Before we dive into this, let’s be clear that on differences between iced coffee and cold-brewed coffee. This could be confusing for some people that aren’t aware of the brewing process.
Iced coffee is made using the hot water Brewing method and then cooled completely and served on ice. Cold brew is made by Brewing the coffee grounds in cool or room temperature water overnight for at least twelve hours before serving with ice.
Iced coffee is brewed double strength with hot water and then cooled which creates a refreshing lighter body that you can then serve with any type of sweetener and/or with milk.
When you brew your iced coffee it’s best to then stored in the refrigerator at least eight hours before serving so that it cools down. you don’t want the hot coffee melting your ice which will cause it to dilute and tastes watered down and bitter.
With cold brew you’re actually brewing your coffee and cold or room temperature water for at least 12 hours.
Cold brew is less acidic than iced coffee because it never had the chance to release all of the oils and acidic flavors as when brewed with hot water which attracts more flavor and oils from the beans.
Why is my homemade iced coffee watery?
This could be due to the amount of coffee grounds used or if you allow your iced coffee to sit out for a long period of time where the ice cubes could completely melt and make your coffee taste watery and sludgy.
If you’re using plenty of ice it is best if you consume the coffee quicker to prevent the ice from watering down the coffee.
How do you make iced coffee without watering it down?
To keep iced coffee from being watered down, fill with coffee ice cubes instead of plain water ice cubes. using your own ice cubes made with cold brew or chilled regular coffee will not dilute your coffee while still keeping it cold and refreshing.
How to Make Iced Coffee
To make iced coffee you should start off with a tall glass and a long spoon that can reach the bottom all that glass.
Next you’ll want to fill the glass with ice all the way to the top. If you’ve prepared coffee cubes Ahead of time you can use those instead of regular ice. ( coffee cubes will prevent your coffee from being watered down)
Now you will begin pouring you’re chilled or room temperature coffee into the glass while still allowing room for additions such as milk or sugar.
This is when you will want to add any of your creamers, half-and-half or any other type of milk to your iced coffee.
Finally you would add a couple spoonfuls of sugar or sweetener is to your liking and stir until the milk and sweeteners have fully mixed giving you the flavor that you desire.
I certainly do love my coffee but sometimes when it’s just extremely hot outside I don’t want a hot cup of anything so if I could choose to have cold brew or iced coffee that would be my option.
If there’s one thing you should know is that with any iced coffee or cold brew that the more ice that melts the waters down the taste, so do like I do and just drink the whole thing as fast as you can while still enjoying it. Thank you, may I have another!