I added a pot of coffee to my secondary without thinking much about the water content. Now the SG is lower than I want (weak body). Could I put it back into the kettle and boil the excess water off without destroying it? Any other options?

  • homebrewtalk suggests adding maltodextrine.
    – Todd
    Dec 22, 2016 at 19:30
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    Add sugar or freeze out water. I would not boil again because of flavor changes and evaporating alcohol.
    – Robert
    Dec 22, 2016 at 21:51

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Don't boil it.

I would not just add sugar as this will be converted straight to alcohol and thin out the body/mouth feel further. Todd's suggestion to add some maltodextrine will give you a fuller body, but without adding any alcohol as most of the longer poly saccharides are unconvertible by yeast.

I would add a little sugar and a little of the maltodextrine, to give you the ABV you wanted to account for the extra volume and add a bit of body back that you have thinned out.

Also you could bottle it, and let it carb up, as the carbonation will help a little with the perception of body and mouthfeel.

When I add coffee I normally add the grounds and let it steep for a 1-2 weeks or I add a couple of shots of espresso, both to secondary.

The last coffee/chocolate stout I did the coffee and cocoa went straight into the primary and I still got a fair amount coming through in the bottles. I did add twice as much as the recipe suggested to compensate for the CO2 carrying off the aromas. This had no secondary and went straight into bottles from the Primary.

  • I find the opposite - that carbonation lightens the body and mouthfeel. Is it just me?
    – mdma
    Dec 23, 2016 at 16:58

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