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Horchata Inspired Ale Recipe

Horchata Flavored Golden Ale
Horchata Flavored Golden Ale
Horchata Flavored Golden Ale


Recipe Type: All Grain
Size: 5 Gallons
Beer Style: Golden Ale. Flavored similar to a Mexican horchata drink.
Target ABV: 5.4%
Target IBUs: 16
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Posted June 14, 2013 by


All Grain HomeBrew Recipe for a Horchata Inspired Ale

Profile: HomeBrew recipe for a Golden Ale spiced similar to Mexican horchata. Brewed with milk sugar and flaked rice. Flavored with vanilla beans and cinnamon sticks. Light-bodied and refreshing.



6 lbs Pale 2-row Malt

3 lbs. Flaked Rice


1 oz Hallertau  5%a, 60 minutes


8 oz. lactose (milk sugar)

6 whole vanilla beans

4 cinnamon sticks

Yeast: White Labs WLP080 Cream Ale or Wyeast 1056 American Ale


Mash all grains for 1 hour at 148 degrees.

Sparge at 170 degrees.

Add lactose once boil begins.

One hour boil with hop regimen above.

At flameout stir in vanilla beans and cinnamon sticks.

Ferment at 65-68 degrees.

Rack to keg or secondary and age for 3 weeks.


    Did you add whole vanilla beans? Or did you cut into pieces and remove the inner portion?


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      We added the whole vanilla beans sliced in half lengthwise, including the inner portion, at the end of the boil.

      For added vanilla flavor, you can also slice two beans lengthwise and soak them in a small dish, just covered with vodka, for one day. Then add entire contents to secondary fermentor for about 10 days, before bottling or legging.



        Sounds good. I’m actually using the same technique (soaking in vodka) for a secondary addition to a chocolate vanilla bean stout.
        For the Horchata recipe, did the vanilla flavor come through pretty well when added at flameout?


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