't have any at the time of brewing) to the secondary to improve the flavor. I won't overdue it, let it sit for a week and then sample it, if it needs more I'll add a little more at bottling.

Thanks for the vote of confidence though


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