French pressing FBS?

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

  1. derricksmalls

    derricksmalls Dec 15, 2010 Virginia

    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 Jun 10, 2008 Missouri
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    just do it... what are you out if it sucks? $2.50?
  3. jriggins6

    jriggins6 May 18, 2011 Colorado
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    If you decide to do that let me know how it works.
  4. jesskidden

    jesskidden Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey

  5. fujindemon74

    fujindemon74 Nov 7, 2012 Pennsylvania

    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. westcoastbeerlvr

    westcoastbeerlvr Oct 19, 2010 California

    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 Jul 7, 2011 Ohio
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    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 Apr 27, 2006 Washington

  9. eyeenjoybeer

    eyeenjoybeer Feb 18, 2011 Seychelles

  10. CellarGimp

    CellarGimp Sep 14, 2011 Missouri

    You're right! Jeez that's cheaper than a Peppermint Mocha at Starbucks and it has an FBS in it!
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  11. callmeishmALE

    callmeishmALE Dec 30, 2010 Colorado

    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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  12. jtmartino

    jtmartino Dec 11, 2010 California
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    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.
  13. derricksmalls

    derricksmalls Dec 15, 2010 Virginia

    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
  14. Giovannilucano

    Giovannilucano Feb 24, 2011 Wyoming

    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!
  15. Giovannilucano

    Giovannilucano Feb 24, 2011 Wyoming

    I would LOVE to try this idea with a Verdi Imperial Stout!



    Lavazza Coffee!

    Equals heaven for me!
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  16. papat444

    papat444 Dec 28, 2006 Quebec (Canada)
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    Love me some creamy Lavazza coffee!
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  17. Giovannilucano

    Giovannilucano Feb 24, 2011 Wyoming

    I do love Italian coffee though I am not an Illy fan. I like also Kimbo and Miscela D'Oro too!
  18. papat444

    papat444 Dec 28, 2006 Quebec (Canada)
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    I haven't seen those but i'll have to give them a try, thanks!
  19. Providence

    Providence Feb 24, 2010 Rhode Island

    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.
  20. Giovannilucano

    Giovannilucano Feb 24, 2011 Wyoming


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

    davey101 Apr 14, 2009 Connecticut
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    I've done it with coconut before
  22. Creetoper

    Creetoper Jul 7, 2011 Ohio
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    I wouldn't be surprised if the ethanol content increases the solubility of the caffeine.
  23. Providence

    Providence Feb 24, 2010 Rhode Island

    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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  24. Providence

    Providence Feb 24, 2010 Rhode Island

    Sounds interesting. How was it?
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  25. DrAwkward82

    DrAwkward82 Apr 16, 2005 California

    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. . .
  26. Giovannilucano

    Giovannilucano Feb 24, 2011 Wyoming

    Yeah it would be good I imagine it would be good too!
  27. davey101

    davey101 Apr 14, 2009 Connecticut
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    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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  28. jedwards

    jedwards Feb 3, 2009 California

    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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  29. jtg5678

    jtg5678 Nov 27, 2012 Illinois
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    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.
  30. BearsOnAcid

    BearsOnAcid Mar 17, 2009 Massachusetts
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    You'll all pay for your flavor injected beer crimes.

    Because purist
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  31. craftbrew502

    craftbrew502 Feb 2, 2012 Kentucky

    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
  32. jedwards

    jedwards Feb 3, 2009 California

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

    Naugled Sep 25, 2007 New York

  34. BearsOnAcid

    BearsOnAcid Mar 17, 2009 Massachusetts
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    Lambic drink predates gueuze. The mixture is usually aged overnight in a Don Quijote 750.
  35. BruceBruce

    BruceBruce Dec 4, 2011 Texas

    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
  36. sjverla

    sjverla Dec 1, 2008 Massachusetts

    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...
  37. westcoastbeerlvr

    westcoastbeerlvr Oct 19, 2010 California

    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.
  38. fastenoughforphish

    fastenoughforphish Nov 14, 2012 Illinois

    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. Pinknuggets

    Pinknuggets Oct 5, 2012 Massachusetts

    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.
  40. BearsOnAcid

    BearsOnAcid Mar 17, 2009 Massachusetts
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    Do you even steep bro?
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