Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Jalapeno Update

Quick update - last Thursday I transferred the jalapeno to secondary (I tend to find secondary fermenting helps settling out for better clarity in extract brews - less so in my all grain batches).

Before I did, I cut up two more jalapenos and threw them on a piece of aluminum foil on the grill on high heat.  After about 10 minutes, it had a nice black char on some of the skin and the jalapenos had gone soft, so I dropped them into the secondary along with the transferred beer.

Next up - a brown ale brew tomorrow and bottling the jalapeno towards the middle of labor day week (possibly Tuesday).

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Batch TEST - 10G Texas Firewater Hand-Picked Jalapeno Pale Ale

I am  live Tweeting this brew day over at Twitter.  Come follow along for fun.

Recipe Specifications
Brew Date: 8/18/2011
Recipe Batch Size: 11.00 gal
Recipe Boil Size: 13.50 gal
Estimated Pre-boil OG: 1.037
Estimated OG: 1.044 SG
Estimated Color: 9.7 SRM
Estimated IBU: 47.8 IBU
Brewhouse Efficiency: - %
Boil Time: 60 Minutes

Actual OG: 1.059 SG
Actual FG: 1.010 SG
Actual ABV: 6.39 %
Water Additions
Prepare 11.50 gal Water for Brewing
Amount Item Type
0.98 gm Baking Soda (Mash 60.0 min) Misc
0.98 gm Calcium Chloride (Mash 60.0 min) Misc
5.15 gm Epsom Salt (MgSO4) (Mash 60.0 min) Misc
9.57 gm Chalk (Mash 60.0 min) Misc
11.50 gal Munich, Germany - Jalapeno Modified Water
(Liquid Extract Adds Lots of Volume)

Grain Bill
Steep Grains at 165.0 F
Amount Item Type % or IBU
1.00 lb Cara-Pils/Dextrine (2.0 SRM) Grain 6.58 %
1.00 lb Caramel/Crystal Malt - 60L (60.0 SRM) Grain 6.58 %
Hop Schedule/Boil Additions
Boil Ingredients
Boil Amount Item Type
60 min 13.20 lb Pale Liquid Extract (8.0 SRM) Extract
60 min 2.00 oz Chinook [11.00 %] (60 min) Hops
60 min 2.00 items Jalapeno Pepper, Raw (Boil 60.0 min) Misc
15 min 2.00 oz Cascade [5.00 %] (15 min) Hops
5 min 2.00 oz Cascade [5.00 %] (5 min) Hops
0 min 4.00 items Hop Sock (Boil 0.0 min) Misc

Ingredients for Fermentation
Amount Item Type % or IBU
4 Pkgs Safale US (LeSaffre #05) Yeast-Ale
Mash Schedule: None
Total Grain Weight: 10.00 lb
Steep grains as desired (30-60 minutes)

Secondary Additions
When transferring to the secondary after a week (if you do such things), or just after a week (if you don't), grill 2 jalapenos on aluminum foil until they collapse and are gooey. Add one to each secondary.

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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Upcoming Brew Schedule

Just a placeholder for some planning for brew days (red means I did not do that batch as planned):

August 2011 - Jalapeno Pale Ale (10G batch experiment)
September 2011 - Brown Ale (Standard 10G Batch)
October 2011 - Christmas Ale (10G batch experiment)
November 2011 - Stout (10G batch experiment)
December 2011 - Wye Heavye (5G "final" experiment before this goes standard)

January 2012 - Irish Red (5G or 10G experiment)
Feb/Mar 2012 - IPA (Standard 5G Batch)
Apr/May/June/July 2012 - Belgian Dubbel (5G experiment - untested category)
Apr/May 2012 - Brown Ale (Standard 10G Batch)
June/July 2012 - Jalapeno Pale Ale (hopefully should be 10G standard by then)
Aug/Sept 2012 - APA (Standard 10G Batch)
October 2012 - Christmas Ale (may still be 10G batch experiment)
November 2012 - Stout(should be 10G standard by then)
December 2012 - Wee Heavy(should be 5G standard by then)