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Old 10-19-2011, 09:47 PM   #1
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Hey guys, I'm finally drinking a pumpkin wheat ale I brewed and i noticed the last few bottles I had bottled (I know this cuz they were in different bottles) had a lot more pumkin spices than the rest of my batch.

I also noticed that when creating my priming sugar (I added an extra amount of pumpkin spices to the priming solution) for my other pumpkin ale that I bottled last night, the spices weren't disolving and would sink to the bottom of my pot. This would seem to be my issue.

When creating priming solution, I'm boiling table sugar and pumpkin pie spices in water for 10 minutes and stiring quite a bit.

Any advice or similar problems you all have/had?

 
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Old 10-19-2011, 10:08 PM   #2
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I let the spices sink in the primary and then rack off of it to keg. They will not dissolve in solution. You can get plenty of spice flavor without them dissolving.

 
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Old 10-19-2011, 10:14 PM   #3
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Maybe you are boiling off the spice flavor(?). see how Yuri makes a spice tea:
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f76/thun...ersions-26699/

 
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Old 10-20-2011, 12:31 AM   #4
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This recipe, I did about 1 tbls at the last 5 min of the boil, .5 tbls in secondary, and when I racked into bottling bucket I found the spices still lacking so I added another tbls in my priming solution. Sounds like a lot, but the spices are extremely subtle in all but the last few bottles. It's still good beer, but I was hoping for a little more spice.

 
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Old 10-20-2011, 05:03 PM   #5
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Maybe you are boiling off the spice flavor(?). see how Yuri makes a spice tea:
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f76/thun...ersions-26699/
Thanks. Maybe that spice tea works a lot more effeciently than just adding it the way I did. There is always next year... Lol.

 
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Old 10-21-2011, 05:01 AM   #6
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Iv made 2 pumpkins this year, with both of them I put the spices in the boil the last 10 min.

 
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Old 10-21-2011, 05:05 AM   #7
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One thing I forgot to say, the first pumpkin I made I put 1TBS of cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove. The clove turned out to be way to strong. The second batch I cut the nutmeg and clove down to 1 tsp and it was just the right amount of spices.

 
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Old 10-21-2011, 05:08 AM   #8
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I wonder if your spices are old?
They should be less than 6 months old [they say].

Anyways, good luck.
even though i quoted the spice tea (above), my technique is to rehydrated the spices in wort for 10 min in a small cup; then add at flame out. i no chill, so they steep overnight.

 
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Old 10-21-2011, 12:16 PM   #9
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I wonder if your spices are old?
They should be less than 6 months old [they say].
While I'm sure that spices lose their potency over time, I wonder if the 6 month rule wasn't devised as a way to sell more spices.

 
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Old 10-21-2011, 07:28 PM   #10
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I am just sayin' we pay a lot of attention to precisely how much measurement of spices we put in, without considering that age could reduce the effect.

good info re: shelf life http://www.ochef.com/627.htm

 
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