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Gringo Cerveza Jalapeño Cream Ale (Previous Recipes)

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Gringo Cervesa --- Batch 2

Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer
Batch Size
5.50 gal
All Grain
Boil Size
7.00 gal
Brewhouse Efficiency
Boil Time
90 minutes

Recipe Characteristics

Recipe Gravity
1.046 SG
Estimated FG
1.012 SG
Recipe Bitterness
22.9 IBUs (Rager)
Alcohol by Volume
4.4 %

Recipe Color
5.0 SRM

Measured OG:

Measured FG:

Measured ABV:


7 lbs 12.0 ozPale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM)Grain180.0 %
13.0 ozCorn, Popped (1.3 SRM)Grain28.4 %
10.1 ozHoney Malt (25.0 SRM)Grain36.5 %
4.0 ozBiscuit Malt (23.0 SRM)Grain42.6 %
4.0 ozSugar, Table (Sucrose) (1.0 SRM)Sugar52.6 %
0.38 ozColumbus (Tomahawk) [17.00 %] - Boil 50.0 minHop622.9 IBUs
1.0 pkgNotingham Dry Ale YeastYeast7-
6.00 ItemsJalapeno Peppers (Secondary 3.0 days)Flavor8-

Mash Profile

Mash Steps
NameDescriptionStep TemperatureStep Time
Mash InAdd 11.80 qt of water at 168.2 F156.0 F45 min

Batch sparge with 2 steps (1.68gal, 3.50gal) of 168.0 F water Recipe Notes 
Ferment in two Mr. Beer Kegs 4 days. 
Cut up Jalapenos, soak in vodka, put in hop sack(s), and then add to one fermenter.
Leave Jalapenos in the fermentor for 4 days and then remove.
Carb with 4.5oz sugar boiled for 5 minutes in 2 cups water (2.25 for each keg).
Remember to keep batches separate.
Splitting a batch (this time) and only adding Jalapenos to half.

Brewing Record

Brew Date:

Strike Temp:
Mash Temps:
inconsistent but think it was close to 154
Pre-boil OG
1.040 (1.043 SG)
Pre-boil Vol
7.25 (7.00 gal)
Actual Mash Efficiency

Pitch Temp

Day 1: Started early in the day. 62
Day 2: 65 ish
Day 3: 68 ish

Brewing Notes:
03/08/2012 esheppy
Drinking the last of the non-jalapeno beer. I actually think it is pretty good still. There are 3 jalapeno beers left. 
03/28/2012 Brew Day (Sunday) esheppy
Brewed up Sunday. Used a sparge grain bag in the mash just-in-case, popcorn was no problem in the sparge. Blogged about brew day on the Homebrew Academy. Fermentation started cold. By day 3, I just let it go to 68ish. 
03/29/2012 esheppy
Tried some of the previous batch while chopping up the jalapeños for this one. Still a great pepper beer. Then, soaked the new peppers in vodka and star san, then put them in a nylon bag and added them into the fermentor. Took a sample. Tasted real good. Not sure I detect a difference between popcorn and the flaked corn from my previous batch. There is certainly a corn flavor in there though. Gravity is at about 1.006. I don't expect it will get a lot lower. 
03/29/2012 esheppy
Actually 1.007 adjusted for temperature. That puts my ABV at 5.8 which is more than 1% higher than I had planned for. Not really a session beer anymore. Oh well. Also noticed that my bittering addition was supposed to be at 50 minutes and I am pretty sure I added it at 60. 
04/01/2012 esheppy
Have forgotten to check this the past couple days. Today I opened the cooler that the fermentor is in and got a huge whiff of the jalapenos. This worried me a bit, but when I tried a sample in a shot glass, it tasted like the peppers still needed more time on the beer. 
04/03/2012 esheppy
Tried last night and again tonight. Decided to take peppers out tonight. Think it is not as hot as last batch, but has a nice pepper aroma and flavor. Should bottle up this weekend. 
04/08/2012 Bottled esheppy
Bottled up the jalapeño beers and then the non-jalapeño beers. Both got 2.25oz of sugar boiled in a bit less than 2 cups, cooled and added to a keg. I used the beer gun to bottle. I got 25 12oz jalapeño bottles. For the non-jalapeño beer I got 3 12oz, 5 bombers, and 4 liter bottles. NOTE: I did not clean out the keg after bottling the jalapeño beer. I may have a hint of pepper flavor in the first few non-jalapeño beers. Samples tasted great. 
04/09/2012 esheppy
I keep forgetting to mention that I used Notingham Dry Ale Yeast instead of US05 because my LHBS was out of US05. Notingham REALLY flocculates strong. Based on the flavor of this beer, I might have to start using this yeast more. It does seem to attenuate more than I used to too. 
04/26/2012 esheppy
Had my 2nd jalapeno tonight with supper. Yummy. Very carbonated. Lots of thick creamy long lasting head. 
09/28/2012 esheppy
Still drinking these. They still taste fabulous. 

