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Old 05-30-2012, 03:06 AM   #1
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Has anyone tried brewing beer with tea? Not from it. I would like to try brewing and IPA with maybe some green tea leaves. I hear if they are fermented too long they become sweet. Is this true?
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Old 05-30-2012, 06:01 AM   #2
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Mix a tad of strongly brewed tea in a beer you have and taste before you make 5+ gallons. It's not as appealing as it sounds IMO.
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Old 05-30-2012, 10:24 AM   #3
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Not quite what you have in mind, but I made a low-hopped beer with chamomile and it was great. An IPA could drown out some of the tea but still worth a shot
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Old 05-30-2012, 02:48 PM   #4
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Not quite what you have in mind, but I made a low-hopped beer with chamomile and it was great. An IPA could drown out some of the tea but still worth a shot
Hmm a chamomile IPA....that would be a good nighty night brew.
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Old 05-31-2012, 02:15 AM   #5
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Experimental beer is always fun. It may not turn out as you expect but it is always a learning experience.
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Old 05-31-2012, 02:33 AM   #6
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My neighbor said he once made a green tea beer. He said it was great, but the tea flavor faded after about a month. I'm not sure what style the beer was, but I assume it was fairly light.
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Old 05-31-2012, 02:48 AM   #7
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I did a Chamomile Honey Wheat for my wife. Brewed it as a honey wheat first. Dry hopped it with lemon zest. Made a tea out of loose chamomile and a good vodka for a week, then added it to the secondary. Good summer beer for the ladies.
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Cape Ann Brewing Co. In Gloucester Mass do a Barleywine with 3 kinds of tea that is tasty. Not sure how to go about it.

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Smokey and smooth, the Tea Party is a berley wine made with 3 different styles of tea that were amongst the types dummped during Boston Tea Party. The tea has the added bonus of smoothing out the finish and adding to the complexity.
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Old 05-31-2012, 02:44 PM   #9
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Mix a tad of strongly brewed tea in a beer you have and taste before you make 5+ gallons. It's not as appealing as it sounds IMO.
I think I'd do the same. This way you don't loose 5 gallons of beer. Same thing can be done for fruit additives.
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Rogness Brewing has a great Tea Beer, called "Yogi" I had it on tap at Whip In in South Austin. I had it with Indian food, it was great! (Whip in is a great spot for all things craft beer and they also serve amazeballs Indian food) Here's teh description of the beer from their site:

More than a beer, this is a state of mind. Yogi has a rich copper color with aromas of honey, oak, lavender and black tea. Saigon cinnamon, clove, ginger, cardamom, and black pepper create an exotic flavor profile. Caramel notes are offset by rich tannins. Ideally served at 50 - 55F.

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Pair with bold Asian foods such as Thai and Indian curry. Also pairs well with Tandoori chicken.
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