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Old 01-30-2013, 03:43 AM   #1
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I followed a recipe for a pumpkin ale that chose to use canned Libby's Pumpkin in the mash. Not the way i usually do my pumpkin ale. This time I have a sour tasting beer, reminds me of a Gose I made...

I wanted to know if there is something I can do to improve this cuz I didn't want a sour. I am thinking of blending to ease up the sourness but wondered if I there was another option...


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Old 01-30-2013, 04:26 AM   #2
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Any pumpkin I've ever brewed or tasted was too sweet for my taste and I also use Libby's. I don't know how it could be sour other than infection or ingredients. Sour pumpkin is something I have not experienced.



 
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Old 01-30-2013, 04:48 AM   #3
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@Nugget, do you also add pumpkin in the mash? That was the first time I added in the mash. Before I would use cut up pumpkin, roast it with some spice and add it in the fermenter. Thought I would try the canned pumpkin in the mash this go-round and maybe something in the mash caused the malt to go sour??? It's not an awful sour, more like a Belgium pumpkin ale. i'm just not a fan of the Belgiums/sours. I get a similar flavor out of it that I did from a Gose I made. I wasn't a fan of that either(acidulated malt) Any other way to cover up the sour, other than blending?
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I can't help you with blending but I always add the pumpkin to the mash. I then add the pumpkin spice to the boil.

 
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Old 01-30-2013, 05:10 AM   #5
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I've also tried to mash lower around 152f and still to sweet for my taste, however friends and family can't get enough of it. Just not my thing I guess. Maybe your yeast is the problem with the sour taste. I used a Britsh Ale yeast and maybe US-05 or 1056 would have taken some maltyness out.

 
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Old 01-31-2013, 08:33 PM   #6
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Thanks Nug, I think I got a contamination issue. I used 2 different yeast strains in the separte 5 gallon batches and same funk in both. I was trying to blame it on the mash but I think I gotta accept I just screwed up somewhere along the sanitation process. The first pumpkin I did was with Extract with whole pumpking and so far that has been the best batch I have made, it was nice and sweet, probably too much for your liking but a hit with SWMBO. Well thanks for your input, back to the drawing board Cheers!
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