Pumpkin Ale Research

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Pumpkin Ale Research

Unread postby Twonky » Fri Feb 06, 2015 5:50 pm

Hi Guys,

Pumpkin ale is something I still want to try...
I have now separated some seeds, and will be growing some this year.
However I could also use store bought pumpkins... even if they are very expensive here in the NL.

So far I have read that there is a braumeister brewer who makes pumpkin ale, I noticed some posts on brewtoad.
But I have also read that pumpkin will cause stuck sparges very easily... and my last brewday was no success as I also had circulation problems (this time due to the maltpipe seal that shifted off the malt pipe...)

So I was wondering, anyone here have any experience that they would like to share regarding pumpkins?

Looking forward to you experiences / thoughts

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Re: Pumpkin Ale Research

Unread postby Krmak » Fri Feb 06, 2015 6:42 pm

I made a pumpking ale this year. Along with the 12 kg grain bill, I added 2,5 kg of pureed pumpkins to the mash. Before I made the pumpkin puree I cut the pumpkins into slices, covered them in some sugar and baked them in an oven for 20-30 minutes. The only problem that I encountered was a really really slow sparge. :beer:
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Re: Pumpkin Ale Research

Unread postby Broham1 » Sun Feb 08, 2015 5:57 pm

Twonky wrote:Hi Guys,

Pumpkin ale is something I still want to try…

So I was wondering, anyone here have any experience that they would like to share regarding pumpkins?

Looking forward to you experiences / thoughts

Cheers
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This was my third year brewing my annual pumpkin ale, Ichabod's Revenge. It ended up being my third batch on the new system, so I didn't hit the OG I wanted, but it still turned out great and was a crowd favorite.

I'll post the recipe in the recipe section right now.
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Re: Pumpkin Ale Research

Unread postby cpa4ny » Mon Feb 09, 2015 5:09 am

Check out my pumpkin ale recipe with a fairly detailed brewlog on Brewtoad:

https://www.brewtoad.com/recipes/imperial-pumpkin-v2
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Re: Pumpkin Ale Research

Unread postby Twonky » Mon Feb 09, 2015 7:03 pm

Thanx Guys ;-)

So other than a slow sparge no problems to be expected? that sounds good!
Thanx for the recipes!

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Re: Pumpkin Ale Research

Unread postby cpa4ny » Tue Feb 10, 2015 12:22 am

I actually didn't have a slow sparge.

After baking the pumpkin, I ran it through the blender.

The trick for me was to blend it HOT, otherwise the pumpkin gets all clumpy.

The resulting pumpkin mush just kind of dissolved during the mashing process.
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Re: Pumpkin Ale Research

Unread postby Twonky » Wed Feb 11, 2015 6:30 pm

Hi cpa4ny,

You mean you run it through the blender when it is still hot.
And then add it to the mash when it is also still hot, or does that not matter?

Before using the BM, I did single step mash and usually added 5% wheat flower, didn't stir just shaked ;-) and never had any problems with filtering.
With the BM this does not work that well... so I am slightly afraid of stuck filtration.
But I'll definitely try this some day!

Thanx dude!

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Re: Pumpkin Ale Research

Unread postby Broham1 » Wed Feb 11, 2015 6:52 pm

I leave the pumpkin in large slices after roasting, but press down on each one with a potato masher to loosen up the flesh. I throw the slices into the mash. No flow issues yet.
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Re: Pumpkin Ale Research

Unread postby Dicko » Wed Feb 11, 2015 10:43 pm

HERE is another snippet of info with a recipe and directions.

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Re: Pumpkin Ale Research

Unread postby cpa4ny » Thu Feb 12, 2015 6:02 am

Twonky wrote:Hi cpa4ny,

You mean you run it through the blender when it is still hot.
And then add it to the mash when it is also still hot, or does that not matter?

Before using the BM, I did single step mash and usually added 5% wheat flower, didn't stir just shaked ;-) and never had any problems with filtering.
With the BM this does not work that well... so I am slightly afraid of stuck filtration.
But I'll definitely try this some day!

Thanx dude!

Cheers
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Hi Twonky,

Exactly - after I blend it, I just dump it into the mash & stir it like a maniac :twisted:

I haven't tried using floUR (trust that's what you meant) in the mash, but from I understand it's a fairly common procedure for the saison brewers.

Best wishes for your brew - let us know how it comes out :beer:
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Re: Pumpkin Ale Research

Unread postby Twonky » Sat Feb 14, 2015 2:41 pm

cpa4ny wrote:Exactly - after I blend it, I just dump it into the mash & stir it like a maniac :twisted:
I haven't tried using floUR (trust that's what you meant) in the mash, but from I understand it's a fairly common procedure for the saison brewers.
Best wishes for your brew - let us know how it comes out :beer:


Indeed I meant flour ;-)
However elderberry flowers are also a nice addition, not sure if it will combine with pumpkin though.... ;-)

Sure when I get around to trying this, I'll sure post the results!

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Re: Pumpkin Ale Research

Unread postby heywolfie1015 » Thu Aug 03, 2017 11:21 pm

Resurrecting an old thread here, but am I correct that folks who brew pumpkin ales on the BM just put the blended, cooked pumpkin directly in the mash pipe with the grain and proceed with a normal brew? If so, great! I only recently began using the BM for brewing, but previously brewed several pumpkin ales in a MLT made out of an Igloo cooler and wanted to try it out on the BM.
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Re: Pumpkin Ale Research

Unread postby mashy » Fri Aug 04, 2017 8:36 am

Does anyone know the history of pumpkin ale ?
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