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Old 09-28-2012, 05:31 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by billf2112 View Post
I went back and forth on this and most everyone in my brew club said even with rice hulls it was a pita and went to adding to the boil. I will see the final product and if I am not happy will change next year.
After mashing the pumpkin in last year's pumpkin ale, and getting a super sticky mess of a sparge, I decided to only boil pumpkin this year. I used 3 lbs of baked, canned pumpkin in the full boil, spices added over the last ten mins. The whole boil smelled of wonderful pumpkin and once the spices went in, the aromas were delicious pumpkin pie. The wort sample tasted like a very very sweet pumpkin pie. Plenty of pumpkin and pie spice flavor and aroma.
From what I gathered by boiling a pound of canned pumpkin in a gallon of water was that the pumpkin contributed ~4-6 gravity points. I also took readings on brew day, one from the runnings before the pumpkin went in, one right after adding and stirring in the pumpkin. 3 lbs added ~4 points to ~6.5 gal of wort. YMMV
I'll be taking the first final gravity reading this weekend, I'll try to post my results back here, but you can follow this thread to see how it comes out.

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Old 09-28-2012, 05:34 PM   #12
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I used about 6lbs fresh pumpkin that I roasted in the oven until it was soft and started to carmelize, then mashed well. I added the pumpkin and rice hulls directly to the mash and had no stuck sparge. I got a decent amount of pumpkin flavor but not overwhelming. I added 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1/8 tsp allspice, 1/4 tsp ginger, and 1/8 tsp nutmeg to the boil with 1 minute remaining and so far so good. Still have a week or more till this goes in bottles.
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Old 09-28-2012, 07:42 PM   #13
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I used 7-15oz. cans in a 9g. batch, roasted at 350 about 1" thick on two cookie sheets for 45 minutes. I added it to the mash with three or so handfuls of rice-hulls and had no slower runoff than usual. The spent grain looked pretty normal afterwards, actually. I added pumpkin pie spice (2 TBSP) with 10m left in boil.

Basically used Reno_eNVy's recipe as a base and just modified grain bill/hops to what I had on hand.
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