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Old 09-18-2007, 06:04 PM   #1
Apr 2007
State College Pa
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I have been seeing in post's that there is a loss of beer due to ALOT of trub when brewing with pumpkin. To combat this I was thinking of starting with 5 1/2 or 6 gallons of water instead of the normal five for my extract brew. I will be brewing a brown ale syle with pumpkin added, so even with 5 gals it would not be a high O.G. brew. Adding more water is only going to weaken my O.G. and lower alc content. But... I was wondering how much fermentables pumpkin adds? Will the addition of pumkin be enough to keep the O.G. and alc content around the original 5 gal levels? Or should I look for a small addition of another fermentable like honey....belgian candi...?

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Old 09-18-2007, 07:55 PM   #2
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I believe that pumpkin will add very little or no fermentable sugar unless it is mashed (even then it is a very small amount).

If you decided to go with 6 gallons just add enough extract to bring your OG up to desired amount. You can add adjuncts if you choose...candi sugar will ferment (practically) out completely and make the beer somewhat drier.

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Old 09-18-2007, 09:48 PM   #3
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Pumpkin (like most fruits) runs around 6% sugar, so a pound will give you less than an ounce of sugar. You'll lose more to the trub than you'll gain from the pumpkin.
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