(Spicy IPA Pickles)
2 Pounds Small Cucumbers
1 1/2 Cups Apple Cider Vinegar
1 Can Sea Hag IPA (or any good IPA)
2 Tablespoons Pickling Salt OR
3 Tablespoons Kosher Salt
8 Garlic Cloves, Peeled
4 Teaspoons Dill Seed
2 Teaspoons Black Peppercorns
1 Teaspoon Red Chili Flakes
Cut off the ends of cucumbers. This is important because there are enzymes in the ends that will soften the pickles . . . i.e. less crispy.
Cut the cucumbers into quarters, make sure they’re short enough to fit in quart mason jars without sticking up too high. Pack the cucumbers into the jars
Split the rest of the ingredients between the two jars.
Combine the vinegar, beer, and salt together in a saucepan, heat until just boiled. Be careful because it will boil over.
Using a ladle, pour the hot liquid over the cucumbers leaving about a 1/4 inch of headspace.
Screw the lid tops on and allow the jars to cool on the countertop.
Shake the jars gently to mix the spices around. Put them in the fridge and allow the pickles to absorb all the wonderful spices.
After about a week open the jar, take a bite and be completely impressed with your awesome pickling skills!
PS . . . I use New England Brewery Sea Hag cuz it's a rockin' good beer that make seriously rockin' good pickles!