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I have a recipe that calls for adding a gallon of cold brewed coffee in the secondary. The comments have described how to cold brew it, but I was wondering, do I need to add the grounds plus the gallon, or just the spent grounds? I don't want to dilute the beer with an extra gallon, but would still like to get the flavor of the coffee.

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Do not add the grounds. Add the liquid. And a gal. sounds like WAY too much. When I make a coffee beer, generally a cup or two of strong coffee is plenty.

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FWIW I already did. Decided to add 6 ounces of dry grounds. It's a strong dark beer already, so it shouldn't be overpowering. I'll add a link to the recipe in a bit –  CDspace Jul 26 at 18:07
    
As long as you didn't add them to the boil, you may be OK. When I use coffee, I usually "dry bean" by adding 4-5 oz. of coarsely cracked beans to the secondary. –  Denny Conn Jul 27 at 15:40
    
Yes, it was in the secondary. I should have mentioned that in the question. Edited appropriately. –  CDspace Jul 27 at 16:54

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