1In large mixing bowl, combine sugar, water, milk, butter, pumpkin, and salt. Mix well.
2Add wheat germ, 7-8 cups of the flour, and yeast. Mix, and then continue adding flour and kneading until dough is elastic and not sticky.
3Place dough in greased bowl; grease top of dough, cover with a towel, and set in a warm place until doubled (about 60-90 minutes).
4Punch dough down and divide into thirds. Divide each third into 16 pieces and shape into balls.
5Place on greased baking sheets, and grease tops. Cover and let rise until almost doubled, about 30 minutes.
6Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes, until tops are golden. Remove to wire racks and cover with a towel. Brush tops with butter if desired, as soon as rolls are removed to the wire racks. Serve warm with butter.