I'm new to home brewing. So far, I've got two kits on the go (one wine, one beer). Over time, I want to go more and more towards doing everything from scratch. But I'm not there yet
Anyway, I thought a nice way to begin that process would be to make my own hard lemon iced tea. I bought a gallon of Nestea Lemon Iced Tea and need some advice on whether or not I can use it for what I want.
Here's what I want to achieve: refreshing alcohol-based summer drink, not too sweet, and with light to medium carbonation.
I've read here on this forum that certain preservatives or additives in juices are not good for use in creating wine/cider/mead (I think the Apfelwein thread was one of them). The gallon of Nestea stuff I bought has the following ingredients: Filtered Water, Sugar/Glucose-Fructose, Citric Acid (Controls Tartness), Concentrated Tea from Tea Leaves, Potassium Citrate, Natural Lemon Flavour.
Does anyone see any problem with those ingredients?
If not, here's what I would plan to do.
Throw the juice in a gallon container, take an SG reading, and adjust with sugar (or dilute with water) to get an appropriate starting SG (I'm thinking around 1.040-1.050 or so, hoping to end with 1.005 or a little less).
So, based on this, could I just follow the same idea as EdWort's Apfelwein recipe, but using Nestea ICed Tea instead?
Any help/guidance would be greatly appreciated!