Homebrewed Unsweet Iced Tea
Every restaurant I have worked in uses a drip method for making iced tea. It comes in bags, you put the filter in, and then you turn the machine on. It doesn’t steep like teabags and the volume of tea leaves is maybe 2x what I would have used at home.
posted by Tchad at 10:36 AM on September 15, 2010
For the homebrew, I’ve switched to Twinings Cold Brew Ice Tea. Easy peasy with just a cold glass of water, and you don’t have to set out to make an entire pitcher beforehand. It really is a minor miracle, esp. at work. Quality stuff.
posted by Capt. Renault at 10:40 AM on September 15, 2010
My parents are both iced tea addicts (unfortunately sweetened, but they’ve been gradually cutting down the amount of sugar over the last few years, so that’s good). My mom used to make sun tea (tea bags in a large glass jar of water, steeped outside in the sun for several hours), but switched methods for expediency.
She now brews her tea (I’m not sure how many tea bags she uses per pitcher, but she just uses the regular old Lipton stuff) in a coffee maker. I don’t know if it’s the temperature the water gets to or what, but it makes for a much more concentrated flavor and tastes just like the industrial brewed tea you get at restaurants and such.
posted by phunniemee at 10:40 AM on September 15, 2010
To replicate the brewing process because I, too, like my ic michael kors canada ed tea, to have some flavor when unsweetened, in my iced tea pot brewer, I put in a coffee filter in the chamber where you put the tea bags which causes it to steep longer/stronger.
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posted by MCMikeNamara at 10:40 AM on September 15, 2010
I let mine michael kors canada soak overnight in the refrigerator. I use 3 4 bags per carafe.
posted by milarepa at 10:40 AM on September 15, 2010
I guess, I was assuming, also, that you were using one of these rather than the sun tea or any other brewing method, but based on response, I’d forgotten that there were other ways. I’m just so in love with my Iced Tea Maker and my family’s been using it for decades.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 10:42 AM on September 15, 2010
I’ve had the opposite experience my home brewed iced tea is usually much stronger flavored than chain stores, which generally tastes like water to me.
Here’s my process: 3 tbl. loose leaf tea to 32 oz of boiling water, steep for at least 4 minutes (we let it sit for 20 min once with no negative effects) and filter (I use my french press) over about the same the volume of ice keep adding ice to dilute to preference and leave in the fridge.
posted by muddgirl at 10:44 AM on September 15, 2010 [1 favorite]
I use two bags of very strong Assam tea per pitcher, steep them in a little boiling water for less than five minutes, t michael kors canada hen dilute this dark brew with ice and fresh cold water. Steep too long and it gets bitter. Use one bag, it’s not strong enough.