Hi all. I want to brew a pumpkin ale but I'm looking for a way to get the most out of the process. I've read that just boiling the pumpkin can introduce unconverted starches into the beer which isn't good. I got an idea from Sam Calagione's extreme book where he steeps the pumpkin with some spec grains and 6 row. My idea is to steep or pre-boil just the pumpkin then use the boil water as my strike water for the mash and add the pumpkin to the mash as well. I'm also considering oven roasting the pumpkin a bit before boiling. Anyone have any ideas or tips?
I boil pumpkin all the time. The beer is crystal clear. Combined with my spicing regime, I've yet to find anything even close to the quality. There is a catch. Don't use jack o' lantern pumpkins. I use neck pumpkins. Slice them into manageable pieces, top with brown sugar, and roast for about two hours (until soft) at 350F. Be sure to remove the skin and slice the pumpkin into cubes. To eliminate the mess, put the pumpkin into a fine mesh bag, as you would with fruit, and boil. You won't regret it.