This one was an experiment and I wanted to have only heat in 1/4 of the batch. This is one of the reasons why I used this method.
I also tried with chilies in the fermenter (see http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f39/urge...e-died-441836/
) but haven t bottled this one yet (maybe tonight).
The alcohol taste is not noticeable, we re talking about 1% of vodka and the chilli and the hops definitely cover the taste of vodka.
The non-spicy one was too citrusy for my taste (even if people liked it) and the spicy one was way more balanced.
Regarding heat, this batch was quite hot, comparable to Stone Punishment. We actually tasted both on the same night and people prefered mine.
I re-used this method on another batch but the habaneros were from another shop and the heat is barely noticeable, just a warm after taste feeling so it will be difficult to ensure the same heat all the time unless I can get very similar chillies all the time.
I tried as well with Bird Eyes but I don t like it as much
I have also some ghost chillies and I am planning to use it in a small batch soon, make sommething really hot