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Foodieinfl
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Posted Wed Jul 25, 2012, 3:10pm
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Hi all!  Newbie and first post.  Looking for the best way to make iced coffee and knew I could find great advice here.  I have tried the cold brewed method and am just not crazy with the result.  It is weaker than I like, and just has an off taste to me.  Can't really describe it...it just sort of nauseates me to be honest.  I have tried several different coffee blends, as well as regular and decaf, with the same end result.  I am thinking that I need to do a traditional hot brew in order to achieve the strength I like, and also hope that the off taste I mentioned will be resolved.  The problem is I do not own a coffee maker, just an aeropress.  I like to make a gallon at a time, so the aeropress isn't an option.  Is there a way to make coffee on the stove?  Is it any good?  If so, how do I go about doing this?  I am working with your basic crappy, electric apartment stove if that makes a difference.  TY in advance!
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Posted Wed Jul 25, 2012, 4:01pm
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Which "cold brewed" method did you use? And which beans (fresh roasted, store bought etc?). Moka's are used on stove top but that would be a pain in the ass trying to make a gallon, have to do it over and over. What are making/using a gallon for?
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Posted Wed Jul 25, 2012, 4:12pm
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Store bought beans, ground on medium, dumped into a gallon pitcher, then topped off with filtered water.  Left to steep on counter for about 24 hours, then poured through cheesecloth.  I explored the Moka pot method as well, but as you mentioned it would be a pain.  I like to make a gallon at a time to have on hand during the week.  Just easier than making an individual serving each time.
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Posted Thu Jul 26, 2012, 6:33am
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Posted Thu Jul 26, 2012, 7:04am
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Foodieinfl Said:

Store bought beans, ground on medium, dumped into a gallon pitcher, then topped off with filtered water.  Left to steep on counter for about 24 hours, then poured through cheesecloth.  I explored the Moka pot method as well, but as you mentioned it would be a pain.  I like to make a gallon at a time to have on hand during the week.  Just easier than making an individual serving each time.

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If their store bought then that's one problem right there, beans are already stale and won't taste good whether hot or cold brewed. I tried Starbucks once as cold brew when I forgot to get some fresh stuff and it was pretty gross, tasted like burnt cigs/ashes.

Cold coffee doesn't last long either, I wouldn't go a week drinking the batch, maybe a day or two at the most.
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Posted Thu Jul 26, 2012, 8:17am
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Netphilosopher - Yes, I drink *a lot* of coffee.  (blush...)  Thank you for the great info.  Will try this tonight.  I tried making cowboy coffee last night, which I mixed with ice, half and half and raw sugar this morning, and it was close to un-drinkable.  Sour, bitter, weak.  I should have been doubtful of any method asking you to add coffee to boiling water.  
CMIN - I agree.  In a perfect world, I'd happily frolick to my local roaster each morning for the freshest beans possible, scratch that -- in a perfect world, I'd actually stop into Panera each morning for iced coffee.  I don't know what their brewing secret is, but it's heavenly.  Unfortunately, my morning usually consists of running Tasmanian-devil style through my apartment in an attempt to make it to work on time.  I also agree that I probably should not make a gallon at a time.
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Posted Thu Jul 26, 2012, 8:21am
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Foodieinfl Said:

Store bought beans, ground on medium, dumped into a gallon pitcher, then topped off with filtered water.  Left to steep on counter for about 24 hours, then poured through cheesecloth.  I explored the Moka pot method as well, but as you mentioned it would be a pain.  I like to make a gallon at a time to have on hand during the week.  Just easier than making an individual serving each time.

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I'm with you on this, Holly. Years ago I had a cold coffee brewer I forget what it was called but I'm sure someone can give us its name again that was essentially a large vessel for storing you water and coffee grinds during the 24 hour steeping process. There was this hole in the bottom of it where you stuck this thick filter which had a cork at the bottom. When you were finished steeping the brew, you would set it atop this decanter that came with the kit.  

The thing made exceptional coffee, but it was supposed to be a concentrate to which you would add hot water for your morning coffee. I never added water, finding the concentrate deliciously smooth and just right for the level of strength the way it was.  I kept the decanter in the fridge, and it would last just three or four days.
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Posted Thu Jul 26, 2012, 9:17am
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Could it be a Toddy?  I'm not personally familiar with it, but it sounds similar.  I second the coffee concentrate.  My aeropress works the same in that it produces a very small amount of coffee (concentrate) to which you top off with hot water.  Delicious for iced coffee, but not practical.  I'd have to do at least 4 pressings to achieve 1 large Tervis tumbler.  :O
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Posted Thu Jul 26, 2012, 11:26am
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Foodieinfl Said:

CMIN - I agree.  In a perfect world, I'd happily frolick to my local roaster each morning for the freshest beans possible, scratch that -- in a perfect world, I'd actually stop into Panera each morning for iced coffee.  I don't know what their brewing secret is, but it's heavenly.  Unfortunately, my morning usually consists of running Tasmanian-devil style through my apartment in an attempt to make it to work on time.  I also agree that I probably should not make a gallon at a time.

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Panera coffee is ok for a chain. But if you had something like the Toddy or Sowden Click Here (www.seattlecoffeegear.com) , and a cheap hand grinder (you didn't say if you grind or you grind at the store), you'll make way better coffee if you can buy some fresh beans or see if there is a shop around you that will sell their own (generally cheaper than ordering online). You'd be better with a Toddy or Sowden and making multiple batches through the week vs one big ass one, as even cold brewed coffee starts going stale after about a day in the fridge. SCG has a vid showing the Sowden used for cold brew: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p2vrc_D0Jbg
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