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.

  • dude, can you share the recipe?
    – Mild Fuzz
    Nov 28, 2014 at 11:58

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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.

  • 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, 2014 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, 2014 at 15:40
  • Yes, it was in the secondary. I should have mentioned that in the question. Edited appropriately.
    – CDspace
    Jul 27, 2014 at 16:54

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