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Old 04-29-2009, 05:20 PM   #11
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I didnt mean I wont drink cause I will. But did yours retain any tea flavor cause mine seems to have none. Did you also add sugar or just lemonade concentrate?
yeah mine had some tea flavor how long did you let the teabags seep for?


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Old 04-29-2009, 06:20 PM   #12
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yeah mine had some tea flavor how long did you let the teabags seep for?
an hour


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Old 04-29-2009, 07:00 PM   #13
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an hour
I see

next time try 2 and let me know if you can taste a difference
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Firstnten:
When you racked it off the lees was it fully fermented and ready to drink? What was the approximate total time frame? Thanks in advance.

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Old 05-01-2009, 05:42 AM   #15
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Ingredients for sweet ice tea:
8 Tea Bags
Ice cubes
Fine sugar (optional)
Lemon Slices (optional)

How to make ice tea:
In a large saucepan, bring 4 cups of cold water to a boil.
Remove water from heat and add tea bags.
Cover and let stand 5 minutes.
Remove tea bags and pour into a pitcher.
Add 4 cups of cold water and stir.
Add sugar and lemon to taste. Seve over ice.

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Old 05-01-2009, 12:27 PM   #16
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or just go to Mcdonalds and buy thier sweet tea.








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Ingredients for sweet ice tea:
8 Tea Bags
Ice cubes
Fine sugar (optional)
Lemon Slices (optional)

How to make ice tea:
In a large saucepan, bring 4 cups of cold water to a boil.
Remove water from heat and add tea bags.
Cover and let stand 5 minutes.
Remove tea bags and pour into a pitcher.
Add 4 cups of cold water and stir.
Add sugar and lemon to taste. Seve over ice.
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Old 05-01-2009, 12:38 PM   #17
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I see

next time try 2 and let me know if you can taste a difference

I added a 1/2 a bottle of instant tea to my 5 gallon batch, 2 cups of sugar, and 3 Minute Maid frozen concentrates, pretty tasty now even with a a$$ load of alcohol bite. I will bottle it up this weekend.
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Old 05-01-2009, 01:00 PM   #18
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or just go to Mcdonalds and buy thier sweet tea.
That stuff has a weird after taste
Remember don't squeeze the bags of tea when they are done.
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Started a batch this morning from a recipe posted on winepress forums: Hard Iced Tea Time - WinePress.US Wine Making and Grape Growing Forum

Here's what I did:
Hard Iced Tea – 1st Attempt – 3 Gallons

40 teabags (decaf, reg size)
6 cups cane sugar
3 tsp Yeast Nutrient
3 tsp Yeast Energizer
Lalvin 1116 wine yeast

Bring 1 gallon of water to boil. Add 40 teabags. Remove from heat and let steep 2 hours in covered pot. Remove all teabags and discard. Add sugar and stir until dissolved – heat slightly, if needed to help dissolve.

Add 1 gallon water to cleaned and sulfited primary. Add tea/sugar mix. Stir well. Add more water to bring to 3 gallon mark. Take SG reading and add more sugar if needed to reach 1.060 (recipe as is brought there exactly). Add nutrient and energizer. Stir well. Pitch yeast. Cover with light cloth.

I'm going to continue to follow the posted recipe:

Rack when done fermenting. Add sulfite/sorbate. Add 1 can frozen lemonade, taste and add up to 1 cup sugar, if needed. Degas, bottle and enjoy.

I'll let you know how it turns out!

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Firstnten:
When you racked it off the lees was it fully fermented and ready to drink? What was the approximate total time frame? Thanks in advance.
When I racked it, it appeared done fermenting no bubbles in the secondary at all nothing coming up the sides.

Since this is the first time I have done this it was a recipe that i found on another site I'm learning here to.

I started on 2-28 and bottled it this past weekend. I back sweetened it with the cup of granulated and lemonade concentrate.

My concern now is bottle bombs so I have as many bottles in the fridge to prevent that also it will be consumed IMO before that happens.

I have seen almost no lees after moving it to the secondary. I'll let you know about the bottles when I get home tonight


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