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French pressing FBS?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by derricksmalls, Jan 9, 2013.

  1. Has anybody ever done this before to try to inject more coffee flavor into a beer. I thought about taking a bottle of FBS, pouring it over some fresh coffee grounds in my french press, and cooling it in the fridge for awhile. If anyone has done something like this I would like to know what kind of results they had, positive or negative.

  2. cubbyswans

    cubbyswans Savant (425) Missouri Jun 10, 2008 Beer Trader

    just do it... what are you out if it sucks? $2.50?
  3. jriggins6

    jriggins6 Savant (385) Colorado May 18, 2011 Beer Trader

    If you decide to do that let me know how it works.
  4. jesskidden

    jesskidden Champion (810) New Jersey Aug 10, 2005 Subscriber

  5. Can't say I've done this.
    Seems like a simple/cheap experiment though.
    Is it difficult/cost prohibitive to get Espresso Oak Aged Yeti, Speedway Stout, and/or Peche Mortel?
    I'd wager any of those will give you the coffee injection you aren't getting from FBS.
  6. Yes. Ever since my friends and I started french pressing imperial stouts, I don't even bother seeking out coffee beers any more. You can create a much more coffee-forward beer using this method.
    Step one, choose a full-bodied, roasty imperial stout. It doesn't even have to be a coffee stout.
    Step two, choose a nice, freshly roasted (preferably local, artisan) coffee, and grind it.
    Step three, steep together in a French press for about 6-10 minutes.
    The only problem is that if you do too long, the coffee can literally overpower the base beer. The other issue is that I swear this method makes richer, more robust coffee than the best "normal" coffees I've ever had. It's like drinking espresso. The danger is that you might start craving these for breakfast.

    Try doing this with Black Tuesday to make the ultra-awesome, "Wednesday Morning." It's how we've been finishing a lot of our tastings recently.
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  7. Creetoper

    Creetoper Aficionado (225) Ohio Jul 7, 2011 Beer Trader

    This is the same thing one would do with a Dogfish Head Randall so I would go for it. But as cubbyswans already indicated, you won't be risking more than a 12oz bottle of beer so there's no real need to ask BA for permission. Have fun!
  8. leedorham

    leedorham Champion (855) Washington Apr 27, 2006

  9. CellarGimp

    CellarGimp Advocate (510) Missouri Sep 14, 2011

    You're right! Jeez that's cheaper than a Peppermint Mocha at Starbucks and it has an FBS in it!
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  10. I haven't done it with an FBS, but I have done a few french pressed beer experiments. I did a sam adams RIS with bourbon soaked coffee beans. I've never done ground coffee, grounds escaping into my beer isn't very appealing, let us know how that goes though, i'm interested.
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  11. jtmartino

    jtmartino Advocate (535) California Dec 11, 2010 Beer Trader

    I've used a French press to infuse coffee and hops into different beers. Tastes great, just don't use too much coffee as westcoastbeerlvr mentioned.

    I'd be interested to see someone spike their beer with a little cannabis and see how that turns out.
  12. Def. gonna do it, only thing Im not sure about is how long to let it seep, want the extra flavor but dont want it too flat either. Maybe I will try 10 min. like someone else suggested. Thanks
  13. Oh man! I had the idea in my head last week as I grabbed my french press.

    As a coffee lover I really love this idea!
  14. I would LOVE to try this idea with a Verdi Imperial Stout!



    Lavazza Coffee!

