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Old 06-01-2010, 04:03 PM   #11
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Ok, just whipped up a batch. Here is what I did.

Half gallon batch (decided to do a small test and not waste ingredients)

12 tea bags
8 ounces (by weight) agave syrup.

Mixed agave and hot tap water, then added tea bags. Let steep for a while. Took brix reading (10 brix at 80 degrees.) about 1.040. Pitched into growler with packet of US-05.

We'll see how it comes out. Tasted great, but I just realized I used double the tea bags I normally do.

Oh well.

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Old 06-01-2010, 04:11 PM   #12
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I noticed you use agave because you have it in hand at work, but can it be picked up at a super market? i dont really know what it is, and could you also just substitute with sugar?

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Old 06-01-2010, 04:15 PM   #13
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Sure you can. Agave is nectar from the agava plant. Agave plant is used to make tequila. It's a sweet syrup much like honey. It's expensive. You can always you sugar. I would suggest a raw cane sugar of some kind.

The thing to worry about when it comes to refined sugar like table sugar is, it doesn't dissolve unless heated. I usually cold brew my ice tea, but if you're going to brew it hot and then cool it you can use any sugar you want.

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Old 06-01-2010, 04:45 PM   #14
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have you heard of stevia? i have a plant of that im going to throw in the garden, its a leaf, a herb, a natural sweetener, but i dont think it would ever bring up the og on anything unless you had tons, and ground it up.

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Old 06-02-2010, 03:05 AM   #15
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I suggest you put some DME in there it will give the tea a little body. I use about 3#'s per 5 gallon batch of hard tea.

As for the agave... I discovered putting a cup of it in my secondary when I top up gives my "Cervesa's" a distinctly Mexican flavor.

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So any luck? How'd it come out?

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