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Old 06-25-2007, 07:13 PM   #1
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Hello, I wanted to sell bottled iced tea at my shop. I am researching right now about bottle, ways I can do it and checking to see how long the iced tea will last before spoiling. Anyways the only idea I can think of so far is using mason jars. I dont know how long they will last but my target is 15-30 days. From my understanding it should last at least a month. I dont know what preservative would work...maybe honey?

You beer guys might have some beer making knowledge that can help my situation. Thanks

 
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Old 06-25-2007, 07:54 PM   #2
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Wtf?..............
spaceflip sounds right.
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Old 06-25-2007, 07:57 PM   #3
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Start here:
http://www.howtobrew.com/section1/chapter11.html

Ignore any reference to fermentation or priming sugar.

I don't know how long iced tea lasts. Perhaps refrigeration is necessary.
The only thing that honey preseves is itself.

I wouldn't use any preservatives. Keep it fresh.

Brewers don't use mason jars. Try a pickling forum.
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Old 06-25-2007, 07:59 PM   #4
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Maybe add crushed campden (however you spell it..) to the tea like they do with wine? Then bottle, mason jars would work I guess because there isn't any carbonation. Just make sure whatever you bottle in is sanitized.

Still a weird question...

And unless its AWESOME ice tea who wants to buy a mason jar of icetea?

good luck though!

 
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Old 06-25-2007, 08:23 PM   #5
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Quote:
Originally Posted by greenhornet
who wants to buy a mason jar of icetea?

good luck though!
Unless the "iced tea" is simply slang for moonshine then a mason jar would be perfect.

 
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Old 06-25-2007, 08:24 PM   #6
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Matt Foley
Unless the "iced tea" is simply slang for moonshine then a mason jar would be perfect.
Then is "at my shop" code for "my backwoods huntin' shack"?
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Old 06-26-2007, 02:08 AM   #7
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beer has hops to act as a bit of a preservative. I have no idea how to keep iced tea stable in a clear jar for 30 days. Honey sure won't do it.

I know my iced tea machine says you should drink the tea in 5 days or less, and its to be kept cold too.

 
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Old 06-26-2007, 02:23 AM   #8
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Pasteurization. I can't comment on how long it will last, but 'canning', whether it's with mason jars, bottles, or actual cans, is done very hot. If there aren't any little nasties in there, the product will last longer.
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Old 06-26-2007, 02:09 PM   #9
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Being from the south mason jars are synonymous with drinking tea. The restaurant Po Folks use to serve drinks in mason jars. Don't know if the still do haven't been to one in years I think is called Folks now .

If proper canning methods were used, no reason why the tea would not last indefinitely at least as far as spoilage, don't know how long it would taste good.
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Old 06-26-2007, 02:29 PM   #10
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Considering that tea can easily be made with boiling or near boiling water and then transferred, still boiling, to mason jars I suspect abra is right. If you put a sanitary item inside a sanitary container under saintary conditions it should be safe to consume for ages.

Flavor is the only thing that might degrade and even that could be controlled if you keep it out of light as much as possible (say by only having a couple on display and only selling the jars out of a sealed cardboard box)
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