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Brewing things a bit spicier

Posted by Insanity , 05 December 2012 · 376 views

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Today I brewed a batch of a beer with which I won 1st place in a competition.  The base beer is an IPA or a Strong Pale, as it is not as forward in the hops as many people expect an IPA to be.  This because I added some habanero peppers to it and I wished those to be able to come through in the flavor and not be overwhelmed by the hop bitterness.  There is also some paradise seeds and rosehips added.  While the hop aroma is a bit lower, there is a citrus note, and there is nothing to indicate peppers.  The heat does not becomes noticeable until the finish, and is not very intense, many people say it pleasant in fact.  Lingers long enough for the next sip.

Grains
Briess 2-Row Brewers malt 86%
Briess Caramel 40L malt 8%
Briess Vienna malt 2%
Weyermann Smoked malt 4%

Hops per 5 gallons
13.7 HBU of Nugget pellet for 60 mins
31.5 HBU of Centennial pellet for 10 mins
dry hopped with 3 HBU Cascade and 5 HBU Centennial

Spices & Others per 5 gallons (all last 10 minutes of boil)
0.25 tsp of crushed paradise seeds (Aframomum melegueta)
0.6 oz rosehips
1 habanero pepper

Mash the grains at 155F for an hour, 1.25 qt/lb of water.
Add hops and spices at correct times.
Add 1 habanero pepper per 5 gallons into fermentor (pureed will reduce secondary time)

75 minute boil
Expected SG: 1.057
Actual SG: 1.055
Expected FG: 1.010
Expected ABV: 6.0%
IBU: ~45




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