Originally Posted by Battery_BreweryNJ
I've done a green tea beer before and the tea flavor only lasts about 2 weeks if you bottle. It goes away with age and your are left with a bland tasting beer. I made the tea 1st(steeping the tea bags) then made the wort. I chilled both then combined in the carboy. I guess it all depends on how you make it. Good luck tho!
Ok everyone, it's done now. Here's the scoop.
Used 3.5 gallons of water for the wort, and 2 for the tea. I used tazo zen, which also has mint and lemongrass in addition I believe. I did not make an especially strong tea, bringing the water to a boil and then turning off the heat and putting in one box's worth of teabags immediately after the boil died.
The result is extremely pleasing, with a very subtle taste of green tea. It is also especially alcoholic, although that may be due to me using less water. The tea makes all gravity readings go way up, by the way.
In retrospect, I would recommend using maybe about a half a box more of green tea. It's really not expensive and it complements the flavor very well. I would also love to try to make a green tea lager, and maybe use a little peppermint schnapps for half of the priming sugar.
While I am at it, I'd also recommend a cream ale primed with peach schnapps. Cause I'm drinking it right now and I am blown away. Also try an american brown and add a half pound of blonde candi sugar, and then dry hop it. Take my advice for whatever you will, I'm a novice brewer but I've tried many a beer and those all are amazing.