One of the biggest ongoing debates in the world of home brewers when it comes to chili beers is when you should add the chili peppers to your beer. Some suggest that you add chili peppers directly to the boil, but chilis added this early might not impart the desired amount of flavor to your beer. Others will advise you to add peppers as though you were “dry spicing” your beer either in your secondary fermenter, or even directly to your keg or bottles. Everyone has their own personal preferences, but we recommend adding any peppers to your beer when you pitch your yeast for a good balance of flavors.
To get started, you'll need the equipment from a basic Home Brewing Beer Kit which you can get for $39.95.
Give the recipe below a try and let us know how it turns out!
Step 1: Home Brew Hot Chili Beer Ingredients
Category: Spiced Beer
Recipe Type: Extract
* 1/2 lb Crystal Malt
* 1 Can of Light Malt Extract Syrup 3.3 lb
* 1 Can Amber Malt Extract Syrup 3.3 lb
* 2.5 lb Honey
* 2 oz Cascade Hops (5.5 AAU)
* Approx. 1 lb Roasted Green Chili Peppers
You should be able to acquire all of these ingredients for less than $20 at a home brewing supply store.
You can switch out the honey for more malt extract if you want a beer with a higher gravity, and you can substitute green chili peppers for any other sort of pepper.