How to Home Brew a Hot Chili Beer Recipe

Introduction: How to Home Brew a Hot Chili Beer Recipe

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It’s starting to get pretty darn cold out there. So we thought we should share one of our favorite Hot Chili Beer recipes to help heat things up.

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

Here are the ingredients you'll need to brew this hot chili beer.

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.

Step 2: Home Brew Hot Chili Beer Procedure


Steep the Crystal Malt in a boiling pot of water until the boil is about to start.

Then remove the pot from the heat and add the malt extract, honey, and hops. Boil for one hour. Pasteurize the chili peppers by adding them to very hot water in a pot or saucepan.

If you don’t want your beer to have a smoky flavor, skin the chili peppers ahead of time.

Add the wort and chili peppers to cold water in a fermenter to bring the total volume up to 5 gallons.

Then let the wort cool to 70 degrees F, pitch your yeast and let ferment for a week.

Bottle or keg when fermentation is finished.

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    2 Discussions


    4 years ago

    Have you ever used Jalapenos?


    6 years ago on Introduction

    I have done this before! I used to love drinking Cave Creek Chili Beer and then it suddenly disappeared off the shelves of the local store. You are right on adding the chilis when pitching the yeast. My recipe is almost exactly like yours with exception to the honey, I used sugar. During bottling I added a slice of chili to each bottle which I think only added to the novelty of it without donating much to the heat. My chili beer came out with a big punch of heat! I used Serrano chilis.