Author Topic: Pumkin Ale with a kick  (Read 1737 times)

Offline LouBru

  • 1st Kit
  • *
  • Posts: 15
Pumkin Ale with a kick
« on: August 30, 2012, 12:49:54 AM »
Hello all,
So, I brewed a basic smashing pumkim from northern.  I added some extra nutmeg and allspice to kick up the flavor a bit.  I tested gravity and checked rase and ABV is at 5.5 but taste is a little bland.  needs more sweetness to it.  I did not add any actual pumkin or pie mix, just the Spices at 0 min of boil.

Is it possible to make a small .5 gallon totty of water/Rum/Brown sugar or molasses and boil, cool and add to secondary?  I am going to bottle next week.  Any thoughts on this?

Primary- SS minow brown
Secondary- Drumpkin dark rum pumpkin ale.
Secondary- Brugse Tripel
Keg Holiday spiced Red
Bottle- Drumpkin / Dude RyePa / Oakwood bourbon porter/ Dark Cherry Van bourbon porter

Offline hoser

  • Brewmaster
  • *****
  • Posts: 773
Re: Pumkin Ale with a kick
« Reply #1 on: August 30, 2012, 02:09:56 AM »
None of those ideas will make it any sweeter, it will just boost the gravity/ABV.  Maybe boil up some maltodextrin and add it to increase mouthfeel, but that won't make it any sweeter?  I suppose adding lactose would make it sweeter.  But, if it were me, I would just leave it alone, but then again, I haven't tasted the beer.

You could make a tincture of the same ratio of spices in vodka and dose it to taste if you need an extra spice kick.