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Old 02-13-2012, 06:43 PM   #1
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well I was reading a thread on an "8 dollar bush beer" and one of the ingredients calls for tea and I was thinking why not make some tea beer myself. I am heading to the grocery store today as well as my local brew shop to pick up the ingredients so let me know what you guys think about it.

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24 sun tea or dark tea bags
.75 oz of maybe centennial,simcoe, cascade or nugget hops
2lbs of brown sugar
? oz of rose hips
I can of wheat, malt extract
oh yes and and ale yeast whatever is avalible at my local brewshop

boil 2 1/2 gallons of water down to 1 1/4. first add the hops, rose hips and sugar for bittering and boil for ten minutes then the tea so you don't destroy flavor of the tea and boil for another for another 15 minutes. Then add to the Primary with 2.75 Gallons of water and let it ride.

Please comment and don't hesitate to criticize CONSTRUCTIVELY!

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Old 02-13-2012, 07:11 PM   #2
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Okay, interesting idea... but no grain (or grain extract) and no yeast. How is this beer, and not just a large batch of interesting (and potentially tasty) hoppy sweet tea?

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Old 02-13-2012, 08:34 PM   #3
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oh sorry totally forgot about the yeast haha Im still not sure weather to go with a turbo high abv tolerating yeast to get it up to a abv around 20% or just use a regular ale yeast. or what hop strain to use, but I guess Ill figure it out soon. I also may use a malt extract but am unsure what to use. I will post full real recipe and procedure tonight when I brew it!

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I would make this as normal tea: Boil water (add hops as for a beer, at same intervals) then add tea AFTER the boil. Steep for 5-10 minutes, press bags, then stir in sugar, cool, pitch.

Also, take gravity reading after steeping tea and adding sugar. Will want to know what ABV is when it finishes.

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Cool thanks for the input I also bought a wheat malt extract, Im still wondering if I should use it or not or only use half also if I do add malt extract how much brown sugar would be sufficient. I may end up using none at all or wait to use it for my primer. My main concern being weather or not I should use all the malt or if I should only use half a can to leave room in the flavor for the tea. I also just purchased ale yeast and Amarillo hops. I will be going to get the tea later tonight and the brown sugar.

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I think you should check out the Kombucha threads for some advice. I don't have any experience with fermented tea but that's all this is. Without any grain, it's not going to be a "beer". Not saying that is a bad thing though.

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f167/

With 2 lbs of sugar in 3 gallons of wort, that's going to give you about 2.4% ABV I don't see any other fermentables in the ingredient list other than the sugar (could be wrong though).

I dunno... again... I don't have any experience with Kombucha but it kinda sounds like tea flavored hooch. It won't be sweet at all (I don't think) since the sugar will ferment out completely.

As far as turbo yeast... Unless there is a typo and that "2lbs" is supposed to be "21 lbs" or something... like I said, this is going to be about 2.5% ABV so I don't see how Turbo yeast would be needed.

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well i did get the malt extract so i will be using that and plan on adding the sugar after the boil to keep some sweetness hopefully and i went with regular dry ale yeast

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and plan on adding the sugar after the boil to keep some sweetness
My head hurts trying to figure that out.
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I am dying to know how this turns out. Please keep us informed. Maybe a video of the tasting? Also, can you post the starting gravity? You need alot more fermentable sugar to hit %20 ABV.

Wait, does it say you will boil .5 gallons down to 1.25 gallons?

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