Q: What kind of schedule, to avoid hop over-utilization, would you recommend for those of us who prefer to do a full versus partial (2.5gal.) boil for sanitization reasons? A one liner alternative direction in all of your recipe sheets would be great.
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Q: The gravity and ABV listed in the description is different from the instructions PDF. Is this ~4.7% (description) or 5.4% (instructions PDF)?
A: with the current fermentables shipped with the kit the 4.7-4.8% is accurate of the two numbers and the incorrect information will be updated
Q: can you use a small amount of vanilla extract or will that mess up the end product?
A: Sure can! We could recommend putting it into your secondary or adding it right before bottling / kegging.
Q: I ordered this kit a month ago, and just brewed yesterday. For the bundled items, I added a 5 oz of priming sugar. Looking at the items I have, I noticed I have two 5 oz bags of priming sugar. Just to be sure, I should only add one 5 oz packet of priming sugar on bottling day...not both, right?
A: You may have received 2 packs by mistake. A good rule of thumb to use is 1oz of sugar per gallon of beer for priming so 1 pack would be plenty
Q: I,m making the great pumpkin special kit and you sent 1 oz of hops but the recipe calls for .5 ounces .Will it hurt to use the 1 oz of hops?
A: We package them in 1 oz packages, so you can use the 1/2 like the recipe calls or use all of the ounce. It will not hurt, maybe make it a teeny bit hoppier.
Q: Hi... I like to brew in 6 gallon batches... Can I add the additional water to bring it up to 6 gallons? Also, I prefer lower alcohol batches... How much will the added water bring down the ABV? And lastly, can I use carbonation drops instead of the priming sugar? Thanks... Alan
A: I would adjust the entire recipe to account for 6 gallons. Adding water will dilute the recipe, and bring down the abv depending on what your original and final gravity come out to be. You can use drops instead of priming sugar! Refer to the directions on the package.
Q: why do you recommend US-05 yeast but not put it in your yeast options?
A: Sorry about that. The answer to that question was before we did more research and found out that US-04 had a better finished product than the US-05.
Q: What is the difference between this kit and the classic pumpkin brown ale kit?
A: The classic kit comes with 1.2 lbs more of liquid malt bumping up the ABV over 5%, also the classic recipe comes with Cascade hops instead on the Northern Brewer hops that come with the Special kit. Thanks!
Q: I ordered this kit a month ago and just got around to brewing it, was wondering if I should worry about the malt extract going bad? There was a lot of pulpy, stringy stuff floating around in the pot, more than ive ever seen. THought maybe there was actual pumpkin in the grain bag or something else that would do this? I use grain bags so not sure what it is. THanks.
A: the malt extract is being boiled it will be fine you are more then likely seeing the grains that were used for steeping floating around in your pot.
Q: How should the recipe be altered if we were to add real pumpkin to part of the boil?
A: The recipe wouldn't change, you would just be adding an additional adjunct.
Q: I wanted to barrel age a pumpkin beer. Is this a good one to try this with? It would be my first attempt to barrel age a beer.
A: This is a very popular pumpkin ale, we have had great success with this kit. That being said, spices will fall out of suspension over time. So just make sure you realize the longer you let it age in a barrel, the less powerful the pumpkin spice will be.
Q: Is there a way to add real or canned pumpkin to this recipe? If so, what would you recommend?
A: You could add pumpkin to this recipe during the last 15 minutes of the boil if you wanted but it would change the recipe from the original.
Q: Is the clove flavor very pronounced? I am not a fan of clove spice taste, but enjoy a good pumpkin ale.
A: We use pumpkin spice flavoring. I would say the the clove flavor is not overpowering but that is just my opinion, it smells a lot like pumpkin.
Q: For the priming sugar how much is needed for this kit?
A: We recommend using 5 oz of priming sugar with this beer.
Q: Is the priming sugar included in the kit for bottling or is it for the brew pot as a fermentable?
A: The priming sugar that is included is meant for use during bottling.