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21 June 2011 @ 07:35 am
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So last monday i put together a batch of cold brew coffee and put it in the fridge to steep. Then i got distracted by life.

Last night, one week later, i finally got around to pulling the jar out and straining it. Most instructions recommend you let it steep for 12-24 hours. I've done 36-48 hours pretty often in the past. 168 hours however is certainly a first. This is going to be an interesting experiment :)
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Johndolohov on June 21st, 2011 05:36 pm (UTC)
You can always treat it like a coffee syrup, adding cold or hot water to taste.
DonAithnendonaithnen on June 21st, 2011 07:36 pm (UTC)
That's normally what you do with cold brewed coffee anyways, but i was expecting 7 days of steeping to have had some unfortunate side effect besides just making it a little stronger. I figured it would finish drawing out the "good" stuff and start drawing out more acid or something else unpleasant, or start rotting somehow, or who knows what.

As far as i can tell from the first cup however it's perfectly fine. It may be more concentrated than usual, but i always mix it to taste rather than using an exact formula so i couldn't tell exactly what the difference in strength was.

Of course it's possible i'm just being a "victim" of my lack of a refined palate :)
Johndolohov on June 21st, 2011 07:40 pm (UTC)
You might find that some of the less palatable stuff has settled, but otherwise that's not surprising: there are some compounds that just won't extract that well in non-agitated cold water, no matter how long they're left there.