The second In-law Elixir, #Azacca was made as a SMASH to try out some free hops received from renewing my American Homebrewers Association membership. (Thanks for the Azacca and Jarrylo, AHA!)

In-law Elixir #Azacca Recipe

Recipe Details

Batch Size Boil Time IBU SRM Est. OG Est. FG ABV
5.5 gal 60 min 40.1 IBUs 5.9 SRM 1.056 1.013 5.7 %


Name Amount %
Pale Malt (Rahr) 12 lbs 96
Cara-Pils/Dextrine 8 oz 4


Name Amount Time Use Form Alpha %
Azacca 0.75 oz 60 min First Wort Pellet 10.3
Azacca 0.75 oz 17 min Boil Pellet 10.3
Azacca 0.5 oz 0 min Aroma Pellet 10.3
Azacca 2 oz 7 days Dry Hop Pellet 10.3


Name Amount Time Use Type
Whirlfloc Tablet 1.10 Items 15 min Boil Fining


Name Lab Attenuation Temperature
California Ale (WLP001) White Labs 77% 68°F - 73°F


Step Temperature Time
Mash In 153°F 60 min
Pre-vorlauf Infusion 165°F 5 min


Step Time Temperature
Primary 10 days 68°F
Secondary 7 days 70°F
Tertiary 5 days 32°F
Aging 7 days 45°F


Measure 7 gallons in kettle first (use 5 gallon bucket to make it easy)


Use formula here for mash/sparge volumes:

Try to get equal portions from mash and sparge so 3.5 gallons from each. BUT want to maintain 1.5 grain/water ratio during mash so: Mash with 3.75gal/ (the .25 is mash tun deadspace), then add 1.25 gallons at end of mash and before vorlaufing. (approx 1.25 gallons absorbed into wort.) With that, should collect 3.5 from mash. (Drain mash into ale pail so I can measure the volume captured and note the grain absorption.)Then sparge with 3.5 gallons water. that should collect 7 gallons total.


Efficiency high: about 83%. post boil gravity about 16 brix/1.065. put 4.75 gallons in fermenter along with .5 gallons purified drinking water to bring down to desired 1.059 (and .25 gallon/.9 liter yeast starter made 5.5)

1 day at 35* & 20 psi
4 days at 45* & 15 psi

first taste on day 4 in keg. Not fully carbed yet. Still "green"... harsh, extra bitter. Very clear, though there were some 'floaters' in first two pints pulled.

Delicous after 2 weeks. Much less harsh.

Bottled 12 for Nathan Waites, 6 for competition, 1 for self/test, and 1 bomber for cousin Joey on Oct 20.

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Honorable Mention - American Beers

2015 Holiday Fiesta
Albuquerque, NM