If you've never tasted cold brewed coffee, you may want to give it a try. It's super easy and very tasty.
Directions for a Half Gallon
Use a medium coarse to a coarse grind. Most people recommend the coarse grind.
The recommendations for amounts of water and coffee grounds vary from 3 parts water to 1 part coffee grounds to 15 parts water and 1 part coffee grounds. If you're using the 64 ounce wide mouth glass container in this example, try starting with 1 cup (3 ounces, 16 tablespoons or 85 grams) of coffee grounds. Fill the container with pure, cold water. Later, increase or decrease amounts to suit your taste.
The other significant variable is how long to let it brew. If you like stronger coffee, leave it on your counter or in your refrigerator for 24 or more hours. If you like it weaker, leave it for 8 hours or overnight. If it’s too strong, add water. If too weak, let it brew longer.
On hot days, add ice cubes made from cold brewed coffee.
If you make larger amounts, your coffee should still taste great even when kept in your fridge for up to two weeks.
Avoid putting cold brewed coffee in the sun. Heat increases acidity and bitterness. Some people, however, recommend adding 1/3 of your water (heated to 205 degrees Fahrenheit) at first to bring out a wider range of flavors. The remaining 2/3s pure, cold water is added immediately or within varying time delays. Again, experiment to see what you like best.
If you are planning a road trip, make your coffee and let it brew while you’re traveling. The agitation just helps the brewing.
Enjoy! And, let us know what you think as well as any other ideas you have about how you enjoy your coffee.