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Old 09-17-2011, 11:41 PM   #1
JasonToews
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Anyone else brew up some pumpkin ale this weekend?

 
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Old 09-18-2011, 12:21 AM   #2
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Racked to primary a few hours ago. Had a great stuck sparge and clogged my counterflow chiller. Hopefully it'll come out good.

 
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Old 09-18-2011, 12:39 AM   #3
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I did mine a few weeks ago. I can't wait for it to be ready.

 
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Old 09-18-2011, 01:14 AM   #4
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I tried to, but I couldn't find fresh pumpkins yet. When I asked a store employee about canned pumpkin he told me it wasn't in season yet. WTF?! It's canned, it doesn't ripen or go bad. There isn't a season. Oddly enough I asked him while standing next to a christmas display which was "in season".
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Old 09-18-2011, 02:31 AM   #5
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I did mine last sunday. Had to use canned pumpkin since all of the stores I had called said they wouldn't get any pumpkins in until the last week of september at the earliest. However, I noticed last wednesday that vons already had some

 
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Old 09-18-2011, 02:35 AM   #6
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Brewed my Squashbuckler two days ago...it uses butternut and acorn squash, along with some sweet potato "syrup." Hope this year's AG turns out as well as last year's partial mash!

 
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Old 09-18-2011, 02:48 AM   #7
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I tried to, but I couldn't find fresh pumpkins yet. When I asked a store employee about canned pumpkin he told me it wasn't in season yet. WTF?! It's canned, it doesn't ripen or go bad. There isn't a season. Oddly enough I asked him while standing next to a christmas display which was "in season".
I ran into the same issue when I asked the store clerk about canned pumpkin. He also stated that it was not is season. Yet on my way out, while walking down the baking isle there was a shelf of the stuff. As it turns out they only stock it near the canned veggies when its in season. Through out the rest of the year they stock it next to the brown sugar in the baking isle. At lease that is how they do it in the Chicago land area. This may or may not help you, but I have learned not to trust the clerks.

 
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Old 09-18-2011, 07:11 PM   #8
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they have it all year long in our grocery store. I used a ton of rice hulls this time and had no problems at all. Now im brewing up my dunkelweizen, 15 gallon weekend! I age my dunkel with cherrywood, it comes out sooooooooo tasty!

 
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Old 09-19-2011, 07:47 PM   #9
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We brewed up our "Pumpkin" Ale this weekend. Not an ounce of actual pumpkin in it. We use roasted butternut squash instead of actual pumpkins. I find it to be a little bit sweeter and has a creamier texture to it. We also toss the squash and spices into the boil and move it to primary. What does everyone else do?

You can read about last years batch at: http://powellavenuebrew.com/2010/11/...unkin-pie-ale/
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Old 09-19-2011, 08:27 PM   #10
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Three grocery stores in my area had no canned pumpkin. One had a sign on the shelf about the wet weather last year causing a lack of good pumpkins and that new product would be arriving in a few weeks. Luckily SWMBO had a can on the shelf. I ended up using her one 15oz can and one 29oz can of Sweet Potato Pie in the mash. Used 1/4 tsp of the spices and one cinnamon stick in the fermentor.

 
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