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Old 12-13-2011, 02:59 PM   #1
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When is the best time to add a pound of coffee to a 5 gallon batch of beer? During the boil or fermentation? Thinking about making a coffee porter.

 
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Old 12-13-2011, 03:10 PM   #2
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Through a randall while serving

Cold press the coffee in a french press, or put your coffee into some cool water and allow to steep in the fridge overnight, and add to secondary.
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Old 12-13-2011, 03:12 PM   #3
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Dump it in the secondary and just wait for it to settle out. Could be a few months.

 
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Old 12-13-2011, 03:16 PM   #4
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Yeah I would think you would want to make espresso in that case to rid the bitterness and add the least amount of unfermented liquid. French press, espresso maker or do what I do, use an aeropress.


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Old 12-13-2011, 03:16 PM   #5
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IMO, the best way is to cold-steep the coffee, and add to secondary to taste. Less bitterness and more flavor.
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Old 12-13-2011, 03:54 PM   #6
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I skip the secondary and add it to taste at bottling. Cold-steep your coffee, then pull a measured amount of beer and add the coffee a bit at a time. When it gets to where you like it, scale up the amount of coffee you need for a batch and use that to disolve your sugar for your priming solution (or just add it to your keg).

 
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Old 12-13-2011, 04:23 PM   #7
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I added mine directly to the boil during the last 5 minutes and the coffee flavor came through in spades. This is because I try to minimize the use of a secondary. I am sure that the methods described using a secondary will work very good as well.
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Old 12-13-2011, 04:24 PM   #8
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Here is an article about cold brewing coffee and adding it to the secondary fermenter:

Cold Brew Coffee for Porters and Stours - Tom Ayers | love2brew.com

 
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Old 12-13-2011, 04:25 PM   #9
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I usually add 2 oz ground coffee at flameout and that is plenty. If not, cold press some and add to secondary.
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When is the best time to add a pound of coffee to a 5 gallon batch of beer? During the boil or fermentation? Thinking about making a coffee porter.
A POUND? Wowsers. 2-3 oz is plenty for a 5 gal batch. A lot of methods work, I added 2 oz coarsely ground in a muslin bag in the keg and tasted it as it infused. Cold press is also a good method.

 
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