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Old 12-13-2010, 07:44 PM   #1
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Default When to add espresso?

Im doing an espresso oak aged yeti. I bought the Yeti kit from AHS and bought american oak chips with it, i also want to add a hint of espresso. Do i just throw a few shots of espresso in? I wouldnt toss grains or cracked beans into the boil kettle im sure, right? Maybe in the mash? Im thinking maybe 3 shots into the boil kettle at flame out. No experience doing this at all.

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Old 12-14-2010, 12:45 AM   #2
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I've used coffee in the boil and secondary with good results. 2-3oz crushed of a nice potent coffee will give you a good flavor if you're using it at flameout.

If I add it to secondary, I like to cold brew the coffee overnight and add about a cup depending on how strong I want it. I would think a few shots of espresso would be sufficient though.

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Old 12-15-2010, 03:24 PM   #3
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nice, thank you!

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Beau815 - have you brewed yet? I just did an Espresso Stout (click my link in sig, its the 2nd to last beer in 2010).

I talked to my local brewpub brewer to get advice. I added 2 oz of Turkish grind (extremely fine) at flameout, and let that steep for 15 min before starting cooling. (add straight to kettle, no bags or anything)

The smell was divine. Roasty, toasty and coffee-y. The brewpub brewer also said if the coffee flavor isn't enough, you can add ~1oz to the secondary or better yet the serving keg. (this time in a mesh bag)

Use the premium coffee. I used Jittery Joe's (a micro-roaster in town, same that Terrapin uses for its Wake-n-Bake). The beans were roasted that day!

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Old 12-22-2010, 03:32 PM   #5
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Sounds awesome! I actually just brewed yesterday, calling it my Winter Solstice Imperial Oak Aged Espresso Stout. Man it smelled and tasted so good and fermenter is already bubbling.

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Oh forgot to add that I threw 3 shots in at 5 min to flame out... ill let you know how it turns out when all done

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There are many ways to skin this cat. Personally my preferred way is to add about 2oz of course grinds in a hop bag in the keg for about an hour. That does the trick.

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Old 12-24-2010, 07:34 PM   #8
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I have 2 cornies but waiting on getting a kegerator so I still bottle. That would be sweet to have some kind of contraption to add to bottles... a little strainer ball with a tiny bourbon oak chip and grounds.

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