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Old 03-12-2012, 12:06 PM   #1
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Hey guys, I have another probably newb question. I plan on racking my first mead onto approx five pounds of dates and about two hundred raisins and I'm thinking I would like to include a tea infusion. I cannot find a good rule of thumb for quantities of tea to use for my five gallon batch and I was hoping someone experienced with infusions could give me a few pointers.

As always thanks in advance.

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Old 03-12-2012, 12:29 PM   #2
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I personally havent tried it yet either but I have a really good chai yerba mate that I am considering using in an upcoming batch.

I have seen a few posts around about it and it seems like the average is about 4 tea bags worth per gallon which sounds reasonable since they will be steeping a lot longer than if you were making a cup of tea.

Don't know if that helps, but I think its the concentration I'm going to try with a one gallon batch, see he it goes.

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Old 03-12-2012, 12:36 PM   #3
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I have tried a couple of cold steeped tea bags in my mead. One used 10 tea bags/gallon in the primary and it came out good IMO. That was "Raspberry Zinger tea" from celestial seasonings and the raspberry taste may have been a little stronger than intended but is working well. Another used 8 bags/gallon in primary & 4 in secondary. That one was a tea with more subtle flavors from chamomile but it came out smooth in the end.

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Hmm, thanks Arpolis, might up it to 8-10 bags in the primary when I experiment then, the chai has a lot of subtle flavors in it

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Old 03-12-2012, 02:00 PM   #5
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This is good info, but just to clarify when you put your eight bags in primary are you leaving them in the whole time your mead is in primary? Thanks for the info! By the way I intend to use sleepy time tea from celestial seasonings, hopefully I can get some of that relaxing effect into the end product.

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This is good info, but just to clarify when you put your eight bags in primary are you leaving them in the whole time your mead is in primary? Thanks for the info! By the way I intend to use sleepy time tea from celestial seasonings, hopefully I can get some of that relaxing effect into the end product.
Im planning a sleepy time tea as well, I figure with that and the alcohol Id have a great sleep aid.
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Old 03-12-2012, 04:39 PM   #7
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Haha yeah I have trouble sleeping so I figured this would be a no miss. Although my mead will have a good bit of sugar I expect.

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This is good info, but just to clarify when you put your eight bags in primary are you leaving them in the whole time your mead is in primary? Thanks for the info! By the way I intend to use sleepy time tea from celestial seasonings, hopefully I can get some of that relaxing effect into the end product.
I left the bags in untill I did my first racking. so yes for the full primary. I saw the sleepy time too and think that would be great. I almost got that but went for the honey vanilla chamomile instead.
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I also like this tea blend, I am dying to know how it turns out!

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I personally havent tried it yet either but I have a really good chai yerba mate that I am considering using in an upcoming batch.

I have seen a few posts around about it and it seems like the average is about 4 tea bags worth per gallon which sounds reasonable since they will be steeping a lot longer than if you were making a cup of tea.

Don't know if that helps, but I think its the concentration I'm going to try with a one gallon batch, see he it goes.
Might I ask about the base mead recipe used for your chia mead?

I'm new at this and want to make a gallon or two using some Chai Guayusa tea bags from Stash Tea Co. Will this work with a basic mead ie, JAOM? I have two JAOMs going; one with D47 & one with 1118 (for dryer mead). Also, two basic meads (about the same as JAOM w/o the spices) one with D47 & one with 1118. And from what I'm reading, the D47's aren't coming out as well since my room temp is only 74 degrees. After trying a3 week mead, I found it way to sweet for my taste. I really haven't used the regular bakers yeast like the recipe suggests.
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