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Old 09-20-2011, 08:00 PM   #1
apreswho
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Yes i know its that time of year and everyones asking their pumpkin brewing questions, and i have one as well! however i have not yet seen any one come across this issue or a fix for it.

Basically I brewed a sort of pumpkin dark ale a bit ago, and its not quite got the pumpkin flavor i've been looking for. I later realized that i did not cook the pumpkin before "steeping" it due to some confusing verbage of a recipe i was going off of.

I was wondering if theres anything i can do in the secondary to give it a bit more pumpkin-ness. Even the actual spices seem to lack focus and the only real discernable flavor seems to be vanilla. Any ideas?

 
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Old 09-20-2011, 08:04 PM   #2
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I'm not exactly a seasoned brewer, but why not just bake some pumpkin puree in the oven and add it to a secondary (or tertiary if it is already in secondary), along with a spice tea?

I imagine it will pick up some good flavors at least. Not sure what the fermentable sugar content is like in pumpkin however..

 
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Old 09-20-2011, 09:15 PM   #3
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Most of the "pumpkin" flavor in pumpkin ales come from the spices used. The actual pumpkin doesn't impart too much flavor. If I were in your position, I'd take some extra spices, soak them in a little bit of bourbon and then pitch the mixture into secondary.

I suppose it wouldn't hurt to cut up a pumpkin into small chunks, roast them, and put that in secondary as well, but I don't see that as having as much of an impact as the spices.
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Old 09-21-2011, 12:36 AM   #4
apreswho
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Thanks for the spice tip, and that's sort of what I had in mind. I out in a spice mix from a pumpkin brew kit at flame out and I put a tsp of pumpkin pie spice in te primary when fermentation slowed. What and how much so you reccomend?

 
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Old 09-21-2011, 12:42 AM   #5
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I would use some roasted pumpkin AND some spices in the secondary.

Make a spice tea with about 1 cup of water and 2 tsp of spices (your choice, but I just use pumpkin pie spice).

I'd also roast maybe 30-40 oz of pumpkin and rack on top of it plus the spice tea.
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Old 09-21-2011, 12:45 AM   #6
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I mashed with pumpkin then added spices three weeks into a 5 week totally primary... Just get some pumpkin spice... get a cup of water and boil it with a teaspoon + of the pumpkin spice then add to your brew... bottle when ready. Thats it. I've gotten a lot of positive feedback on my punk'd brew this year

Dont mess with actual pumpkin post primary

 
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Old 09-21-2011, 08:28 AM   #7
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ive heard about the same about no pumpkin after the boil. Was not cooking it what made it so subtle? not even sugar and too much starch?

I'll make a spice tea probably after giving it another taste shortly

 
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Old 09-21-2011, 11:32 AM   #8
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I think in general you do not get a lot of flavor contribution from the actual pumpkin.. It's more mouth feel and its fun to tell everyone you used actual pumpkin...

 
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