Getting coffee and cocoa nibs out of my beer before bottling

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LinusStick
beers 3537 º places 65 º 06:49 Tue 6/20/2017

I made a Founders Breakfast stout clone (just a 1.5 gallon batch) that called for ground coffee, chocolate chips and cocoa nibs added at flame out. I added that stuff directly to the kettle and realized that I had a strainer bag sitting out for a reason! Oh well beer is fermenting nicely and I’m thinking of ways to get those things physically out of the beer at bottling. I don’t do a secondary with such a small batch so I go right from primary after a few weeks to bottling bucket. Since I’ve never used coffee or chocolate in a beer, the only thing I can think is to just let the auto siphon do it’s work when transferring. I just can’t imagine coffee grounds won’t get into he bottles. Anyone else use ground coffee without a strainer in a beer?

 
MacBoost
beers 1988 º places 35 º 07:24 Tue 6/20/2017

Coffee filter. Not a joke, I’ve used one before.

 
SpringsLicker
beers 3689 º places 151 º 07:56 Tue 6/20/2017

I sanitize a cloth hop bag and tie it around the bottom of the auto siphon when I’m racking off whole leaf hops loose in the carboy. Should work for coffee too.

 
HornyDevil
09:40 Tue 6/20/2017

Originally posted by SpringsLicker
I sanitize a cloth hop bag and tie it around the bottom of the auto siphon when I’m racking off whole leaf hops loose in the carboy. Should work for coffee too.


You can also used sanitized panty hose or knee highs.

 
skinnyguy
13:07 Tue 6/20/2017

Originally posted by SpringsLicker
I sanitize a cloth hop bag and tie it around the bottom of the auto siphon when I’m racking off whole leaf hops loose in the carboy. Should work for coffee too.


Definitely do this. Otherwise the auto-siphon will clog.

 
LinusStick
beers 3537 º places 65 º 19:17 Wed 6/21/2017

Originally posted by skinnyguy
Originally posted by SpringsLicker
I sanitize a cloth hop bag and tie it around the bottom of the auto siphon when I’m racking off whole leaf hops loose in the carboy. Should work for coffee too.


Definitely do this. Otherwise the auto-siphon will clog.

So dumb question. Just make a Star san solution and soak the hop bag (or panty hose) in it?

 
skinnyguy
14:06 Fri 6/23/2017

Originally posted by LinusStick
Originally posted by skinnyguy
Originally posted by SpringsLicker
I sanitize a cloth hop bag and tie it around the bottom of the auto siphon when I’m racking off whole leaf hops loose in the carboy. Should work for coffee too.


Definitely do this. Otherwise the auto-siphon will clog.

So dumb question. Just make a Star san solution and soak the hop bag (or panty hose) in it?


That’s usually what I do. Squeeze it out a bit after being in the star san.

Otherwise, some people will boil the bag if it is a muslin style. That can also work for nylon mesh, but you have to be more careful to keep it off the bottom of the kettle.

 
Homer321
beers 5255 º places 54 º 14:30 Fri 6/23/2017

I’ve also used a paint strainer bag. Cheap at lowes and Home Depot

 
EvanFriend
beers 659 º places 15 º 23:32 Mon 9/18/2017

I just racked a blueberry melomel into secondary, and I had a few blueberries get through the auto siphon. Before I rack it again or bottle it (not sure if I want to put more fruit in the secondary, but I figure I have time to decide), I'm definitely tying a hop bag around the auto siphon.

 
CLevar
places 23 º 12:17 Tue 9/19/2017

Originally posted by Homer321
I’ve also used a paint strainer bag. Cheap at lowes and Home Depot


Paint strainer bag is a pro move. Seriously

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