just for a baseline, I made a 1 gallon batch as follows.
1 - 1 gallon size Lipton tea bag, steeped in 1.5 qt 195 degree water for 10 min (just as i would for iced tea)
3 cups sugar boiled in 1 qt water
cooled all to 70 degrees, pitched 1/2 pack nottingham yeast i had
very slow ferment after 1 week, so pitched other half pack. no change. still fermenting very slowly after 6 weeks.
any thoughts, comments, suggestions would be appreciated.
I plan to do some further experiments, but as i said, just wanted a baseline to compare others to.