We all (well, maybe not all of us) brew a cup of coffee to get us going every morning, so why wouldn’t you brew beer with coffee? There are three major factors that affect what flavors you extract from your coffee: grind level, temperature, and contact time. With those factors in mind, it is best to add coffee to your beer one of two ways: you can either add brewed coffee to your beer or steep the coffee beans directly in your beer.
This recipe was inspired by Furthermore Beer’s Oscura by putting the flavor of the coffee front and center. Be sure to use a high quality, fresh, lightly roasted Central American coffee; choose whatever smells best to you. This recipe was originally featured in “A Cuppa Beer: Using Coffee in your Homebrew” by Matt Lange in the March/April 2010 issue of Zymurgy.
Montezuma’s Revenge Mexican Dark Lager with Coffee | Specialty Beer
- 9 lb. (4.08 kg) Vienna malt
- 2 lb. (907 g) Munich malt 10° L
- 0.5 lb. (226 g) Caravienne malt
- 0.5 lb. (226 g) flaked corn
- 1.5 oz. (35 g) Hallertau Hersbrucker whole hops, 4.5 % a.a. (60 min.)
- 1 oz. (28 g) Hallertau Hersbrucker whole hops, 4.5 % a.a. (30 min.)
- 0.5 lb. (226 g) light-roast Central American Coffee, such as Nicaragua
- Wyeast 2112 California Lager or WLP810 San Francisco Lager Yeast
- Original Gravity: 1.059
- IBU: 37
- Efficiency: 70%
Mash at 152° F (67° C) for 45 minutes. Boil 60 minutes. Primary fermentation at 65° F (18° C). Add whole coffee beans to the secondary in a mesh bag and lager for four weeks.
Substitute 7.7 lb. (3.5 kg) Munich LME for the Vienna and Munich malts. Increase Caravienne to 0.75 lb. (339 g), add 0.25 lb .(113 g) white sugar, and omit flaked corn. Steep the Caravienne in 155° F (68° C) water for 30 minutes, sparge, add malt extracts and sugar, bring to boil, then follow recipe as above.