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It's The Great Pumpkin xBmt! Does adding pumpkin to a "pumpkin" beer actually make a noticeable difference? For this week's xBmt, we compared the same beer made with with and without pumpkin, both receiving the same spice additions. The results are in!

 http://brulosophy.com/2015/10/05/its-the-great-pumpkin-xbmt-pt-1-does-pumpkin-make-a-difference-exbeeriment-results/

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Damn, you are up early (as am I).

Also, enjoyed the post (as usual).
« Last Edit: October 05, 2015, 12:16:57 PM by narcout »
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This is awesome.  While I haven't pondered the pumpkininess of so-called pumpkin beers, I would DARE you to try this same experiment with oatmeal.  Like an oatmeal stout vs. oatless stout.  Try that one.  The latter experiment, I have been wanting to try for quite some time.
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about what I expected.  I have to use a ton, roasted, for it to show.  Only time I entered it I mentioned the cinnamon but not the pumpkin.  Neither judge noticed it.  *shrug*

great stuff, thank you.

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Unita's Punk'N beer is one that I thought your could really sense the pumpkin...maybe it's a mouthfeel thing.  Of course being in New England, you can't go anywhere without seeing Shipyard Pumpkinhead...which I used to drink but now won't touch it. 

And you should disqualify the results from the woman in the Steelers shirt...obviously she has not taste :)
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Good topic for an exbeeriment.

The results are pretty much as I would expect and the commentary regarding some slight differences in flavor and mouthfeel seemed on par. I have definitely had pumpkin beers where the use of pumpkin is noticeable (Uinta Punk'n as theDarkSide notes) and others where it is not. 

I have a mix of roasted pumpkin, butternut squash, and sweet potato currently sitting in a fermenter of an amber based beer. I am curious as to how or if this will come through in the beer. 
« Last Edit: October 05, 2015, 02:12:51 PM by goschman »
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very interesting.
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It really is kind of surprising it doesn't come through more. It's not a flavorless thing being added like cane sugar.
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have you ever tasted pumpkin meat, raw, uncooked, and unspiced?

kinda bland to me.
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This is awesome.  While I haven't pondered the pumpkininess of so-called pumpkin beers, I would DARE you to try this same experiment with oatmeal.  Like an oatmeal stout vs. oatless stout.  Try that one.  The latter experiment, I have been wanting to try for quite some time.
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have you ever tasted pumpkin meat, raw, uncooked, and unspiced?

kinda bland to me.
I have. I've also tasted unadulterated roasted pumpkin, it doesn't taste all that different, surprisingly.

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Re: It's The Great Pumpkin xBmt: Does Pumpkin Make A Difference? | exBEERiment
« Reply #10 on: October 05, 2015, 04:13:44 PM »
Good job, Marshall, and it's nice to have my own perceptions confirmed.
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Re: It's The Great Pumpkin xBmt: Does Pumpkin Make A Difference? | exBEERiment
« Reply #11 on: October 05, 2015, 04:25:12 PM »
Good job, Marshall, and it's nice to have my own perceptions confirmed.
That the spices are the real culprits?
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Re: It's The Great Pumpkin xBmt: Does Pumpkin Make A Difference? | exBEERiment
« Reply #12 on: October 05, 2015, 04:25:45 PM »
Good job, Malcolm, and it's nice to have my own perceptions confirmed.
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Re: It's The Great Pumpkin xBmt: Does Pumpkin Make A Difference? | exBEERiment
« Reply #13 on: October 05, 2015, 04:40:52 PM »
Good job, Malcolm, and it's nice to have my own perceptions confirmed.
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Re: It's The Great Pumpkin xBmt: Does Pumpkin Make A Difference? | exBEERiment
« Reply #14 on: October 05, 2015, 04:41:21 PM »
Good job, Marshall, and it's nice to have my own perceptions confirmed.
That the spices are the real culprits?

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