Last Updated: October 24, 2022

Batch 22 Hot Sauce – Entry 4

By Published On: September 28th, 20221.5 min readCategories: Projects

Last Updated: October 24, 2022

a jar of cayenne peppers

Batch 22 is off to a good start. The 1 gallon fermenter is now topped off.

Author’s Note: Every year since 2001, I’ve made a slow fermented hot sauce from a Cayenne/Thai-cross hot pepper we grow here. The hot sauce takes around six months to finish and, like wine and other fermented foods, each vintage is a little different from the other. Sometimes it’s good and sometimes it’s bad, so I write these notes to track the progress in the hope I produce more good than bad.

As hoped, the smaller addition of fresh peppers in entry #3 slowed Batch 22’s ferment enough that I didn’t have to worry about it erupting out of the jar (very messy and smelly) before it finished its first month.

4th pepper addition to Batch 22

I let the young hot sauce go for an extra week before adding an additional eight ounces of fresh peppers this past weekend. The one gallon jar I do the early fermenting in is now full, so I’m going to let this one run another week or so before I pitch it to the five gallon fermenter and start adding a full pound of fresh peppers to the mix every couple of weeks.

The peppers in the garden are still going strong, so I think I should be able to keep adding to the batch until November and fill the fermenter completely. At that point the weather should have cooled enough that I can add some toasted oak staves to the mix and move it off to a cool, dark corner to age and rest until February or March of next year.

Batch 22 Timeline

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Sage Osterfeld
I’m just a guy with nearly an acre of dirt, a nice little mid-century ranch house and a near-perfect climate. But in my mind I’m a landscaper survivalist craftsman chef naturalist with a barbeque the size of a VW and my own cable TV show. I like to write about the stuff I build, grow and see here at Sage's Acre.

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