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Title: Pumpkin Beer
Post by: dzlater on September 10, 2011, 06:06:24 am
My club is doing an informal pumpkin beer comp.
Personally I have no desire to brew one. If you like them that's cool, to each his/her own.
 It's one of those things where I think , why would you want to screw up a perfectly good beer by adding a large orange squash. ???
Just wanted to see what others think.
Title: Re: Pumpkin Beer
Post by: jeffy on September 10, 2011, 06:48:41 am
You should add, "may try a sample if you hand me your home brew but I don't want a full pint."
Title: Re: Pumpkin Beer
Post by: bernman on September 10, 2011, 07:24:54 am
I started one a couple weeks ago. It's the thrid pumpkin ale I have brewed in the last 4 years.
Title: Re: Pumpkin Beer
Post by: chezteth on September 10, 2011, 07:31:55 am
My wife & I will be brewing one next weekend.  I don't think adding the pumpkin to the beer is such a bad thing as it really doesn't add much flavor.  What usually turns people off to pumpkin beers are the spices.  I personally like pumpkin beers this time of the year.  I guess it just goes with autumn.
Title: Re: Pumpkin Beer
Post by: Hokerer on September 10, 2011, 07:33:40 am
Have had Dogfish Head Punkin and thought it was Ok.  So I had to check "might" buy some.
Title: Re: Pumpkin Beer
Post by: dzlater on September 10, 2011, 08:44:01 am
You should add, "may try a sample if you hand me your home brew but I don't want a full pint."

done
Title: Re: Pumpkin Beer
Post by: jeffy on September 10, 2011, 09:08:27 am
You should add, "may try a sample if you hand me your home brew but I don't want a full pint."

done

Dang, I already voted.
Title: Re: Pumpkin Beer
Post by: beersk on September 10, 2011, 07:52:37 pm
I don't see a "no pants" option...
Title: Re: Pumpkin Beer
Post by: sparkleberry on September 10, 2011, 08:11:54 pm
never tried one i wanted to keep drinking.  this style has never made sense to me.  pumpkin belongs in pies.   
Title: Re: Pumpkin Beer
Post by: cheba420 on September 11, 2011, 01:44:41 am
 
My wife & I will be brewing one next weekend.  I don't think adding the pumpkin to the beer is such a bad thing as it really doesn't add much flavor.  What usually turns people off to pumpkin beers are the spices.  I personally like pumpkin beers this time of the year.  I guess it just goes with autumn.

Feels like Autumn, indeed. I've been brewing a pumpkin porter every season for the last 4 years. Its a really good beer that comes in around 7.5%-8%. I got the recipe from Sam G's Extreme Brewing and converted it to all grain. Its a little different from the typical pumpkin ale you find out there. The spicing is low key but you know its there. Its one of the beers I look forward to brewing and having around for the holidays. I usually pour the first pint on Halloween and keep it on through the end of the year.
Title: Re: Pumpkin Beer
Post by: andrew on September 11, 2011, 06:27:15 am
My wife & I will be brewing one next weekend.  I don't think adding the pumpkin to the beer is such a bad thing as it really doesn't add much flavor.  What usually turns people off to pumpkin beers are the spices.  I personally like pumpkin beers this time of the year.  I guess it just goes with autumn.

It does seem that either you love'em or you hate'em with the spices being the sticking point. The cinnamon is what kills me. Its fine as long as its just a hint since that stuff can over whelm it easily.


I'll be brewing up one as soon as the store gets in some pumpkins which probably wont be until a couple weeks from now. Next year I plan on growing my own pumpkins so I wont have to wait on them.
Title: Re: Pumpkin Beer
Post by: chezteth on September 11, 2011, 09:28:42 am

It does seem that either you love'em or you hate'em with the spices being the sticking point. The cinnamon is what kills me. Its fine as long as its just a hint since that stuff can over whelm it easily.


I'll be brewing up one as soon as the store gets in some pumpkins which probably wont be until a couple weeks from now. Next year I plan on growing my own pumpkins so I wont have to wait on them.

I can definitely understand how too much cinnamon would be unpleasant.  What I tend to find is that most examples, including commercial ones, have too much clove.  Even in a pumpkin pie too much clove, or cinnamon, is not pleasant.
Title: Re: Pumpkin Beer
Post by: madscientist on September 12, 2011, 11:05:56 am
I brewed one up and it's still in the primary, but is almost ready to be racked to the secondary I would say.  Another gravity reading today and tomorrow will tell me. 

