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Old 09-09-2009, 09:43 PM   #11
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Well, I had a whole reply typed up, then realized arover is probably right. Matcha powder is probably the easiest way to go about this. If you want to use regular tea, just dont use green tea bags. I've never experienced a good bagged green tea. Buy loose leaf (dragonwell maybe?)

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Old 09-09-2009, 09:54 PM   #12
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We just steep our tea in a separate pot while wort boiling, then add it to the wort after flame out. 48 tea bags of Earl Grey in our Earl Grey Pilsner, great summer brew.

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Old 09-09-2009, 09:58 PM   #13
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Well, I had a whole reply typed up, then realized arover is probably right. Matcha powder is probably the easiest way to go about this. If you want to use regular tea, just dont use green tea bags. I've never experienced a good bagged green tea. Buy loose leaf (dragonwell maybe?)
While, when it comes to green tea, the bagged tea is less than often great, I don't think he should be aiming for quality tea to begin with. Any green tea will give that well-known green tea flavor imo, the individual strains will just impart their own unique accent to the flavor. The bagged tea would save him the mess of dealing with a massive tea strainer...be careful of what temp the tea is added at though, at boiling temps you get some very sharp, unwanted flavors as far as green tea goes. I still stand by my matcha idea though
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Old 09-09-2009, 10:00 PM   #14
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We just steep our tea in a separate pot while wort boiling, then add it to the wort after flame out. 48 tea bags of Earl Grey in our Earl Grey Pilsner, great summer brew.
I'd be curious to see your recipe for that one, sounds delicious and unique! Earl Grey has a stronger flavor to it though, and I can see it working much easier than I can a green tea ale. Actually, now that I think about it, would the flavor match better with a Pilsner? I just hate the extra effort required in lagers
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Old 09-09-2009, 10:01 PM   #15
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Yea, you are absolutely right about that. The subtlety of different varieties would probably be lost in a beer too. Matcha would be perfect. Might even turn your beer green too!

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Old 09-09-2009, 10:14 PM   #16
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Yea, you are absolutely right about that. The subtlety of different varieties would probably be lost in a beer too. Matcha would be perfect. Might even turn your beer green too!
You both seem to be pretty confident matcha will work well. I will play around with it and see what we can do.

I should just realize this will end in me doing a double batch and seeing which one works better, or if either works at all! HBT, always giving me more ideas than I have time.
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Do tell me when you try to brew it and how it all goes! I'm very curious as to how it'll work out..

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Old 10-12-2009, 09:09 PM   #18
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Did you end up brewing this one? Curious to see how it turned out.

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Old 10-13-2009, 01:06 PM   #19
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Did you end up brewing this one? Curious to see how it turned out.
Not quite yet. My brew buddy and I had way too many brews we wanted to try before this one. We have a list and this is on there working it's way to the top. I will post when it is all done.
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Old 10-14-2009, 05:58 AM   #20
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Alright...I'm interested in brewing this. I think I'm going to do it next week or this weekend. But first here is the recipe I'm looking at (please provide feedback and critique)

Partial Mash:

3# American Two-row Pale Malt
1# American Munich
.5# Carapils
.5# Honey Malt
3# Light DME

Centennial .25 ozx (60min)
Cascade .25 oz (30 min)
Cenennial .25 oz (15 min)
Cascade .25 oz (15 min)
Centennial .25 oz (2 min)

*Add 50 grams of green tea shredded leaves to boil at 15 min (to sanatize?)

Will this amount of green tea come through? I read a micro brew in I think Wisconsin started brewing a green tea ale and they utilized 500 grams per 50 gallon batches.

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