I am always happy with Northern Brewers products, so I’m really excited to brew my first pumpkin ale. I have some thoughts on it and I would like your feedback if possible.
I want to do the all-grain, but I don’t think I have enought time to invest into roasting the pumpkin (even though I would really like to). If I can’t do this, can I just use the pumpkin in a can and add it to the mash rather than going through the whole pumpkin roasting process?
I noticed a lot of people talking about adding the whole spice (not ground spices), such as a whole cinnamon stick, vanilla bean, nutmeg, clove, etc… and that it should be soaked in vodka? is this to bring out the spice flavor?
In addition to the pumpkin added during mash, I think I am going to add 2 cans of Libbys pumpkin at 5 minutes left in the boil to give it a little more pumpkin kick, then add spices at flame out, then at spices (if needed) in secondary.
Any thoughts? Does anyone swear by their own Pumpkin ale recipe?