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Coffee and Stout
« on: August 01, 2012, 12:38:55 PM »
I read a few posts on other sites, but felt asking here would give me the answer I would prefer.



At what point do you add the coffee? 

Do you just brew coffee or just use ground coffee?


Is Chocolate similar timing? Use those "nibs"?
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Re: Coffee and Stout
« Reply #1 on: August 01, 2012, 01:27:29 PM »
I add coarsely cracked beans to the secondary for aroma and a bit of flavor and strong brewed coffee to taste at bottling.  I've found that I need to reduce the bittering hops to account for the bitterness from the coffee.
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Re: Coffee and Stout
« Reply #2 on: August 01, 2012, 01:34:55 PM »
Cold brewed coffee is the way to go.  Add about a quart of strong cold brewed coffee at bottling/kegging.  Gives you a nice coffee flavor.
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Re: Coffee and Stout
« Reply #3 on: August 01, 2012, 01:47:42 PM »
ok cool. I am doing a 3 gallon batch later this month. :)
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Re: Coffee and Stout
« Reply #4 on: August 01, 2012, 01:55:26 PM »
 Same amount for a porter?  1 qt in 5 gals or so?

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Re: Coffee and Stout
« Reply #5 on: August 01, 2012, 01:57:16 PM »
Same amount for a porter?  1 qt in 5 gals or so?

We'd have to know your tastes.  The good thing about adding it late is that you can taste as you go.
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Re: Coffee and Stout
« Reply #6 on: August 01, 2012, 02:16:03 PM »
Same amount for a porter?  1 qt in 5 gals or so?

We'd have to know your tastes.  The good thing about adding it late is that you can taste as you go.

I add it at kegging.  A couple shots of espresso.  Taste, ponder, taste again.  Add more if necessary.

I've never done the cold brewed or the cracked beans.  Espresso has worked well so far, but I have no basis to compare to other options.
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Re: Coffee and Stout
« Reply #7 on: August 01, 2012, 03:54:55 PM »
I have added coffee 2 ways to my beer.

I did a robust porter where I added 1 shot of fresh espresso into each (16oz) bottle and racked beer right on top of it. This gave a strong flavor of coffee, and a decent amount of aroma.

In my Mocha Mild at NHC, I used 1 qt of boiled and cooled water with 1/4 cup of coffee grounds, and cold-steeped for approximately 24hrs. I filtered this mixture through a paper towel and added it to the keg. This had a slightly more restrained coffee flavor, with less bitterness. I didn't get much aroma at all.

Also in my Mocha Mild at NHC, I took 1/2 cup of vodka and poured it over 1/4 cup of cocoa nibs. I let it soak for close to a week, and added it into the keg. With this treatment (and I think it would work with coffee as well) I got a strong cocoa smell, but with very little cocoa flavor, just enough to balance the coffee and give me the "mocha" flavor I was looking for.

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Re: Coffee and Stout
« Reply #8 on: August 07, 2012, 08:50:14 AM »
My coffee stout came out with just the right amount of coffee flavor.  I used the cold brew method.  I used six ounces (total) of freshly ground, non-flavored roasts of three different varieties (2 oz each).  Basically I boiled about 1.5 quarts spring water, then cooled and put in sanitized flask, added the coffee, covered and left in fridge for two days.  Then I strained it using a sanitized grain bag and added to the beer.  I didn't quite use all the liquid but that worked out fine because it came out pretty good, and perfect on the coffee aspect.  I realize this is not exact but something like this should work for you just fine.