It’s been a couple weeks since I bottled my new beer, a porter stout with coffee that I call “Mo Joe Porter.”
The coffee is so pronounced in this brew that I’m not sure if I should describe it as an ale with coffee, or a coffee with ale.
I realize now where I goofed. I boiled the coffee before adding it to the second fermentation.
Adding anything to the wort is risky, especially if it’s not sanitized. Not wanting to spoil 5 gallons of good beer, I chose to play it safe. But when you boil crushed coffee beans, you get…coffee!
So in effect, I added a small pot of coffee to the second fermentation. And boy does it make its presence known when you taste it!
I like it. Probably because I’m choosing to think of it as a spiked ice coffee. 🙂
I think I’ll focus on good old fashioned ales with my next few brews. Well, a red ale and then a stout. But no added spices or coffee!