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Old 08-28-2012, 03:44 PM   #1
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I have always been a huge fan of pumpkin beers. I have brewed about 4 of the "kit " beers and have gotten the system and a good idea of how everything works. Now i want to try to brew my first either partial or full grain
brew. I know this takes a little research and some trial and errors. are there any pointers that i should know about brewing a pumpkin beer.? I would like to start with an oktoberfest base and go from there.

 
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Old 08-28-2012, 07:48 PM   #2
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Biggest tip...add rice hulls to the mash if you do all grain! If you add real or canned pumpkin it will be sticky and could cause a stuck mash. The Rice hulls help prevent that! Second tip..if using canned pumpkin, use a product that is pure pumpkin like Libby's...but don't use ones that are Pumpkin Pie mixes as they have stuff added! Lastly, spread the pumpkin on a cookie sheet and roast it to caramelize the pumpkin for added flavor.
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Old 08-28-2012, 09:21 PM   #3
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What are rice hulls? I was planning on using a real pumpkin and bake that for a couple hours.

 
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Rice hulls are the cover for the seeds/grains of rice. They are very dry and and help filter the grain bed (if you do all grain) when you are using a sticky substance like pumpkin to prevent a stuck mash. They kind of remind me of dry pine needles but are wider. Here's a pic.

You can use real pumpkin, I used cans for the ease. I recall reading on this forums last year that a lot of people recommend using Sugar Pie pumpkins rather than the big orange jack-o-lantern style because Sugar Pie are a cooking pumpkin and has better flavor. They are much smaller so you would need more. Brewers on this site have also used butternut squash (after all pumpkin is a squash), and even, believe it or not, sweet potatoes will give you a great "pumpkin" flavor.
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