While I was ruminating the AP at Amazon, my attention was drawn to the cold brewers like Toddy,
one of which I acquired after experimenting w/ soda bottles and such. It quickly fell out of favor because it seemed wasteful of coffee (solution: I rewet the grounds after draining to extract more of the coffee goodness) but more importantly, the disk filter was not something that could easily be rigged up at home from found material.
Since I have two vacuum brewers, a Hario and a big vintage Silex with cloth filters, it occured to me to use the big one to cold brew (not seasonally correct, I know, but I just had to share).
Worked great! Just put the grounds in the upper chamber with filter in, and after a day or so break
the seal and perfect cold brew trickles down.
Merely sealing the top chamber to the bottom prevents the coffee from descending whilst brewing. Place a wooden matchstick or something like it, to prevent a seal while draining.
I am a coffee dilettante, and will try to make coffee any way possible (so as to be a useful person if the power grid fails). I hope everyone is surviving well their griefs and joys in this holiday season. My thoughts are with you. Ellen
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