How much coffee do I need for 5 gallons of beer?

Answered by Willian Lymon

To make 5 gallons of beer, you will need a certain amount of coffee to achieve the desired flavor and aroma. There are different methods you can use to incorporate coffee into your beer, such as cold brewing or dry beaning. The amount of coffee you use will depend on the specific method you choose and the desired strength of coffee flavor in your beer.

For the cold brew method, we used 4 ounces of coarsely ground coffee in 1,200 mL of water for a 5-gallon batch. This ratio of coffee to water can vary depending on personal preference, but we found that 4 ounces provided a good balance of coffee flavor without overpowering the other beer ingredients. The coffee grounds were steeped in the water for a certain period of time, usually around 12-24 hours, to extract the desired flavors and aromas. After the steeping time, the coffee-infused water was added to the beer during fermentation or added directly to the finished beer.

On the other hand, for the dry bean method, we used 2 ounces of whole coffee beans for a 5-gallon batch. Dry beaning is similar to dry hopping in the brewing process, where the coffee beans are added directly to the beer during fermentation or conditioning. The beans are typically left in contact with the beer for a certain period of time, usually around 48 hours, to allow the flavors and aromas to be imparted into the beer. This method can provide a more pronounced coffee flavor compared to cold brewing, as the whole beans have a greater surface area for extraction.

It’s important to note that the amount of coffee you use can be adjusted based on your personal taste preferences. If you prefer a stronger coffee flavor, you can increase the amount of coffee used. Conversely, if you prefer a more subtle coffee presence, you can decrease the amount of coffee. It’s all about finding the right balance that suits your palate.

For a 5-gallon batch of beer, we used 4 ounces of coffee for the cold brew method and 2 ounces of coffee beans for the dry bean method. These amounts can be adjusted to taste, allowing you to customize the coffee flavor in your beer. Experiment and have fun with it to find the perfect combination that suits your personal preferences. Cheers!