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Old 05-21-2013, 03:53 PM   #11
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What is the purpose of the black tea? I have seen this more and more recently but I cannot figure out the purpose. Is it just for flavor?
The tea is dropped in loose. It will fall with the sediment just fine. It adds tannins and a little body to the wine. Just rounds it out is all.
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Old 05-21-2013, 04:19 PM   #12
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The tea is dropped in loose. It will fall with the sediment just fine. It adds tannins and a little body to the wine. Just rounds it out is all.
Does it matter what type or flavor of black tea ? Also does it change the color of the wine using tea in it ?
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Old 05-21-2013, 06:23 PM   #13
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Does it matter what type or flavor of black tea ? Also does it change the color of the wine using tea in it ?
There may be a color change but I do not notice it really. Purple concentrate is still purple. Peach is still peachy... The tea does effect the flavor and the level of tannins is effected from tea to tea.

For instance black tea provides high tannins and better mouthfeel but can be more bitter. Earl grey has bergamot oil in it and I think that helps to soften the bitter tastes. Raspberry zinger tea from celestial sesoning is an herbal tea that has most of the "tea" coming from raspberry and blackberry leaves with hints of real raspberry, sweet orange peel and licorice root. That will give less tannin and mouthfeel but will accentuate some fruity character.

Just use what you like to drink and it should come out fine.
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Old 05-21-2013, 09:17 PM   #14
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There may be a color change but I do not notice it really. Purple concentrate is still purple. Peach is still peachy... The tea does effect the flavor and the level of tannins is effected from tea to tea.

For instance black tea provides high tannins and better mouthfeel but can be more bitter. Earl grey has bergamot oil in it and I think that helps to soften the bitter tastes. Raspberry zinger tea from celestial sesoning is an herbal tea that has most of the "tea" coming from raspberry and blackberry leaves with hints of real raspberry, sweet orange peel and licorice root. That will give less tannin and mouthfeel but will accentuate some fruity character.

Just use what you like to drink and it should come out fine.
Thanks for the info. One last question, would this be the same as just using powdered grape tannin from my LHBS? Or is there any benefit of using tea over tannin powder ? Or vice versa ?
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Thanks for the help folks... I think I'll try Yooper's Welch recipe. I may just use liquid grape juice instead of concentrate though ...

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Thanks for the info. One last question, would this be the same as just using powdered grape tannin from my LHBS? Or is there any benefit of using tea over tannin powder ? Or vice versa ?
I have never used the grape tannin. The idea is the same but do not know if one is better over the other. I am just a big tea drinker and incorporated it into my brewing since it would accomplish my ends.
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Been wanting to make this for a while now. I'm a fan of concentrate wines and this one sounds good. Been doing rice wines and loving it. I'll be doing this wine this weekend.

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Yooper, I would love to try the rhubarb wine. Unfortunately that stuff when available is expensive down here in Texas. Definitely going to try a small batch!

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Yooper, I would love to try the rhubarb wine. Unfortunately that stuff when available is expensive down here in Texas. Definitely going to try a small batch!
My neighbors told me that it's like $8 a pound at HEB! I couldn't believe it, because it grows like a weed here. When they bought a summer place in Wisconsin, the first thing they planted was rhubarb!

I wish I could give you some- I have so much that went to waste. I froze enough for a 6 gallon batch, the the rest is still out on the plants and no longer good (rhubarb doesn't do well in heat).
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If you ever do a road trip to Canada, please take some of my rhubarb!!! I have three plants that produce insane amounts, plus friends constantly trying to give me some and a couple plants growing wild in the alley behind my house.

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