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Old 09-11-2011, 04:33 AM   #1
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Im going to be brewing Yuri's Thunderstruck with 60 oz of pumpkin. 30 oz in the mash, 30 oz in the boil. Im using a penrose kettle with a dip tube to the side wall of the kettle. Im going to be using a plate chiller for the first time on this one and i really would not have the plate chiller jammed up by the pumpkin. if I boilt the pumpkin in a muslin bag or 5 gallon paint strainer bag should that be enough to keep enough sediment out to not jam up the chiller? Any suggestions would be much appreciated! Cheers. Oh and I have yet to successfully get whirlpooling to work.

 
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Old 09-11-2011, 04:44 AM   #2
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i don't know man. i used canned pumpkin last year and it was a freakin mess. the beer was great, but i ended up with a bunch of gunk in my fermenter (its cool because i use an immersion chiller). i'm thinking the only way to avoid the gunk is to use whole pumpkin chunks. or maybe a really fine mesh. the muslin bags i normally get are not fine enough to filter that crap
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Old 09-11-2011, 05:22 AM   #3
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Yeah I have an immersion chiller I could use but being that I use electric kettles its tough to use that. Do you think recirculating the wort through the pump will be an issue?

 
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Old 09-11-2011, 06:32 PM   #4
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Anyone else?

 
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Old 09-11-2011, 06:36 PM   #5
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I boiled my pumpkin in a bag last year. This year I'll just mash with it and not put any in the boil.
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Old 09-12-2011, 05:21 PM   #6
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I boiled my pumpkin in a bag last year. This year I'll just mash with it and not put any in the boil.
Did the bag help at all?

 
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Old 09-12-2011, 05:25 PM   #7
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Did the bag help at all?
i used a fine grain bag when i do my pumpkin ale. it helps, then my bag is stained orange.
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Old 09-12-2011, 05:33 PM   #8
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Did the bag help at all?
I used this bag and it worked great. The pumpkin was very well contained and didn't disperse throughout the wort, however, I'm sure there was a big loss of utilization. I did boil a total of 75 oz though, so I think I was covered...
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