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Old 08-29-2011, 01:58 AM   #1
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I just made an IPA batch yesterday (5 gallons). i will leave it in the primary for about 2-3 weeks and then secondary it. i am thinking of splitting it into 2 separate secondarys. i'll do 4 gallons in one and 1 gallon in another. in the 1-gallon batch, i am thinking of adding some green tea packets.

Has anyone had any experience with Green Tea? Do you think that it will add anything or just be a waste? do i have to worry about the green tea packets getting moldy or going bad in the secondary?

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Old 08-29-2011, 03:34 PM   #2
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in an ipa u wont taste it at all.. i made a green tea pale ale with 1oz of hops for a 5 gal batch... the green tea i added was post boil at flame out and was a 1/2 gal of green tea made out of 50 tea bags... i can taste it in the finished beer but it is only a hint... and i would also not add green tea bags that have not been sanitized at all... if u really wanted to add green tea to a beer id add 75-100 tea bags to a half gallon of boiling water then turn the flame out, let the tea sit for 10 min then take out bags, let cool to 70 deg, and add to wort... this is what i would do but to a pale ale bc the taste is not strong enough for an ipa

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Old 08-30-2011, 12:18 AM   #3
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Thanks for the advice. Stones brewery has a green tea pale ale, I have had it yet but have heard good things. How do you think they do it

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Old 09-01-2011, 01:14 AM   #4
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if u really wanted to add green tea to a beer id add 75-100
good info I want to do this but wasn't sure how much to use. Thanks
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Old 11-01-2011, 03:41 AM   #5
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Old 11-01-2011, 11:51 AM   #6
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Thanks for posting that millaj92!

I'm living in Japan and I have easy access to this beer, but I have yet to try it.

BTW, if you have a chance to try any of Bairds beer, go for it. They're amazing!

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Old 11-01-2011, 11:57 AM   #7
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i am thinking of adding some green tea packets.
Please don't do this. I'm an avid tea drinker and 99% of the bagged stuff is far inferior to the fresh loose leaf tea (unless you've found a super premium tea). I would spend the money and get some loose leaf tea (I would go for a sencha or bancha myself - sencha is a higher grade Japanese green while bancha is a standard grade. If you really wanted to splurge, look for something like gyokuro) that looks like it does in that video posted.

To see what I mean, buy some of the green tea you would have used and brew up a cup of it. Then compare it to the loose leaf green tea.

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Old 01-10-2012, 03:54 PM   #8
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Default Sounds like a lot of tea

caseyd,

I have made a green tea pale ale in the past and used much less tea than you are suggesting. I added 1 quart of cold-brewed green tea (4 bags that I let steep at room temp for a week) at flameout. The tea taste was noticeable.

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.25 lb Carafa I

1.5 oz Mt Hood in the mash
1 oz Mt Hood @ 60 min
1 oz Cascade @ 15 min
1 qt green tea @ flameout

Maybe you need more tea to overcome the pronounced hop flavor of an aggressive IPA, but I have had success with much less. Just my two cents.

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Old 02-16-2012, 11:42 AM   #9
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I drink green tea every morning for breakfast and have been thinking about this. I agree with FatherJack, dont use bag tea and more important dont boil it. Green tea needs to be steeped at a specific temp (around 150-165F, but differs for the different teas) otherwise you extract tannins that are bitter and nasty. If you want a good place to get tea I use an online place called Adagio Teas, if you PM me your email i can send you a $5 dollar gift certificate (its one of their promotional campaigns)

I havent done this yet but I would do this one of two ways:
1. add in the tea during the steeping of the grains (less time though I would only go for 3-5 mins for the tea then remove it), for a cup of tea you use 1 tsp per 8oz (give or take but thats average), so I would use that since the grains are going to overpower it.

The second would be like the video and dry hop with it. Though i would test it out on a small cup first with the temp difference to find the time so you dont get those nasty tannins for steeping too long, green tea is delicate and can give bad flavors if not done right.

Im looking into this so will post if I find a good answer

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I'm a novice. And have yet to make a beer( brewing number 0 tomorrow!)
But I have been looking into this for future brewing. I agree with the none teat bag idea the green tea in tea bags
Is vastly inferior. But I was wondering since we seem to have quite a few tea afficeanados here, is matcha a good add?( powdered tea) or would the price be what keeps you from suggestions that?
Hope this thread keeps going cause I am all about making this!
Best of luck with making this recipe bud!

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