Gringo Cervesa --- Batch 1

Cream Ale
Batch Size
5.00 gal
All Grain
Boil Size   6.84 gal
Mash Efficiency   70.00   Boil Time   90 minutes

Recipe Characteristics

Recipe Gravity
1.046 SG
Estimated FG
1.012 SG
Recipe Bitterness
21.7 IBU (Rager)
Alcohol by Volume
4.39 %
BU : GU   0.476        
Recipe Color
5.5 SRM
Measured OG:    1.046   Measured FG:    1.010
ADF:    78%   Measured ABV:    4.69%


Amount Item Type % or IBU
7 lbs Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM) Grain 80.00 %
12.0 oz Corn, Flaked (1.3 SRM) Grain 8.57 %
8.0 oz Honey Malt (25.0 SRM) Grain 5.71 %
4.0 oz Biscuit Malt (23.0 SRM) Grain 2.86 %
0.50 oz Centennial [10.00 %] (55 min) Hops 21.7 IBU
6.00 items Jalapeno Peppers (Secondary 3.0 days) Misc
4.0 oz Sugar, Table (Sucrose) (1.0 SRM) Sugar 2.86 %
1 Pkgs SafeAle American Ale (Fermentis #US-05) Yeast-Ale

Mash Profile

BIAB, Light Body
Step Time Name Description Step Temp
75 min Mash In Add 23.80 qt of water at 163.6 F 158.0 F

Sparge with 2.16 gal of 168.0 F water.
Recipe Notes
NOTE: Using a BIAB method. Sparge step does not apply, but I don't know how to get Beer Smilth to leave that off.
Carb with 4.5oz sugar boiled for 5 minutes in 2 cups water.
Making a double batch (this time) and only adding Jalapenos to half.  Full batch would have 12 peppers.

Brewing Record

Brew Date:
Strike Temp:   160
Mash Temps:
 160, 158, down to 156 at the very end
Pre-boil OG   1.039 (1.037)   Pre-boil Vol   (7 gal)
Actual Mash Efficiency
Pitch Temp    65
Day 1: Active with good kraussen 66 / 68 , put in some ice for hour.
Day 2: More active.  Up around 70 
Day 3: Slowing down.  Temps down around 66 again.

Brewing Notes: 04/17/2011 Brewing Day esheppy
Well, first BIAB went well. My mash efficiency seems to be on par with the mash tun. I decided to go with a higher mash temp so I increased my strike temp, but I went higher than I wanted. I'm sure it will turn out fine though. I diluted quite a bit at the end. My wort chiller only got me down to about 70, so I stored awhile in coolers to bring it down further. Not bad at all from my first BIAB. 
Active fermentation. Decent kraussen. Getting home from work, put the ice in coolers for awhile. 
Chopped up the 6 Jalapeños, and soaked them in vodka for awhile to sanitize. Put them in a couple of hops sacks and then threw them into Tuke. 
04/23/2011 esheppy
Took a gravity reading from the Jalapeño beer and tasted the sample. Really nice pepper flavor and aroma coming through. A bit of heat, but not too much. I think I would be ok bottling this today, but I'll probably leave it in a couple days. Gravity at around 10 or 11, which puts the ABV at about 4.5%. Perfect. 
Tried another little sample. Seemed about the same pepper flavor. Might be a little more heat. Still good. Decided to take the peppers out. 
04/30/2011 Bottled esheppy
Bottled up the non-pepper and then the pepper. Got 14 12oz bottles; 3 bombers and 2 liter bottles out of the non-pepper. Got 27 12 oz bottles of the Jalapeño. Really like the jalapeño flavor and aroma from the sample. 
Put a few of each in the fridge last night. Might try a couple while watching the Bulls on Wednesday night. 
05/18/2011 esheppy
Had one of each. Very little aroma on the non-pepper beer, but pretty much what I expected for the flavor. Light and refreshing. Nice taste for a lawnmower beer. Think this is a great gateway beer. 
05/18/2011 esheppy
The pepper aroma on the jalapeno beer is just awesome. The pepper flavor come through nicely too. There is some spicy heat, but pretty subtle. Love it. This is exactly what a jalapeno ale should taste like. delete
06/09/2011 esheppy
Had another wonderful jalapeno beer paired with taco salad. Really like the way the pepper compliments the light refreshing cerveza.Nice with the taco salad, too. 
06/21/2011 esheppy
Found an unlabeled botlle in one of the carb coolers, and decided I better drink it. Foamed up quite a bit warm. Still the perfect pepper beer IMHO. 
My father-in-law really seems to like both these beers. 
10/09/2011 esheppy
Still drinking. Still great. 
03/08/2012 esheppy
Drinking the last of the non-jalapeno beer. I actually think it is pretty good still. There are 3 jalapeno beers left. 

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