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Old 08-07-2013, 12:11 AM   #1
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So I have been wanting to make a pumpkin beer for sometime after my absolute failure 4 years ago (it was my only batch that i dumped all 5 gallons). This time I am taking a different approach. My last beer, a brown ale, is my hopeful base. I have a fairly solid recipe, so i made an extra gallon, when I keg, I will put the last gallon aside into two growlers and add spices to test the concoction...

I was thinking of doing something different, other than a basic pumpkin beer, so here are my two ideas

- Pumpkin Pie and Bourbon Brown Ale
- Pumpkin Pie Coffee Brown Ale

Anybody have any thoughts or opinions on either of them, or suggestions on how to execute them (assuming your comment isn't terrible)

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Old 08-07-2013, 03:05 PM   #2
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No experience with using coffee here. But one of my favorite beers was a bourbon pumpkin ale.

I added spices soaked in Makers Mark, plus about 750ml, and a few oak cubes into secondary of a 5 gal batch. I left in with the oak for about a week, transferred to a keg, then it took a good 4 months for all the flavors to blend well.
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