Stinky Pumpkin Ale

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Stinky Pumpkin Ale

Postby hipa » Mon Oct 17, 2005 10:18 am

I just racked my pumpkin ale into the secondary after 7 days, it had large dots (must be pumpkin pieces) along the sides at the top. It also had a bit of an off aroma.

I have never brewed with pumpkin so I am not sure if the aroma is related to that or not.

The temperature in the basement went up a bit because of the furnace, but it is still under 70 degrees.

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Pumpkin reekin'

Postby Mesa Maltworks » Mon Oct 17, 2005 8:35 pm

Pumpkin (or any squash for that matter) when used in brewing beer can kick off some odd aromas. Think back to what pumpkin smells like when heated by a candle at Halloween... sorta rank! I wouldn't worry too much, just let it go terminal. If you are going to force carbonate it, you have an advantage in that you can volatilize some of the pumpkin aromatics. If not, let it condition for at least 3 weeks and it should smooth out.
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Re: Pumpkin reekin'

Postby hipa » Tue Oct 18, 2005 10:29 am

Mesa Maltworks wrote: If you are going to force carbonate it, you have an advantage in that you can volatilize some of the pumpkin aromatics. If not, let it condition for at least 3 weeks and it should smooth out.


Thanks. I feel a lot better now. I guess it won't be ready for halloween, but just in time for Thanksgiving.
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