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Old 03-09-2013, 02:41 AM   #41
dawnpd
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Quick question I followed the recipe from twistedrancher and tried it and tested it couple weeks ago was really strong reading about 0.998 and 15% but no ice tea taste so back sweetened it and split in two with more tea bags and sugar ... So it's been sitting for a couple more weeks and test it again today and sitting at about 10-11% and same sg but only tastes kinda lemoney
So my question is can I add some reg ice tea when I bottle to taste or do I have to add to carboy in case yeast starts Back up ? I'm really trying for the twisted tea flavour any tips appreciated as this is only second recipe I tried myself without the store bought boxes thank you

 
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Old 04-03-2013, 10:36 PM   #42
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Ok, this is my second ever batch of anything.
My question is at what temperature do I store this while it ferments?
Its starting to get hot here in Texas so I need to be able to adjsut accordingly. Thank you.

 
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Old 04-03-2013, 10:52 PM   #43
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I ferment my apples at 72-75F

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Old 05-29-2013, 02:10 AM   #44
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I made the OP recipe (arizona sweet tea). I fermented about 6 weeks (maybe longer), it ended up at 7.5%. However, there isn't a whole lot of tea flavor left. I need to back sweeten and it def needs more tea flavor, I'm ok with loosing ABV points. I'm thinking about either making a concentrate from scratch or getting another gallon of sweet tea and reducing it on the stove (to make a concentrate). Thoughts on which sounds like a better idea?

 
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Old 06-09-2013, 09:03 PM   #45
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I'm making another batch. The 1st 2 gallons came out good and I had to make a 6 gallon batch. It's been 3 weeks now it seams like it's taking longer than I was expecting. The starting gravity was 1.062 and has been at 1.042 for a week now. The bubbles in the airlock slowed down to like 2-3 bubbles a minute. Yesterday I desided to add another packet of lalvin k1-v1116 yeast and 1 tsp of enegizer and 1 tbsp of nutrient. Now it bubbles every 1-2 seconds.

 
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Old 06-15-2013, 08:12 PM   #46
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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
6 lemons
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.

 
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Old 06-16-2013, 10:40 PM   #47
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I checked the sg today and it's 1.000 and still going strong. This stuff took off like a rocket. I'm thinking about putting it in a secondary ferminter. It's really light in color and it really cloudy and has a strong sour dough type smell.

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About how long will it take for it to clear up.

 
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Old 07-06-2013, 03:35 AM   #48
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I'm finaly bottling my first 6g batch. It has a sour dough smell. Is that normal or not?

 
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Old 07-06-2013, 03:20 PM   #49
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I'm finaly bottling my first 6g batch. It has a sour dough smell. Is that normal or not?
"sourdough" is not a good sign.
If your trying to describe the bready thickness of cooked sourdough then that should be fine but if you getting any sort of lacto sourness then it might be infected.

Never brewed this either so it may be comepletley normal!
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Old 07-09-2013, 02:55 PM   #50
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have you tried any of the other arizona teas yet?

 
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