Anyway, I thought I overdid it when I mixed up the spices, but after tasting my hydrometer sample i think I'm right where I want to be.  I was debating whether or not to add a small amount of vanilla to the secondary, but I don't think i want to do that now, it seems really balanced.  The base beer is a brown ale. 
Title: Re: Pumpkin Beer
Post by: linenoiz on September 12, 2011, 11:07:42 am
I had been planning on brewing one this year. I had never had one and the idea sounded appealing as I loves me some pumpkin pie. Last week I saw a local brewery put out their seasonal pumpkin beer, so I picked up a six pack. I took one sip and said "Oh. So that's what that tastes like..."

I will not be brewing one now.
Title: Re: Pumpkin Beer
Post by: tschmidlin on September 12, 2011, 11:57:00 am
I had been planning on brewing one this year. I had never had one and the idea sounded appealing as I loves me some pumpkin pie. Last week I saw a local brewery put out their seasonal pumpkin beer, so I picked up a six pack. I took one sip and said "Oh. So that's what that tastes like..."

I will not be brewing one now.
Don't decide based on what may have been a poorly done version of the beer.  Try a few different ones and you may find that you like them after all.  I recommend Southern Tier Pumking, Elysian Great Pumpkin, and Dogfish Head Punkin.
Title: Re: Pumpkin Beer
Post by: linenoiz on September 12, 2011, 01:24:37 pm
I had been planning on brewing one this year. I had never had one and the idea sounded appealing as I loves me some pumpkin pie. Last week I saw a local brewery put out their seasonal pumpkin beer, so I picked up a six pack. I took one sip and said "Oh. So that's what that tastes like..."

I will not be brewing one now.
Don't decide based on what may have been a poorly done version of the beer.  Try a few different ones and you may find that you like them after all.  I recommend Southern Tier Pumking, Elysian Great Pumpkin, and Dogfish Head Punkin.
Really, my problem is that I have a poor "taste imagination" for things I've never tried before. Pumpkin pie beer sounded good until I got a taste of one. Now that I have a metric, I can't imagine any level of pumpkin pie spices that would be good. Except maybe zero. I imagine zero would be good.

I will make an effort to try other pumpkin beers, but until I find one that isn't gross, I don't think I want to waste my efforts making one.
Title: Re: Pumpkin Beer
Post by: denny on September 12, 2011, 02:08:01 pm
I imagine zero would be good.

That was my conclusion, too.
Title: Re: Pumpkin Beer
Post by: roguenationpatriot on September 12, 2011, 02:56:41 pm
Have had Dogfish Head Punkin and thought it was Ok.  So I had to check "might" buy some.

I just had my first Dogfish Punkin this weekend, I liked the spices and the body of it.  Looking forward to making my own this season.
Title: Re: Pumpkin Beer
Post by: tschmidlin on September 12, 2011, 05:49:29 pm
I had been planning on brewing one this year. I had never had one and the idea sounded appealing as I loves me some pumpkin pie. Last week I saw a local brewery put out their seasonal pumpkin beer, so I picked up a six pack. I took one sip and said "Oh. So that's what that tastes like..."

I will not be brewing one now.
Don't decide based on what may have been a poorly done version of the beer.  Try a few different ones and you may find that you like them after all.  I recommend Southern Tier Pumking, Elysian Great Pumpkin, and Dogfish Head Punkin.
Really, my problem is that I have a poor "taste imagination" for things I've never tried before. Pumpkin pie beer sounded good until I got a taste of one. Now that I have a metric, I can't imagine any level of pumpkin pie spices that would be good. Except maybe zero. I imagine zero would be good.

I will make an effort to try other pumpkin beers, but until I find one that isn't gross, I don't think I want to waste my efforts making one.
It's entirely possible you don't like the style, but I'm glad you'll try some other ones, you may be surprised.  Or you may be Denny. ;)
Title: Re: Pumpkin Beer
Post by: denny on September 12, 2011, 06:49:08 pm
Or you may be Denny. ;)

I may not be interested in brewing one, but I'll keep tryin' 'em.  No way to know otherwise....
Title: Re: Pumpkin Beer
Post by: bluesman on September 12, 2011, 07:38:48 pm
I probably won't brew one, but I will be drinking some of Dogfish's Punkin Ale at our next homebrew club meeting at the DFH pub. I look forward to it's release on draft every fall. Great brew!  8)
Title: Re: Pumpkin Beer
Post by: cheba420 on September 12, 2011, 08:32:06 pm
I probably won't brew one, but I will be drinking some of Dogfish's Punkin Ale at our next homebrew club meeting at the DFH pub. I look forward to it's release on draft every fall. Great brew!  8)
That's my favorite commercial Pumpkin release. It really is a good beer. If you're not sure about pumpkin beers, this is the one to try. If you dont like it, THEN you can say you dont like pumpkin beers.
Title: Re: Pumpkin Beer
Post by: majorvices on September 12, 2011, 09:27:46 pm
Pumpkin pie is delicious. Pumpkin beer is interesting until about 1/2 the glass. No matter who's it is. Then I need something else.
Title: Re: Pumpkin Beer
Post by: tschmidlin on September 12, 2011, 09:42:35 pm
Or you may be Denny. ;)

