First Pumpkin beer, looking for some insight on the recipe I'm using.

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  1. skuzma

    skuzma New Member

    Jul 11, 2019
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    Good day!

    I'm doing a pumpkin ale next month from a kit recipe I found (attached in the grain bill and additions).

    I have a couple of question and would like some input
    1) I want to do whole spices and not crushes spices - for the pumpkin spice. Has anyone done this before, and what do you think a good portion for a 5-gallon batch would be?
    I was thinking 10 cinnamon sticks, 2oz candied ginger, 6-10 all spice berries, 1 whole star anise and then shave some nutmeg? Would you do differenty?​
    2) I wanted to add in some whole vanilla beans into it - when would be a good time to do this, during the mash, during the boil, or doing it like a dry hop and adding it into the keg?
    3) Finally - does anyone has any suggestions for a different hop that might pair well with this? I feel like it would use a little more hoppy flavor.

    Thanks for your insight! Greatly appreciated!

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  2. Nosybear

    Nosybear Well-Known Member

    Jul 16, 2012
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    That's a lot of spice. That much spice: Any neutral hop, about 10 IBUs (assuming about a 5% beer).

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