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Old 09-30-2012, 08:18 PM   #1
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Plan on brewing morebeers pumpkin beer later today and the recipe says to add the pumpkin spices in the last few minutes. What would this be, last 2 10 or what? Would adding spices in the beginning and at different points throughout be of benifit? The recipe also calls for 2 tablespoons, would more provide a better taste profile? Thanks!!

 
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Old 09-30-2012, 09:36 PM   #2
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Anyone out there?

 
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Old 09-30-2012, 10:11 PM   #3
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Add them in the last 5 minutes. Adding them early in the boil you'll just boil off all the desired aromas. The flavor might stick around but you're looking for a balance of flavor and aroma.

 
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Old 09-30-2012, 10:37 PM   #4
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Thanks, I'll do that.

 
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Old 09-30-2012, 10:41 PM   #5
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be careful how much you add and look at some recipes to get a feel for how much spice is appropriate, more is not always better
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Old 10-01-2012, 04:09 AM   #6
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I added 1 tbsp at 5 minutes, and when I racked I added 1/2 tbsp soaked in vodka because the flavor wasn't were I wanted it.
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Old 10-01-2012, 04:33 AM   #7
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Good chance you'll lose a lot of aroma and flavor of these during primary. So, be prepared at bottling or kegging to add a little more to taste.

I used a spice mix of equal parts cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, clove, and allspice. This is what I added at bottling to taste. I believe I did 1 tbsp in vodka.

For the mixture at boil, I followed the pumpkin pie spice recipes I found online at foodtv with those same spices but in different quantities.

I was talking to my local brewer about their pumpkin ale that's coming out next week a couple days ago. They used crystallized ginger and whole spices. I'll probably try that next time, except for nutmeg. Those are expensive and a little goes a long way.

 
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Old 10-01-2012, 02:12 PM   #8
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I added mine early in the boil and my taste before racking to the primary dId not show a lot of the spice in the flavor, I may have to add some at bottling
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Old 10-02-2012, 06:48 PM   #9
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So I added the spices with five minutes left in the boil. Then I had a boil over as soon as I added it so I added another 1/4 tablespoon to try and hopefully get back to the original two tablespoons. After measuring my final gravity I snuck a quick taste and boy was it good! What are the chances the flavor will diminish as it ferments? And if so should I add another tablespoon when bottleing or kegging?

 
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Old 10-02-2012, 07:14 PM   #10
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Taste before transferring from the fermentor, if you want more spice then add probably a 3rd of what you already added. If your bottling at that point you could wait a day before bottling or if kegging just transfer it all.
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