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Old 10-05-2008, 07:06 PM   #1
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Okay, I know there are a lot of threads addressing the addition of coffee to beer. But most (or all) that I can find recommend adding brewed coffee/espresso to the secondary. Has anyone skipped the brewing and just added grounds directly to the secondary? How much and how long? I'd prefer not to dilute the beer. Thanks!

 
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Old 10-05-2008, 07:54 PM   #2
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im going totally on a whim here, but i would say a couple oz in a fine cloth bag for a few days before bottling might work
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Old 10-05-2008, 08:33 PM   #3
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I'll try it if you will.
I'm thinking as much as 4 or 5 oz...but only for a day or so.
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Old 10-05-2008, 09:20 PM   #4
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I'll try it if you will.
I'm thinking as much as 4 or 5 oz...but only for a day or so.
You have a deal! I'll do 6 oz. for 24 hours. Just brewed today so it'll be a few weeks before I can report results.

 
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Old 10-05-2008, 10:13 PM   #5
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are you making buzz beer?
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Old 10-06-2008, 01:46 AM   #6
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For my last coffee stout, I added 4oz of dark roast grounds to the 5 gallon primary after fermentation was complete. I didn't bother putting the grounds in a bag and they sank to the bottom within 3 days, at which time I proceeded to bottle/keg.

The beer had a noticeable coffee aroma (no bitterness) and I plan to use the same technique in the future.

 
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Old 10-06-2008, 01:48 AM   #7
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I'm thinking my coffee addition will be to a pale ale. Everyone..including me...makes coffee stout...I'm gonna make a lighter version.
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Old 10-06-2008, 02:21 AM   #8
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OK, so why can't everyone use freeze dried instant coffee for this coffee flavor in all these beers?

 
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Old 10-06-2008, 02:32 AM   #9
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It probably just doesn't taste as good or fresh.
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Old 10-06-2008, 03:16 AM   #10
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You'll want to use fresh ground of you can. I say this not from beer brewing experience, but coffee brewing experience. When making beer, splurge for the good stuff, it usually won't cost that much more, and will give WAY better results.
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