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ICED TEA? Please give me some great tips

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~lauren. said

Having heard about shattering glass going from hot to cold (not that it ever happened to me personally), I use a 64 oz pyrex measuring cup (http://tinyurl.com/y9xq3mq) since I use the – brew the tea hot, double strength in tea leaves, same steep time, cool to room temperature in the pyrex, transfer to an ice-tea glass jug (http://tinyurl.com/ye29qq9) then refrigerate – method. So far so good!

I like your method. How easy is that glass tea jug to clean?

~lauren. said

Actually, if you have delicate hands, I think you can just fit your hand in the jugs and soap it up good! However, that’s not me so (you’re going to laugh) I clean it up really well on the outside and then on the inside, I use a long bamboo/wooden spoon (either end that fits) to swish my dishwashing sponge thingy (what are they called?) inside the jug. Very easy to clean. The jug I mentioned came in three sizes (but same size opening on all three) which is nice and it was very inexpensive.

@threewhales i purchased a baby bottle brush for my hard to clean items (nalgene bottles, tiny glass teapots, etc) and it works wonderfully

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Janni select said

I do sun tea a lot, but of course the key is that it has to be a nice, sunny day when you’re going to do it. :)

Simply add your tea (bagged, loose, however you prefer) and add your water to a clear glass pitcher with a lid. Stick it outside in the sun for an hour. Set a timer, because you WILL forget it. Try to do this around noon or so, when the sun is directly overhead and the temperature is the hottest it will be all day. Early afternoon also works. Unless it’s really hot out, I wouldn’t try it very early or very late in the day. I also wouldn’t try it if it’s very cloudy.

Remove tea leaves/bags, stick in fridge to chill for a couple hours, and enjoy. If you need it immediately after bringing it in, you could of course pour it over some ice cubes in a glass. :)

-Jessica- said

My family has been doing this for some time now; I remember growing up my grandma would always do this, but she would leave the pitcher outside longer than an hour, more like 3-4 hours and then bring it in and discard the tea bags, add sugar and refrigerate… it was a nice strong black tea! Yum!

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Dan said

I like cold brewed iced tea. I just add some tea I have onhand and see what happens. I have came up with some interesting flavors.

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Lori said

I tried cold brewed iced tea for the first time last nite. I threw in some of Samovar’s Ancient Gold and some peppermint before bedtime. Then next mornning, Voila!, mint tea for work…It was quite nice….

I wonder how this cold brewed method would work for green teas?

we’ll never know until we try!

Cait select said

I didn’t have much luck with Tea Table’s Morrocan Mint cold brewed, but then it wasn’t a green that I was crazy about hot. I think it might be nice with a citrus-y green!

cold aloe drink is good, i have green aloe tea….after this batch of hibiscus tea is done i should try that, only i’ll likely forget (luckily my head is attached)

Cofftea said

GREEN ALOE TEA!

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TeaParT said

Here’s an interesting tidbit – Iced Tea was born in Missouri

http://theterraceavenueinn.com/wordpress/?p=570

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iamdooser said

In iced tea, I think it’s pertinent to treat it much the same as hot tea save one thing: strength.

Brew hot. I brew the tea hot, and tend to under brew since the iced tea with be sitting in the fridge for a while. (Ever noticed a change in flavor during cooling with hot tea? That change tends to be less pronounced in shorter extractions.)

More tea. Naturally, warmer temperatures pronounce most flavours, as everything is moving around faster and strikes our tongue in a different way. Try this with white wine chilled versus room temperature. Thus, I brew with about 1.5-2x the amount of tea I would for the same volume hot tea.

Don’t dilute. I do my best not to dilute; if I do I just add a few ice cubes. The same amount of a solute dissolves more easily in more solvent. So if we begin with our final volume in the brew stage, rather than diluting to final volume after brew, we’re more likely to get better extraction. Think Le Chatelier’s principle.

Sweeten. I jump at any opportunity to use honey in my beverages! Personal preference, obviously.

Patience. Brew iced tea to be imbibed hours later, so that we can use the fridge (or freezer) to chill rather than diluting. I often brew a hot tea for now at the same time I’m brewing for an iced tea.

Cofftea said

I disagree on the strength- but couldn’t agree w/ you more on the “don’t dilute” point. It’s just not worth it for me to use 2x as much leaf just so I can use regular ice. I also don’t think patience is really vital- I can have a jug of rather cold tea done in as much time as it takes me to make one cup. For me it’s more planning ahead. I have no clue how many times the thought “Crap! I’m out of tea!” has come to mind lol.

