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Curious, has anyone tried this with any other yeast? I have a couple of packs of red star cuvee on the shelf that need used and was thinking this might be a good use
 

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Decided to just try it, I'll post back how the cuvee handles this later on
 

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Bottled this one today and I'm trying the last half a mug with a little cream and sugar. Tastes just like morning coffee with a lot of kick ur ass added in..... potent stuff but delicious
 

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Hey everyone, new to the forums, pretty new to brewing. I saw this recipe in a book and had to look up some reviews.

Question... it seems like the recipe is coffee for flavor, sugar for booze. Aside from the fun of doing it, what are the advantages of brewing this instead of putting vodka in some cold brew?

Thanks!
 
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Hey everyone, new to the forums, pretty new to brewing. I saw this recipe in a book and had to look up some reviews.

Question... it seems like the recipe is coffee for flavor, sugar for booze. Aside from the fun of doing it, what are the advantages of brewing this instead of putting vodka in some cold brew?

Thanks!
The fermentation alters the flavor of the coffee. Both the fact that it has fermented at all, and what yeast strain you use impacts the final product. That isn't obvious when it's young, but there is a depth to the flavor you just don't get with vodka+cold brew coffee. A kind of, elusive richness that is hard to describe.
 

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I've had this in a primary 1 gal carboy for about 6 weeks. It has a bit of an ammonia smell and tastes a little off but not terrible. It's dried out completely, right at 12%. Is the off smell and taste just because it's young? Or is there something else wrong? It's drinkable, especially if it's sweetened and made into a hard drink with cream and sugar. I read that 6 months was mature and wonder if this is just a step in the process.
 

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If I was going to make 1 gal coffee mead with a touch of vanilla, how much honey do you think would take the place of the sugar in these recipes? I made some chocolate mead using 2kg of honey in increments 1.5, .25, it's just gone into secondary so it'll be a while but the .25 will go in at the next racking but that might be too much for the coffee. Interested in any thoughts?
 

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I've had this in a primary 1 gal carboy for about 6 weeks. It has a bit of an ammonia smell and tastes a little off but not terrible. It's dried out completely, right at 12%. Is the off smell and taste just because it's young? Or is there something else wrong? It's drinkable, especially if it's sweetened and made into a hard drink with cream and sugar. I read that 6 months was mature and wonder if this is just a step in the process.
Have you bottled yet, and if so, did you back-sweeten it or bottle as-is?
 

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Just corked mine.

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Used 1:16 ratio with coffee and filtered water. I pre-tasted several different coffees to get the one that was best as a cold brew. Coffee was in the water 11 hours, when it was filtered and topped with filtered water to leave little headspace in the 5 litre demijohn. Added 700 gramms brown sugar, dissolved and pitched Lalvin EC-1118 into it.Went to 1.000 SG in 2 days, settled by the third day. Racked, added 5 drops home made vanilla extract (soaked vanilla beans in vodka for months, we just keep this stuff around for cooking). I also added bentonite at this point, stirred and let it clear. It cleared again in 4 days. Racked, then added Isinglass. Cleared in another 3 days. Racked into bottles and corked with silicone. It tastes great.

Coffee was Raul Gutierez filter roasting from http://www.casinomocca.hu/

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A small update on this. The wine got a bit cloudy over the past couple weeks. We opened one up for tasting, and light carbonation occurred. We got a beautiful sparkling wine.

I have to mention that the coffee used was not washed but a light-roast that was made with a fermentation technique. You really want to get a coffee like that, otherwise the taste will be plain and cardboard-like.
 

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I've used this recipe or one like it using Boondock coffee and add Macadamia Nut sweetner when it's done. Make 3 gal and it doesn't last long. People are amazed you can make wine from coffee!
 

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wanted to say thank you to the OP for this one. I made a small gallon of this using Café Bustello and red start wine yeast I had on hand. I just passed the 2 week mark and moved it over to a secondary. Took a sample and added just a bit of sugar and vanilla extract to my cup and I must say this tastes amazing already. As well as having some good kick to it. I am so tempted to make a 5 gallon batch of this in the upcoming weeks to hand out as gifts as a line of friends eager to try this.

Thank you again!
 

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I've made coffee wine several times, including decaffeinated, and either way it's great. I prefer regular coffee (Folger's Black Silk) and brown sugar instead of white. I also use Coffee syrup for back sweetening - Vanilla or Hazel Nut - and find coffee lovers love it! It's easy to drink too much, and my son discovered late at night was not a good idea unless he wanted to be up all night.
 

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I made this today, following the recipe mostly to the letter. It's currently sitting in a 2.5 gallon glass barrel shaped jug I got from Walmart for 10 bucks (drilled a hole and added airlock).

Man, it took forever to filter the coffee. I unfortunately had to run an errand so some of it sat for about 26 hours. Since I only used 5.5 oz of coffee hopefully that balances it out some. The coffee I used was my uncles own home roasted. I might start a batch in a few weeks with some regular 8 o clock coffee since I drink that most often.
 

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Well, this became the first wine that I've ever racked to a secondary. It's very hot tasting but good already. OG was 1.096, racked at 0.9 (I may have messed up taking measurements since I didn't know what I was doing at the time). Also, the heads up about foam was appreciated, any container less than 2 gallons would have ended with foam in the airlock.

Thanks for the recipe! I'm going to start another batch this afternoon with 8 oclock.

Edit: bottled on 2/21/17 and it tastes nice. I back sweetened with 1/3 lb sugar and am pasteurizing now by dumping boiling water in my sink to bring the temperature up.
 

