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Old 10-24-2013, 12:26 AM   #1
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I am new to home brewing, I am about to try my first stout. I enjoy a strong coffee flavored stout. Can someone help me understand my best means to really pack in a presence of coffee? Any input is greatly appreciated.
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Old 10-24-2013, 01:22 AM   #2
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You can cold brew coffee and add it to the secondary but I personally like to use grains that give off strong coffee flavors such as black patent and carafa 2. I use 1/2 a pound of each in my steeping grains for all my stouts.



 
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Old 10-24-2013, 01:29 AM   #3
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timrox1212, Thanks for the input. I will be using an extract. I am entertaining the idea of putting espresso beans into the boil. I am just questioning how long. I was thinking of going with 30 min. to start with and see how it comes out and adjust on the next batch. Although, I am not 100% sure this is the method I will take. This is why I posted this thread to get some input and ideas of different options. Any insight you can provide is greatly appreciated and helpful.

 
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Old 10-24-2013, 01:44 AM   #4
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Do not boil the beans at all!! When you boil coffee beans it releases tannins and will creates bad off flavors. Cold brewing coffee is easy. Take 1 1/2 cup ground coffee and 4 cups water and combine them in a container. Set it in the fridge overnight and then strain through a coffee filter. Rack your beer ontop of this concentrated coffee.

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Old 10-24-2013, 01:46 AM   #5
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timrox1212, Thanks for the input. I will be using an extract. I am entertaining the idea of putting espresso beans into the boil. I am just questioning how long. I was thinking of going with 30 min. to start with and see how it comes out and adjust on the next batch. Although, I am not 100% sure this is the method I will take. This is why I posted this thread to get some input and ideas of different options. Any insight you can provide is greatly appreciated and helpful.
My understanding is to not boil the coffee itself because you will extract Tanins making it really bitter. For pure flavor I've read you are best to cold brew like the previous poster mentioned.

However I have yet to actually brew with coffee myself but have been researching... I'm curious to see what others say.
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Old 10-24-2013, 01:59 AM   #6
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Sounds good. Will this give me a strong coffee flavor? If not, what can I do to get the most out of that flavor?

 
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Old 10-24-2013, 03:15 AM   #7
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Cold brew a big batch of strong concentrate then add to taste at bottling time. I've done this a few times for my coffee brown and the coffee flavor always comes out perfect.
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Old 10-24-2013, 04:45 AM   #8
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Do not boil the beans at all!! When you boil coffee beans it releases tannins and will creates bad off flavors. Cold brewing coffee is easy. Take 1 1/2 cup ground coffee and 4 cups water and combine them in a container. Set it in the fridge overnight and then strain through a coffee filter. Rack your beer ontop of this concentrated coffee.
I was thinking instead of grinding it fine to put it in the chopper then cold brewing. Shouldn't make any difference right?
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I was thinking instead of grinding it fine to put it in the chopper then cold brewing. Shouldn't make any difference right?
Grind the beans up fine(espresso grind) when you cold brew them. Once your done cold brewing(I like to leave mine for 24 hours) filter the coffee off the grounds into another container. From there you can add to taste.
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I can say definitely use a fine grind as you would for espresso. You may want to try and test out the taste. I was thinking of mixing 1/4 oz of coffee with 12 oz of a stout beer. If it was enough taste for me then I would assume I can brew the right amount of coffee and bottle with that. It may not make sense though but so far, it makes sense to me. Someone also suggested getting a commercial bottle of stout, cold brew a cup of coffee, get an eye dropper of sorts and just start with a couple of drops at a time until the coffee flavor is where I wanted it.



 
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