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Cofftea said

I’m finding a new found love w/ matcha limeade. I personally don’t need as much sugar as it calls for, just 1tsp/6oz vs. 2TB. Just add 1tsp of matcha for every 6oz of limeade and shake:) I also love adding matcha (and sometimes also lime juice) to flavored water. If you use a sweetened flavored water especially, you don’t need to add any more sugar. I prefer SoBe Lifewater because it has stevia, not sugar. I use 1TB of matcha and 6TB of lime juice per bottle of SoBe. Chilled ginger and peppermint tisane also makes a great base for matcha lime and lemonade. For a fruity matcha lime/lemonade, add frozen unsweetened black berries or watermelon and blend. If you add ice or fruit, be sure to 2x the amount of matcha, lime/lemon juice, and ginger or peppermint (if you use it) Even if you use unsweetened fruit, 2x the sweetener isn’t needed.

iamdooser said

How do you prevent the matcha from over extracting, other than drinking it quickly?

Cofftea said

What do you mean by “over extracting”?

iamdooser said

Well one can’t really remove the matcha from the brew, so with the leaves still in the water they will continue to extract bringing out bitter notes and tannins.

Cofftea said

Matcha does not steep. It is not a homogenous infusion, but rather a solution. Think of adding glitter to water.

iamdooser said

If nothing else, increasing the surface area of the tea in matcha production would increase the rate and extent of extraction.

And yes, brewed matcha is a solution just like brewed tea. Matcha differs in that it is also a mixture, since the solid tea particles remain whereas in tea we usually remove the tea leaves.

And as mentioned before, leaving these tea participles in (as with matcha) provides an extended duration of extraction.

Cofftea said

If you put a tsp of matcha in 8oz of water and drink immediately, it will taste no different than if you put a tsp of matcha in 8oz of water and leave it there for a half hour (pending, of course, you stir or shake the 2nd cup before drinking) since the flavor comes from the particles themselves not the flavor extracting from the leaves. The only flavor difference between the two would be, as I said, a more concentrated flavor as you get to the bottom if you don’t re-stir or shake the matcha. But this not due to the “duration of extraction” as you call it- it is simply the fact that the matcha particles are more dense then the water so, if you give them time, they sink to the bottom so you consume more with each sip.

iamdooser said

That’s a good point. I suppose with match we’re ingesting it all whether it’s extracted or not. The idea that it will not extract may be moot, but nonetheless inaccurate.

Cofftea said

The flavor of matcha does not extract. It remains in the leaf.

iamdooser said

How have you showed this to be true? On this (“If you put a tsp of matcha in 8oz of water and drink immediately, it will taste no different than if you put a tsp of matcha in 8oz of water and leave it there for a half hour”) taste test?

iamdooser said

Also, I think this is pertinent for you:
Solution:
a. the process by which a gas, liquid, or solid is dispersed homogeneously in a gas, liquid, or solid without chemical change.
b.such a substance, as dissolved sugar or salt in solution.
c.a homogeneous, molecular mixture of two or more substances.

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hey, so this isn’t exactly the normal “iced tea”
but we thought it is nice to put a little twist onto the iced tea and put it on a stick!

just another idea. http://www.shopsanctuaryt.com/blog/frozen-treat-tea-served-popsicle-style/

Cofftea said

The ultimate iced tea! Oooh… chai or matcha ice cream bars?

ha ha! We really love both but if you are in the mood for something more rich i would go for the Chai!

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Simple said

Ever heard of Cold Steeping tea? It works great for select Black & White teas, and Yerba Maté. If you have a french press, it’s really simple…put your tea in (plenty) , stir, add cold water and put in your fridge for some hours with the plunger up. Pull it out of the fridge and pour over ice, or add your additives. Nice!

Cofftea said

The problem w/ cold steeping (we’ll just go w/ this one, not my own personal issues w/ it) is that you need to wait several hours to enjoy it. Hot steeping gives you cold tea in minutes.

Meghann M said

I love cold steeping, if I remember to put the tea in the fridge the night before. It isn’t as fun if I make the cold brew at breakfast and don’t get to drink it until dinner.

Simple said

If you want cold steep right away, another way is to put the tea in cold water and “braun it” with one of those electric stir wands. Then strain and serve on ice. A bit untraditional, but interesting. But remember – anything worth having is worth waiting for.

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Cofftea said

I just found this so I haven’t personally tried it, but it looks cool! Haha no pun intended.
http://www.urbantea.com/p-332-jug-wcooling-rod.aspx

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