There has been a flurry of Horchata beers on the market lately Belching Beaver, Elevation, Cigar City, The Bruery and even Blue Moon threw their hat in the ring. This horchata everything got me thinking, where’s the Puerto Rican inspired beer? Where’s the mavi, parcha, coquito, pina colada, quenepa or pitorro beers? I haven’t seen any on the shelves, so I’m going to try and fix that and create Puerto Rican inspired beer recipes!
My first attempt is my favorite Puerto Rican drink, no not Pina Colada but Coquito. I put the following coquito beer recipe together that I will try and brew this weekend and test it out. Here’s the idea, a coconut forward beer with nutmeg, cinnamon, milk and rum that’s light in color and low in bitterness. I tried to keep the color down since coquito is white but still as thick as possible with the addition of wheat and oats.
|8 lbs||American 2-Row (3.5 SRM)||Mash||58.2 %|
|3 lbs||White Wheat Malt (2.4 SRM)||Mash||21.8 %|
|1 lbs||Caramel 60L (60 SRM)||Mash||7.3 %|
|1 lbs||Carapils (2 SRM)||Mash||7.3 %|
|.5 lbs||Flaked Oats (1 SRM)||Mash||3.6 %|
|4 oz||Lactose||Boil||1.8 %|
|1.00 oz||Northern Brewer (Boil 60 mins)||Boil||27.3 IBUs|
|1.00 tsp||Nutmeg (Boil 12. mins)||Boil|
|1.00 tsp||Irish Moss (Boil 12 mins)||Boil|
|1||Cinnamon Stick (Boil 12 mins)||Boil|
|2 oz||Vanilla Extract||Secondary|
|42 oz||Toasted Flaked Unsweetened Coconut||Secondary|
|1 cp||Rum Soaked Oak Chips||Secondary|
|Mash temp:||156 for 60 minutes (batch sparge)|
|Fermentation:||1 week Safale US-05
Secondary Fermentation: 2 weeks
Work in Progress
This recipe is a work in progress and after this initial brewing I will update everyone on its success. If you have comments, tweaks or ways you think this recipe can be enhanced, please leave a comment below.