    Equals heaven for me!
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  15. papat444

    papat444 Poobah (1,640) Quebec (Canada) Dec 28, 2006 Beer Trader

    Love me some creamy Lavazza coffee!
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  16. I do love Italian coffee though I am not an Illy fan. I like also Kimbo and Miscela D'Oro too!
  17. papat444

    papat444 Poobah (1,640) Quebec (Canada) Dec 28, 2006 Beer Trader

    I haven't seen those but i'll have to give them a try, thanks!
  18. I'm making a little espresso right now (working from home today)....sneak a little Sambuca in? Nope, sounds like I should sneak a little of that Sam Smith Oatmeal Stout I got in the frigde in.
  19. [​IMG]

    Sambuca was great! Just make sure to have the Sambuca at room temp before adding.
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  20. davey101

    davey101 Champion (860) Connecticut Apr 14, 2009 Beer Trader

    I've done it with coconut before
  21. Creetoper

    Creetoper Aficionado (225) Ohio Jul 7, 2011 Beer Trader

    I wouldn't be surprised if the ethanol content increases the solubility of the caffeine.
  22. I'd like to try that with Faretti (biscoti flavored liqueur), maybe it'll taste like Biscoti Break (one of the few hyped beers I actually want to try!!)
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  23. Sounds interesting. How was it?
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  24. DrAwkward82

    DrAwkward82 Savant (325) California Apr 16, 2005

    I don't have a French Press, but I wonder how well this would work with the Eva Solo that we use. I think I'm going to try this soon. . .
  25. Yeah it would be good I imagine it would be good too!
  26. davey101

    davey101 Champion (860) Connecticut Apr 14, 2009 Beer Trader

    Its hard to extract the flavor out of coconut like that, but i enjoyed it. The coconut was pretty moist to begin with so at the end I collected all the shreds at the bottom and pressed the ever living crap out of them. THAT liquid was amazing.
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  27. jedwards

    jedwards Savant (350) California Feb 3, 2009

    We've done this the last few Christmases with vintage Old Stock and figs that had been soaked for a few weeks in brandy with spices (1-2 allspice berries, a clove, a blade of mace). Really, really excellent.

    Pressing a fruity IPA with chunks of pineapple or mango also highly recommended.
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  28. jtg5678

    jtg5678 Savant (330) Illinois Nov 27, 2012 Beer Trader

    Wonder if this would work with a pour over method, so as to avoid grounds in the beer. I have both a French Press and a Hario pour over system, perhaps I'll grab a couple bottles of a nice/relatively inexpensive imperial stout and compare each.
  29. BearsOnAcid

    BearsOnAcid Advocate (745) Massachusetts Mar 17, 2009 Beer Trader

    You'll all pay for your flavor injected beer crimes.

    Because purist
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  30. I added a small amount of chocolate syrup to a Rouge chocolate stout, it actually made it taste better. Then I added more and it tasted like crap
  31. jedwards

    jedwards Savant (350) California Feb 3, 2009

    What happened to the BearsOnAcid that was excited about lambic sizzurp?
  32. Naugled

    Naugled Advocate (610) New York Sep 25, 2007 Subscriber

  33. BearsOnAcid

    BearsOnAcid Advocate (745) Massachusetts Mar 17, 2009 Beer Trader

    Lambic drink predates gueuze. The mixture is usually aged overnight in a Don Quijote 750.
  34. BruceBruce

    BruceBruce Initiate (0) Texas Dec 4, 2011

    We did Black Tuesday and it was the best beer I have ever had, french pressed only part of the bottle then mixed the coffee and non coffee version together. Was amazing
  35. This sounds awesome - how much coffee (ground or whole bean) are you using per 12 oz? 22?

    My Saturday afternoons may have just gotten more productive...
  36. My French press holds about 16 oz I think. I just know that there's always a bit left in a bomber when I put it in there. I use about as much coffee grounds as I would use to make the equivalent amount of normal coffee--about half a cup, I guess.
  37. Overlord

    Overlord Advocate (665) California Jun 28, 2007

    I thought this was about the well known link between bench pressing and craft beer. Gah. Should have read more carefully.
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  38. You guys are doing this with cold beer? So essentially you are doing a VERY quick cold press of coffee with beer. This sounds like it could work, you won't get any caffeine but I am guessing that is not the point.
  39. In terms of the cannabis thing although I'm sure there are multiple threads on it, there would be no drug effect. You might be able to integrate the taste of the cannabis flowers (which could be interesting but probably not worth the money) but the THC would not integrate as in beer there is simply too little alcohol or anything else to extract the THC.