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I just had a bottle of this i made in jan of 2014 i dont drink much in wines but i made this because i like coffee alot. every time ive tried this batch its been better then the last i went about 1-1.5 years without trying it this last time and i gotta tell you its amazing. the next batch you make hide some from yourself and let this go for years your future self will thank you.
 

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This looks like an amazing recipe!

Has anyone ever tried or noticed a difference in flavour from the roasting of the beans (from light/blond roast -> dark roast?)
 

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I just transferred a batch to a secondary (made 5 gal) and so far so good. Tastes a bit hot but that's ok. I will most likely back sweeten with Hazelnut syrup
 

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For back sweetening, has anyone tried using Lactose? I'm lazy and haven't gone through the entire thread!


EDIT: Literally was talked about on the 2nd page. Ignore me! I'm starting this tonight!
 

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Just out of whim, googled wine coffee and found this thread. I'll be making some very very soon. Reason I got the idea was my very successful trial making ginger beer-coffee, simply but ginger-honey syrup into cold-brew coffee and added ginger-bug, bottled and after few days it was wonderful. So making something similar but loads stronger as a wine is a must try. I mainly make wine in 25litre batches, but since it's summer and harvests are coming in, all my fermenting tanks are used up so I'll be making a small 5litre batch of this for a start.
 

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Saw this at the top of the recipes list and couldn't resist trying it. Just pitched my yeast. Can't wait for a sample.
 

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Seen the recipe and decided to give it a try with a decaf Colombian coffee back on 1-20-19. I racked it a few times. Then on 4-28-19 racked it again and it still smelled terrible and tasted only slightly better. Stored it away and forgot about it for a few months. Racked it on 9-29-19 and then bottled on 10-4-19. Backed sweetened and added some extra hazelnut flavoring and vanilla before bottling. It finally smells nice and tastes better.
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Made a 1 gallon batch using Boyers Espresso beans, starting SG was 1.100. Pitched some red star yeast and this yeasty beastie party. After 4 days checked the SG and I was shocked to see .995, racked to a secondary with a blowoff air lock just in case and I am glad I did. This is a hot batch, not sure how it will turn out, though it has a great espresso flavor behind the alcohol.

more to come ...
 

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People keep asking me for my coffee wine recipe, so here it is.

This wine needs 4-6 months to mature. Longer is better.
ABV: 12.7-14%

6 oz medium roast ground coffee, by weight. I used Dunkin' Donuts brand, because that's what I like to drink.
About 2 1/2 lbs of granulated table sugar. 2 lbs for fermenting, 1/4-1/2 lb for back sweetening.
2 tsps yeast nutrient
1 tsp yeast energizer
1 5 gram packet of Pasteur champagne dry yeast
1/2 tsp bentonite powder, optional
2 tsp vanilla extract

Pour the ground coffee into a 1 gallon container, or a couple of smaller pitchers, add hot water until total volume is 1 gallon. Hot water in this case is not boiling, or the typical 212F for brewing coffee. It's more like 110-120f. You aren't trying to brew the coffee with heat, just get some body out of it. If your tap water tastes good then just hot from the tap is fine. If not, heat some bottled or filtered water on the stove.

In a few minutes the ground coffee should have formed a kind of mat in the top of the container. Break that up and stir it into the liquid. Most of the coffee should drop into the bottom of the container.

Cap the container, or put aluminum foil over the top of the container. Let it sit at room temperature for approximately 24 hours. After about 24 hours, pour the coffee through a coffee filter. Leave the majority of the grounds in the bottom of the container, they will just make it take longer to pass through the filter. The point of this is to brew coffee with a low psuedo-tannin content. That's what makes coffee bitter, and coffee has a tendency for far to high levels of these to enter solution in the presence of alcohol. That's also why there aren't any coffee solids in the fermentor. Brewing long and at a low temperature extracts lots of coffee flavor compounds without extracting a significant amount of psuedo-tannins.

Pour the cold brewed coffee into your fermenting container. I would recommend a 2 gallon fermenting bucket. The caffeine causes even low flocculating yeast to foam more then is normal. Add sugar in two or three additions until your gravity is between 1.095 - 1.100. Make sure to fully dissolve each sugar addition before adding the next, and check the gravity before each addition. It's Ok to pour the sample back in. If you are off even a little in your volume you change the sugar needed in a batch this small fairly significantly. With the volume lost from the coffee solids left behind, and the water in them, you should get almost exactly 1 gallon of liquid after the sugar has been added.

Add the yeast nutrient, stir until dispersed. Aerate if you wish. You will probably have to shake the ish out of it to dissolve the sugar so aeration is going to be redundant. Pitch the yeast. Seal your fermentor up.

In about twelve days add your bentonite powder if you are using any. In about 14 days, transfer off the yeast cake. Give it another week to be sure it's done fermenting. Add vanilla extract. It is recommended this be back sweetened, then pasteurized. Somewhere between 1/4 lb and 1/2 lb of sugar is about right, depending on taste.

Happy Brewing! :mug:
How much wine is added??
 

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I made a coffee wine a while back from spent grounds. Tasted weak and wishy-washy as you can imagine. I decided to concentrate the flavor by freeze distillation then back sweetened - amazing coffee liqueur with rave reviews by everyone that tasted it. Recipe? Sorry there was none. Boiled the spent grounds, threw in some sugar, cooled, threw in some yeast. 2 weeks later I bottled into plastic soda bottles and stuck them in the freezer, drained, froze, drained, froze drained. I must do that again some time.
 

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I will be trying this one very soon! I only hope mine comes out as wonderful as all you fine fermenting folks' have!
 
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