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cold brew coffee questions

Citizen_Snips | Mar 14, 2015 11:28 PM

I made my own cold brew coffee for the first time and had a question:

How many cups of cold brewed coffee should you get at the end of the brewing process per cup of water added at the beginning?

I took an 11 oz bag, ground it coarse, and added 44 oz of water. Looking back that was probably way too much coffee for that amount of water, but I took a recipe with a dry volume measurement and tried to convert it to a weight measurement and apparently didn't get it right.

I brewed the coffee for 24 hours, then dumped it into a nut milk bag to strain out the coffee from the grounds. When that was complete, I only had 28 oz of actual brewed coffee, even though I started with 44 oz of water. Is that normal? If not, which variable do I need to change?

1. Use a finer grind?
2. Strain longer? (I only strained each of several batches of grounds for a few seconds, but I stopped because there wasn't much coffee coming out after that point - only a small trickle)
3. Add more water for that amount of beans (11 oz)?

Also are all the grounds supposed to float at the top of the water while the coffee is brewing?

Sorry if these are dumb questions, but none of the recipes I found really addressed any of them.

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