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Offline doubledown11

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Pumpkin Beer for the Beginner?
« on: August 21, 2013, 06:19:39 AM »
I really enjoyed reading the pumpkin recipe in the latest issue of Zymurgy. I'd love to brew a pumpkin beer next but am still at the beginner level. Is there a kit you would recommend that will serve as a nice base? I want to use all of the various ingredients (pumpkin, honey, spices, etc) but need to find a kit that will lay the foundation. Thanks!

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Re: Pumpkin Beer for the Beginner?
« Reply #1 on: August 21, 2013, 12:08:11 PM »
Northern Brewer has a "Smashing Pumpkin" kit. I brewed the extract version of it for like my third or fourth batch ever... It's pretty solid
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Re: Pumpkin Beer for the Beginner?
« Reply #2 on: August 21, 2013, 12:42:58 PM »
I am glad you liked the article.

You could easily brew the recipe without the pumpkin with all extract. For the pumpkin I recommend at least a partial mash but if you absolutely can't do that you could just (gads) throw the pumpkin in the boil  :o and get a little character out of it (but you did not hear that from me)  ;)
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Re: Pumpkin Beer for the Beginner?
« Reply #3 on: August 21, 2013, 02:53:06 PM »
Are folks getting ripe, fresh pumpkins already?

I buddy of mine has a great AG recipe, and I wanna try it this year in my commercial brewery, but it takes real pumpkins, roasted and such. 

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Re: Pumpkin Beer for the Beginner?
« Reply #4 on: August 21, 2013, 03:21:54 PM »
Are folks getting ripe, fresh pumpkins already?

I buddy of mine has a great AG recipe, and I wanna try it this year in my commercial brewery, but it takes real pumpkins, roasted and such.

I've seen organic pumpkins at a couple of grocery stores in and around Dallas.

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Re: Pumpkin Beer for the Beginner?
« Reply #5 on: August 22, 2013, 12:46:29 PM »
Canned is much easier and available year round.
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Re: Pumpkin Beer for the Beginner?
« Reply #6 on: August 22, 2013, 01:21:21 PM »
Canned is much easier and available year round.

Yes, just like extract brewing.  Nothing wrong with that, but I prefer to have as much control over the process and such as possible.