I just re-brewed this for a friend today, he really like it the last time. Last time it ended up at 7.5%, back sweetened and added tea (because it lost all of it's tea flavor), it went down to 4.5% which isn't bad, but we want it a higher.
5 Gallon of Arizona Southern Style Real Brewed Sweet Tea
1 cups of corn sugar
10 cups (5 pounds) of cane sugar
zest from 3 lemons
1 packet Cote de Blanc yeast
I took 1/2 gallon of tea, heated it, and dissolved all of the sugar, then added all of the spent lemons and boiled it for a few minutes for extra lemon flavor. i ended up with 5.5 gallons with the sugar additions.
The OG was 1.086, if it gets close to last time it should end up under 1.0 (.996 last time). If my math is correct, that should yield approx 11.2% abv. After fermentation I plan on back sweetening and add more tea - up to 2 gallons - it should drop down to 8%, exactly where we want it.