I may not be interested in brewing one, but I'll keep tryin' 'em.  No way to know otherwise....
Exactly. :)

(When I said "Or you may be Denny", by that I meant "you may NOT be surprised to not like them".  Yes, it's convoluted. ;) )
Title: Re: Pumpkin Beer
Post by: roguenationpatriot on September 18, 2011, 06:04:33 am
How much of the actually pumpkin, do you need to put in a five gallon batch?
Title: Re: Pumpkin Beer
Post by: ynotbrusum on September 19, 2011, 06:53:12 pm
I just brewed one as a kit from my LHBS - he took 2nd place at an NHA competition a few years back with it and it has absolutely no pumpkin in it - just a very small ziplock bag of spices that are added to 2 ozs of vodka and put into the secondary.  I tried what he had and it was great - very subtle with the spices.

YMMV
Title: Re: Pumpkin Beer
Post by: a10t2 on September 19, 2011, 08:07:28 pm
How much of the actually pumpkin, do you need to put in a five gallon batch?

Anywhere from zero ("the flavor comes from spices and the pumpkin adds nothing") to several pounds. There have been quite a few threads with recipes recently. If you look back through the archives of any brewing forum, there will be dozens posted every year around this time.
Title: Re: Pumpkin Beer
Post by: phillamb168 on September 20, 2011, 03:48:04 am
Pumpkin in Boil, Not In Mash.
Title: Re: Pumpkin Beer
Post by: tschmidlin on September 20, 2011, 11:58:18 pm
For those of you using canned pumpkin for your brew, I learned something interesting at my club meeting tonight.  There are MANY squashes that are considered to be "pumpkins" by the USDA.  In the western US, canned Libbey pumpkin is generally made out of butternut squash.  In the eastern US, it is made from either Hubbard or banana squash.  I don't know about other brands.
Title: Re: Pumpkin Beer
Post by: darkmorford on September 21, 2011, 02:40:18 am
I've had some friends tell me that they've had some good pumpkin beers. I've never tasted one myself, but I did notice that Midwest sells a kit for a pumpkin ale. I'm thinking about brewing a batch; if I don't like it I've got people I can give it away to.
Title: Re: Pumpkin Beer
Post by: Tristan on September 21, 2011, 07:49:12 pm
I just brewed a Pumpkin "Pi" Ale this afternoon.  I've never brewed one up until today and I've always wanted to.  The wort smelled and tasted delicious.  I'm not sure if it's a beer I'll want to drink a lot of in one sitting.  It will be a nice beer to give sixers of to friends and family; or if I like it too much just to hoard.
Title: Re: Pumpkin Beer
Post by: boulderbrewer on September 22, 2011, 10:53:23 pm
You could brew a pale ale and put the pumpkin in the mash and just tell that it is in there, but the pumpkin adds a nice flavor and slight aroma to the pale ale.
Title: Re: Pumpkin Beer
Post by: davidgzach on September 23, 2011, 11:09:24 am
I made my first last year and it was fantastic!  I am NOT a fan of ANY fruit/vegetable additions to beers, but I do like the Pumpkin Ale.  I made mine with a lot of spices and added a quartered and baked 15lb pumpkin to the mash.  It came out at 8.3% and tasted like Pumpkin Pie Beer.  MMMMMMMM!

Plus two of those and you were one very happy orange squash drinkin' camper.....
Dave
Title: Re: Pumpkin Beer
Post by: 3wood on September 23, 2011, 09:04:26 pm
St. Arnolds out of Houston made a divine reserve Pumpkin Ale a few years ago and it was gr8!  They plan on making it a seasonal brew, but I am anxious to try one of my own.
Title: Re: Pumpkin Beer
Post by: andrew on September 25, 2011, 07:08:09 am
Brewed up some pumpkin ale yesterday. I got the color as close to pumpkin orange as I could.

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Title: Re: Pumpkin Beer
Post by: tonyp on September 25, 2011, 10:55:36 am
I've had requests from friends to brew a pumpkin beer but personally i find pumpkin disgusting in any form, except carved on the front step, and even then i won't go near the guts as it activates my gag reflex as soon as the smell hits me. Put me down for not brewing one.
Title: Re: Pumpkin Beer
Post by: oscarvan on September 26, 2011, 06:17:10 pm
I've had requests from friends to brew a pumpkin beer but personally i find pumpkin disgusting in any form, except carved on the front step, and even then i won't go near the guts as it activates my gag reflex as soon as the smell hits me. Put me down for not brewing one.

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Title: Re: Pumpkin Beer
Post by: tonyp on September 27, 2011, 10:30:09 am
haha love it oscar!