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#935942 My first fermented hot sauce

Posted by griff87 on 12 January 2014 - 12:13 PM

Yeah, I understand Jesse. It was one of my thoughts as well. When I was debating this, I was thinking of having another blow off set up ready to go and pulling an Indiana Jones. Being this if my first try, I'm was unsure which would be the bigger risk to an "infection". 

#935546 My first fermented hot sauce

Posted by griff87 on 11 January 2014 - 04:30 PM

Yes. Un cap it. Cover it. Clean the airlock. Putnit back on. Probably be just fine. 

A blow off hose would probably be safer, but it may have eaten it's sugar and you'll safe now.

In the future don't go past the bottle shoulder, especially with a rich mix.

What's the aroma like?


Well I went with the blow off hose for now. Did that Thursday night. As for the aroma, I'm not sure how to describe it. Never smelled anything like it. Sweet yet funky? Maybe you guys can maybe describe a little what it should smell like.

Here is the set up currently with the rigged blow off tube as of today. 




It definitely pushed more of the brine into it. Well I think all of it now after about 2-3 days. There is nothing covering the top of the mash.




I'm not sure if this is a good thing or not. I haven't opened it to expose it to the air. Do I need to add some brine? What do you guys advise? 

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Posted by griff87 on 09 January 2014 - 08:04 PM

Received my order today. Can't wait to try all the new varieties!

#934617 My first fermented hot sauce

Posted by griff87 on 09 January 2014 - 08:02 PM

Today I came home to a surprise. The brine got pushed up into the air lock.



SL, I did as you suggested and wiggled it. I help a little bit and got the brine to drop below the stopper. It looks to me that the mash itself stayed below the brine surface and just displaced it. should I be worried that the airlock isn't just water anymore? Should I change the airlock out? I'm thinking of probably adding some tubing to the top to create a makeshift blowoff.


What does everyone think?

#932503 My first fermented hot sauce

Posted by griff87 on 05 January 2014 - 01:39 PM

Well after a quick look it seems that quite a few people have garlic in theirs. It could be a % thing where a little is ok. 

#932476 My first fermented hot sauce

Posted by griff87 on 05 January 2014 - 12:48 PM

After reading a bit on here I decided to give it a shot at making a fermented hot sauce yesterday. Since I have a few beer growlers I decided to use one of the to do it in and have an air lock on top. I figured I would have better success doing this that the loose lid method on a mason jar. Plus I already had everything for it since I brew beer and wouldn't have to modify a jar lid for the air lock.


I went with using a whey starter from some yogurt to give me the jump start and some frozen pods I had in the freezer. 


My ingredients (approximate measurements)

1 qt bag moruga scorpions (~1 cup)

1 qt bag fatalii's (~ 1cup)

1 small onion

5 cloves of garlic

~ 5 cups carrots

1/2 cup whey from yogurt 


I don't have any pics of the process. I guess I was to focused on the task at hand and trying to keep everything sterile. But I basically mixed all the ingredients with the some 3.6% brine to help chop up in the blender (did this in two steps since the blender can't hold it all at once). Then mixed it all up in a bowl with the whey and into the growler it went. Topped it off with some more brine.




It was interesting that when I topped it off with the brine it took the color of the mixture a bit. Not sure if that is an issue. We will see how it goes!



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Posted by griff87 on 12 December 2013 - 09:10 PM

SL, I was looking over the container and noticed the special ingredient. It was the final twist of the arm and had to open it! So cool

#906556 Resource: Inexpensive Fabric Pots

Posted by griff87 on 31 October 2013 - 05:11 PM

I have found them pretty cheap at AM Leonard. You have to buy them in the bundles but they factor out to about $0.32 a pot starting for the 1 gal all the way up to 5.95 for a 25 gal. Price also drops a little if you buy 3+ bundles.



#892204 Hello from New York!

Posted by griff87 on 28 September 2013 - 07:49 AM

:welcome:  from a fellow western new yorker!

#885950 jelly-time

Posted by griff87 on 15 September 2013 - 07:50 AM

Go with the mango jelly. I had gotten some from Jedisushi last year that he made with yellow BS. It was great. I have also made strawberry with choc habs and peach with yellow scorps myself. Strawberry is the favorite around here. I can't keep it on the shelf!

#836031 Fluffy Bunny DONE!

Posted by griff87 on 09 June 2013 - 10:44 AM

This is gonna be my first collectable hot sauce! I think it will be a great conversational piece. 

#800620 Anyone happen to have HOPS for trade/SASBE?

Posted by griff87 on 25 March 2013 - 04:35 PM

I have cascade. They are mostly a finishing hop and are very citrusy. It might be about a month before I can take rhizome cuttings depending on how the weather goes. I would be willing to trade for seeds. PM if interested.

#770198 stc3248, 2013 Grow log, Season's Greetings and Season's End

Posted by griff87 on 27 January 2013 - 10:35 AM

Nice Shane! Liking the little bro, big bro theme. Funny how things worked out. Hope you get more of your varieties to get started!

#770183 Griff87's grow log '13.

Posted by griff87 on 27 January 2013 - 10:05 AM

Decided to get things started for the upcoming year this week. So I sowed a bunch on seeds earlier this week into rapid rooter plugs. I have had a few of them sprout already unlike last year they had taken forever to germ hence starting a little earlier. I will post a few pics later when I get the chance to snap a few.

So here's what I have planned for this year.

red brainstrain
TS red
TS yellow
TS butch t
bhut jolokia red
bhut jolokia yellow
bhut jolokia chocolate
chocolate hab
choc hab x ??costa rican sweet??
trinidad perfume

New Starts:
choc. scotch bonnet
jamaican yellow scotch bonnet
black pearl
maui purple
sweet tangerine dream
trinidad seasoning
aji yellow
aji chombo
aji pineapple
aji dulce
peru 499388
white bullet hab
giant white hab
red manzano
orange manzano
7 pot primo
7 pot burgandy
7 pot douglah
bangladesh naga morich
peach bhut jolokia
biker billy jalalpeno
mucho nacho jalapeno
mako kokoo
mako akokosrade
choc moruga scorp #1
choc moruga scorp #2
carolina reaper
long slim cayenne
wild brazil
wiri wiri
pequin chiapas
african birdseye
sonoran chiltepin
numex big jim
yellow datil
red devils tongue
fish pepper
aribibi gusano
beni highlands
amigo diablo

I probably went a little overboard but it's hard not to when you have over 150 varieties to pick from! :rofl: Plus I have a friend thats gonna help with a few.

#770144 seed trade CLOSED

Posted by griff87 on 27 January 2013 - 08:13 AM

Gonna be growing these for the first time this year as well so I have a few GWH that I could spare.