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Maple Pumpkin Ale (For Beginning Homebrewers)

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This recipe is designed for beginning homebrewers. It can be brewed by anyone with the basic equipment setup and a pot large enough to boil 6 gallons.

I've adjusted this recipe to produce 4.5 gallons instead of the usual 5 gallon batch. The fermentation of this beer tends to be more active than most, and the pumpkin makes it a little sticky. A 4.5 gallon batch will ensure that your fermentation vessel won't overflow during the first few days of fermentation. When you bottle, remember to reduce the amount of priming sugar to account for the smaller batch, or your beer may end up overcarbonated.

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