Hey guys! So I made the switch to AG last year, and on my last brew used my own grain mill for the first time. As I've had happen any time I switch equipment, my numbers were a bit off. I made the smashing pumpkin ale extract kit last year and while it tasted like a decent beer, it tasted nothing like a pumpkin ale.
So this year I opted for AG and used real pumpkin plus more spices, but my OG was supposed to be about 1.054 and ended up about 1.040. Being the first time I used my grain mill I'm not sure if my crush was a little too thick or if it was caused by the stuck sparge I got from the pumpkin goop....or both.
I read a review for the Smashing Pumpkin Ale where a guy used an entire bottle of Pinnacle Whipped vodka at bottling, and thought this might help me out with a possible flavor and alcohol boost since I'm looking at about 4% alcohol at this point if even that.
If I go this route what are some things I might not be aware of that I should be? I keg vs bottling- would I just dump all 750ml in at kegging and call it a day? Any thoughts?