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Old 02-08-2011, 01:48 AM   #1
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Default Adding coffee beans to primary, anyone have experience?

I just brewed a stout and would like to add some coffee. The recipe i started with says to add 4oz of coarsely ground coffee beans to secondary. I'm wondering if anyone has experience adding the ground beans directly to the primary after fermentation is completed. I really don't want to secondary if I don't have to.

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Old 02-08-2011, 01:57 AM   #2
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I just did this. I added to primary. But I racked to secondary after 7 days on the beans. I wanted to minimize the amount of coffee grounds that makes it into the bottles. YMMV.
Can't wait to taste it, couple more weeks.

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You can always bag the beans in a hop or muslin bag. If you're really paranoid about bits of beans in your bottles, move it to the secondary for a few days to move the particles out of suspension.

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Old 02-08-2011, 04:49 AM   #4
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Thanks. I think I'll be able to rack above them. I'm hoping they sink to the bottom and become one with the trub.

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I just did this too. I added them to secondary for a week. A little bit of coffee stayed on top but most of it sank.

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Is it ok to use a blender on the beans? I don't have a grinder.

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Old 02-08-2011, 04:58 PM   #7
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just made a porter adding coffee and kahula. steeped the coffee for 5 days in the fridge. then ran coffee through a filter, added 2 cups of coffee and 2 cups of kahula to the primary. just moved to a secondary the other day. took a little taste - think its going to be great!

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is there any risk of infection if you dont sanitize?

is there a diagram that shows how much for a little taste and how much for a lot of taste. I am not sure how much to use.

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If I'm not mistaken coffee beans directly in the primary can extract the oils from the beans killing your head retention. One of my friends reported a thin layer of oil when she attempted to dry hop with whole coffee beans.

Cold brewing a coffee will extract more flavor and less oils/bitterness, leading to a fuller coffee flavor to mix with your brew. I plan on cold brewing a 1/2 gallon of zimbabwean beans into my porter. I'll report how it comes out.

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If I'm not mistaken coffee beans directly in the primary can extract the oils from the beans killing your head retention.

Cold brewing a coffee will extract more flavor and less oils/bitterness, leading to a fuller coffee flavor to mix with your brew. I plan on cold brewing a 1/2 gallon of zimbabwean beans into my porter. I'll report how it comes out.
+1 for cold brew advice.

I used a french press, very coarsely ground beans and ice water. Works pretty well. This is pretty similar to the process that Schlafly uses for their coffee stout.
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