I just brewed a jalapeno ipa and am stumped as to why the abv is so low.
The OG was 1.037. During the primary, the activity was very intense... like more bubbles than most other beers I've brewed. It kept up for about 5 days, then slowed, and I racked it after 10 days. When I took the next gravity reading it was only 1.028. I threw some corn sugar in there to hopefully kick off more fermentation. I just took another reading after waiting 5 more days and the gravity hasn't changed.
The temp has remained pretty steady at 68-72.
So, my real question is: Is it possible for the yeast to feed like crazy but produce no alcohol?
Here's the recipe:
- 2lb 2-row
- 7lb light malt
- 2oz columbia hops 2oz citra hops
- American ale II yeast
- Jalapenos in boil and a few at end