Jalapeño Business Pale Ale

I had a really tasty beer with Serrano peppers from Headflyer Brewing, it was crisp, fruity, and full of pepper flavor and aroma with very little to no heat.  They describe it as “a combination of light heat from Serrano peppers paired with the citrus backdrop of pineapple” and it was bangin! This reminded me of some habanero peppers I put in vodka to make a tincture a while ago. When using peppers, a lot of people suggest using tinctures so you can start with a little and adjust the flavor\heat. I’ve also heard of using peppers in the boil to get deeper flavor. After some research on how to go about using the peppers, I wanted something easy drinking with nice pepper flavor so I settled on a Jalapeno Pale Ale.

To get the pepper flavor I wanted, I used them in the boil and also made a tincture to dose at kegging. For the boil peppers, I split and roasted them in the oven for about 20 minutes and threw them in the for last 15 minutes of the boil (1 deseeded). I ended up using all of the tincture at kegging to get maximum pepper flavor. Halfway through the keg I threw in a chopped jalapeno I froze in case I needed more. It added some nice spice and fresh pepper flavor. I wanted to use fruity hops, since it paired well in the beer that inspired this recipe so I used El Dorado and Citra hops. I’m quite pleased how this beer came out and it’s all gone as I write this. Check the recipe.

Jalapeño Business Pale Ale

Batch Size Boil Time IBU SRM Est. OG Est. FG ABV
3 gal 60 min  35.15 IBUs 7.32 SRM 1.047 1.010 5.17 %


Name Amount %
Pale Ale Malt 4 lbs 72.7
Red Wheat 1 lbs 18.2
Crystal 40L .3 lbs 5.5
Golden Naked Oats .2 lbs 3.6


Name Amount Time Use Form Alpha %
El Dorado 3 g 60 min Boil pellet 14.4
El Dorado .5 oz 8 min Boil pellet 14.4
Citra .5 oz 5 min Boil pellet 13.1
El Dorado .5 oz 3 days Dry hop pellet 14.4
Citra .5 oz 3 days Dry hop pellet 13.1
Split jalapeños (1 deseeded) before roasting.


Name Amount Time Use Form
Jalapeño peppers 2 each 15 min Boil Spice
Jalapeno tincture ~1.5 oz 0 days Keg Spice


Name Lab Attenuation Temperature
American Ale Yeast US-05 Fermentis/Safale 74-76% 64°F-82°F


Step Temperature Time
Mash 150°F 60 min

jalapeños in the boil


Calcium Magnesium Sodium Chloride Sulfate
129 2 12 109 151


Step Time Temperature
Primary  10 days Ambient (~68)


Brewed: 4/4/19 | OG: 1.046 | FG: 1.008 | ABV: 5%

Water: Minneapolis tap water,  campden added, 2.5 g gypsum, 2 g calcium chloride

70% efficiency| Mash ph: 5.1 (adjusted) | whirfloc/yeast nutrient @15

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