I recently got a winter sampler pack by Sierra Nevada, which had 3 Coffee Stout beers. I've also brewed my own coffee stout for early next year. I was wondering, having tried both, they both have a decent coffee taste, but is there any home science way to find the caffeine content of a coffee beer.

FWIW my homebrew was "dry hopped" with 6 ounces of coffee grounds for two weeks, in a 5gal batch. Not sure if that can help with any calculations.

Let me know if this is off topic, and I can move it to the homebrew SE, or even maybe the chemistry or cooking stack.

  • Do you have a spectrophotometer?
    – Alex A.
    Dec 3, 2014 at 20:51
  • I suspect the alcohol content of the beer would throw off basic attempts to measure the caffeine. Dec 9, 2014 at 13:41

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There was a similar question on the Cooking SE site. Perhaps you can try the approach suggested by Adam Shiemke in the accepted answer. He recommended using ethyl acetate and performing a little home science experiment as detailed here.

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