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Old 11-11-2007, 12:53 AM   #1
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Tried a sample of my pumpkin ale while taking my final hydro reading and it's not very spicy/pumpkinny at all. Should have used more of the pumpkin spice.

I've heard of adding cinnamon sticks to the secondary. How well does this work and how much should I use? Is there anything else I can add to the secondary to help the flavor?

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Old 11-11-2007, 01:43 AM   #2
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You can soak the cinnamon sticks in vodka to sanatize them if you're worried about it. I've found nutmeg helps give it some good pumpkin flavor, fresh ground version works best.
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Old 11-11-2007, 01:44 AM   #3
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What kind of spice did you add? You can add more to the secondary. Mix it with a little vodka, let that sit and extract the flavor, then pour a dosed amount of the vodka in. I did this with mine in the keg and it has perfect amount of spice.

Oh, the Professor beat me. Mine has a very distinct nutmeg flavor...it is very nice.


 
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Old 11-11-2007, 01:51 AM   #4
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I have found that too much nutmeg is the ruin of many pumpkin beers. I would stick to cinnamon. I would roast the cinnamon sticks (cloves couldn't hurt either) and toss them into the secondary. Fasson makes a good pumpkin ale. You taste hardly any nutmeg in it.
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Old 11-11-2007, 01:59 AM   #5
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Great stuff guys. Thanks.

So, how much nutmeg or cinnamon sticks should I add? I want a nice subtle spice flavor.

 
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Old 11-11-2007, 02:19 AM   #6
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You could add 2 tbsp of pumpkin spice to a 5 gallon boil.
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Old 11-11-2007, 02:31 AM   #7
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I did 2 tsp of Pumpkin Pie Spice in the boil and then another 1 tsp in the keg. This was for a batch that was a little short of 5 gallons. I like the Spice mix stuff since it is already mixed in the ratios that I know will be good for a pumpkin pie flavor.

 
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Old 11-11-2007, 07:32 AM   #8
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Excellent. Though, it wasn't the boil I was talking about...it was the secondary

I like the pumpkin spice idea. Maybe I'll add a couple tablespoons to the secondary. I'm guessing there is no need to sanitize if you open a fresh container of pumpkin spice....right?

 
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Old 11-11-2007, 12:48 PM   #9
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Would 3Tbsp pumpkin pie spice during the boil along with an additional 2tsp cinnamin and 1tsp cloves be over the top for a 5% beer? I'm thinking 2row only and a nice 2 and a half hour boil to get some scorching in. (just going to bitter hop to 25-30ibu's) and how many gravity points would 1lb 13oz of canned pumpkin add? How fermentable is it?
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Old 11-11-2007, 01:31 PM   #10
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I had a pumpkin ale with too much spice and it tasted bad. It tasted like fake pumpkin.
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