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Pumpkin Ale Brew question
« on: October 20, 2011, 04:34:47 PM »
Hey All

I am a relatively new home brewer, and looking for help! I am going to start brewing a pumpkin ale, yet had a question in regards to the pumpkin.

I will be using malt extract, but should I put the pumpkin (after baking and scooping out of its shell) in my nylon steep bag, and let it steep for the 60 min. boil for 5 gallons? Or do I pitch the pumpkin mash directly into the wort?

Any guidance would be appreciated!


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Re: Pumpkin Ale Brew question
« Reply #1 on: October 20, 2011, 05:01:34 PM »
Personally, I'm concerned about the starch from the pumpkin remaining in the beer, so I'd mash it. If you aren't able/willing to do a mini-mash, just leave the pumpkin out and focus on getting the spice character you want. Pumpkin doesn't add a whole lot.
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Re: Pumpkin Ale Brew question
« Reply #2 on: October 20, 2011, 05:12:37 PM »
Personally, I'm concerned about the starch from the pumpkin remaining in the beer, so I'd mash it. If you aren't able/willing to do a mini-mash, just leave the pumpkin out and focus on getting the spice character you want. Pumpkin doesn't add a whole lot.

Yet many people boil their pumpkins without problems.
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Re: Pumpkin Ale Brew question
« Reply #3 on: October 22, 2011, 05:55:56 AM »
See this thread. It has plenty of info on when to add pumpkin and what it does:

http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/forum/index.php?topic=9485.0
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