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Old 08-29-2007, 01:15 AM   #1
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Default Scottish Pumpkin ale recipe critique

I'm thinking of making a Scottish style ale with pumpkin and spices. I'm thinking something like a 70/ or 90/ Scottish ale.

I took a basic Scottish ale recipe, and combined it with the aspects I liked of Richard's Pumpkin Ale and St. Faud's Flaming Pumpkin Ale

here is the beginnings of my recipe.

Recipe Type: All Grain

OG Estimate: 1.057
FG Estimate: 1.015

7.5 lbs Pale malt (2 row)
2 lbs Cara Pils/dextrine
.25 lbs Roasted barley
.25 lbs Chocolate malt
.75 lb Maple syrup

Hops
.5 oz Northern Brewer (60min)
.25 oz Williamette (20)
.25 oz Cascade (5 min)

Spices (to be added to last 15 min of boil)
2 tsp cinnamon or 1-2 cinnamon sticks
1/4 tsp ground clove, nutmeg and ginger
1 tsp allspice

8 lbs pumpkin baked at 350 for 1 hour and added to beginning of boil

The pumpkin is up for debate. I've read several things about fresh and canned pumpkin. Canned seems much easier though. I might end up going with less though. Most recipes I read consistently said 6-8 lbs of pumpkin though.



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Old 08-29-2007, 01:20 AM   #2
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In Scotland, Pumpkin is almost only sold in the shops at Halloween and even then we don't eat it. Strange bunch the Scots. I eat it about four times a week here in Tassie.

A Scottish Pumpkin Ale sounds so crazy it may work!


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Watch the finishing hops. That Cascade may not jive with the spices and pumpkin. Otherwise, I think it'll work just fine! Nice and malty with a touch of maple. I like it!
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I never would have thought of this but being Scottish/Scotch ale fans, it sounds like it may work...
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I would get rid of the cascade and leave it without any aroma hops. The spice should be enough aroma.

What is the IBUs? I would aim for something in the mid 30s.
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I would get rid of the cascade and leave it without any aroma hops. The spice should be enough aroma.

What is the IBUs? I would aim for something in the mid 30s.
I just dropped out the cascade as aroma and upped the boil time to 20 min. That puts me up at 20 IBU's. I might drop out the cascade and either replace it, or just increase the NB and Willamette.
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I would get rid of the cascade all together (grapefruit and pumpkin pie don't sound good together) and up the Willamette.
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I would get rid of the cascade all together (grapefruit and pumpkin pie don't sound good together) and up the Willamette.
Good deal. Thanks for all the input guys!
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Personally I would stick with just the Northern Brewer and drop the flavor and aroma hops as Scottish ales should really only have one hop addition.

The whole idea sounds pretty cool to me, you'll have to let us know how it turns out.
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Personally I would stick with just the Northern Brewer and drop the flavor and aroma hops as Scottish ales should really only have one hop addition.

The whole idea sounds pretty cool to me, you'll have to let us know how it turns out.
This had occured to me. The more I have read about the style is that some very traditional Scottish ales didn't even use hops, or used very little. If I was to do this, would you suggest using 3/4 to 1 oz Northern Brewer, or keeping it at 1/2 oz and letting the spices do the work for me?


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