I was in my local coffee shop the other day and they are now selling 64 oz. Growlers and 32 oz. bottles of Chicory coffee. I had never heard of this before and I enquired the owner who mixed me up a free sample and it has a great earthy taste that comes from a root that is harvested like a sugar beet. I think would be great in a stout and I plan on trying to brew with it.
It is not concentrated so by my math I figure I would need 96 oz. (12 cups) of the chicory coffee to add to the 5 Gallons of Dry Irish Stout (NB Extract Kit) I have currently in secondary. I would like to add it when bottling, so I have a question for the experts out there:
Does it need to be boiled to sterilize? It is cold brewed and has not ever been heated. If I do heat it I’m afraid it will kill the great taste of the coffee. And that brings up another question, do I still go with the 2 cups water/ 3/4 cup priming sugar boiled solution? Or do I just add the priming sugar in with the coffee? Any input would be appreciated.