Beer Batch 4: Jalapeno Saison

Last night I brewed a 1 gallon batch of Brooklyn Brew Shop’s Jalapeno Saison (mild).  The recipe is pretty simple:

2.2 lbs Belgian Pilsner Malt

0.2 lbs Caramel Crystal 20 Malt

mash for 60 minutes  in 2 1/2 quarts of water at 144-152 degrees.


sparge with 1 gallon of water.

bring to boil, add

0.1 ounce Pacific Jade Hops (My LHBS didn’t know what this was, so I used Styrian Golding instead)

after 30 minutes, add 0.08 ounce Spaltz hops

after another 20 minutes (50 minutes total) add 1 diced & seeded (seeds removed) jalapeno pepper

after 5 more minutes (55 minutes total) add another 0.08 ounce Spaltz hops, boil for 5 more minutes – 60 minutes total.

yeast:  SabrewT-58

So I plugged everything into Hopville, and it gave me an OG of 1.069.   My OG, however, came to 1.052, so I was pretty far off there.  58% efficiency according to Hopville, vs 69% for the Grapefruit Honey Ale I made previously.   I’m not exactly sure what went wrong – I mashed in a pot on the stove (heat off, obviously) this time, which was a first, and I also opened the mash tun and stirred it every 15 minutes  – also a first.   The temp seemed ok, but maybe I was a few degrees light.  It was right around 150.  So, whatever – looks like this one will be a little bit light on the alcohol.

I also bottled my Grapefruit Honey Ale yesterday.   The final gravity came to 1.01, which gave me an ABV of 5.6%, vs. Brooklyn Brew Shop’s 5.5% target, so that was good.   I managed to squeeze 9 bottles out of my 1 gallon batch, which wasn’t horrendous considering the unfortunate siphon accident I had while trying to handle this project solo.

Today I’m brewing another project – a 2 gallon batch of Moose Drool Clone, which will ferment in a new 3 gallon glass carboy that I picked up yesterday.  Details to follow…


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