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Ingredients / Should I freeze my pumpkins?
« on: November 23, 2009, 08:49:06 AM »
I know that it is a little late in the season to be brewing a Pumpkin Ale, but something has to go into that empty keg.

I am planning to bake the pumpkins, scoop out the "meat" and add it to my mash.

I know that wine makers will freeze their fruit, thaw and freeze again to aid in the breakdown of cell walls in the fruit.

Would this process help with my Pumpkin Ale?

General Homebrew Discussion / Water
« on: November 16, 2009, 07:53:33 AM »
I recently moved from the country (with a well) to a small town (city water).  I am hoping to brew my first batch at the new house this weekend and was wondering what, if anything, I need to know about city water. I never tested the well water and I never had a problem with it.

The city water tastes fine, I was thinking that I might just go ahead and brew and see if I got any off flavors.

What should I be worried about with the water?

Ingredients / Where do you buy your ingredients from?
« on: November 10, 2009, 01:33:34 PM »
My LHBS is about an hour away. I am looking to find a place online with the best deals and cheapest shipping for grain. I have been purchaceing hops from and am pleased with their prices and shipping, I'm just looking for something similar for grains.

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