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Old 01-11-2012, 05:14 PM   #1
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Default Fermented tea ,cider/wine

I do not have a scoby but iv been curious.as to what fermented tea would taste like so I made some similar to the way I make wine.

2cups suger
1gal strong black tea
1/2 pound raisons

I mixed them together in my carboy
Fermentation peaked at 72 hours ended after 9 days at 1 bubble every 2 min.
I placed the brew in my fridge to speed clearing, it was clear after 5 days went from black to a light tan color.
I decided against aging since Iv no clue how well it will age nor did want to wait .
roughly 11% abv
The flavor is nothing like tea however very pleasant and hard to discribe.
It has a faint tea/nutty aftertaste
All in all I'd call this experiment successful and will be making more.
If I can find a scoby I'll try making it correctly :P

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Old 01-13-2012, 03:13 AM   #2
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I haven't had fermented tea made like you did, but I would guess that it is completely different than the kt that a scoby produces.

What kind of yeast did you use? Also, 11 abv and no aging? Man, I don't think I could stomach that.

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Old 01-14-2012, 12:16 PM   #3
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Used regular bakers yeast ,Alabama still has prohibition era laws active so legally Im not supposed to brew and no brew shops. As for taste as long as I sweeten it theres no prob but that's just me tho

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Old 01-15-2012, 03:40 AM   #4
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Dumb. I'd be ordering my stuff online and making beer regardless of alabama's backwards laws. Theoretically of course.

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Old 01-15-2012, 07:41 PM   #5
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Its largely unenforced. theres a bill going to the house to make it legal up to 100 gal a year per person. And legal to transport up to 20 gal at a time. Hope it makes it, took 3 trys to get passed the senate. Only Alabama and Mississippi still have those laws in affect.

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Bump..


Decided to bottle half of it The flavor of the rasions is much stronger however the flavor of the tea is now non existent . Overall the wine is much smoother and better tasting.
If anyone knows how to preserve the teas flavor id appriciate it.

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Old 06-18-2012, 05:05 PM   #7
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Bump..

Decided to bottle half of it The flavor of the rasions is much stronger however the flavor of the tea is now non existent . Overall the wine is much smoother and better tasting.
If anyone knows how to preserve the teas flavor id appriciate it.
I think this is what's happining to my hard tea... I think fermentation took most the flavor with it..
I did
50 green tea
10 chi
20 misc. (left over verity packs)
5lbs sugar
nutrient/energizer
EC-1118
OG 1.060
FG .998
kind of yeastie transferring to secondary but could definitely taste tea but not as pronounced as I wanted.
I'm thinking of throwing sum more tea in the keg while I force carb a week, then bottle..
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Old 06-18-2012, 05:20 PM   #8
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There's a LHBS south of B'ham called ALABREW. Not sure where in AL you are, but I'm in H'ville and just use Midwest online and haven't had any issues. Most cops I know are more interested in trying the beer instead of busting you for making it.

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I made another batch used 2x the tea bags as the first batch with nothing else for flavor. The tea fermented dry. Slightly bitter strong tea flavor. Used lavin-1118 champage yeast fermented to 20% abv. Bottled yesterday.

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how many tea bags was x2 origonal exactly, nice flavour?

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