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Message 1341676 - Posted: 28 Feb 2013, 16:57:57 UTC

Now for some sweet tea ...


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Message 1341720 - Posted: 28 Feb 2013, 19:05:41 UTC

Looks good. You made that yourself, John?
I always wondered how one makes ice tea...
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Message 1341831 - Posted: 1 Mar 2013, 2:51:16 UTC

In a 1-gallon glass jar:
Fill with cold water to about 1/2 inch below top
Add 6-8 teabags (adjust to your taste)
Cover, place in a sunny spot for 1-3 hours until tea is dark enough.
Refrigerate until cold, or serve over ice.
Options: Slice of lemon, raspberry syrup, sugar to taste.
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Message 1341871 - Posted: 1 Mar 2013, 6:55:47 UTC

Thanx Donald:) Will try it.
I always buy the lipton ice tea in the supermarket but I think home made ice tea is much healthier...
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Message 1341899 - Posted: 1 Mar 2013, 7:43:48 UTC - in response to Message 1341831.  

In a 1-gallon glass jar:
Fill with cold water to about 1/2 inch below top
Add 6-8 teabags (adjust to your taste)
Cover, place in a sunny spot for 1-3 hours until tea is dark enough.
Refrigerate until cold, or serve over ice.
Options: Slice of lemon, raspberry syrup, sugar to taste.

Interesting, you let it seep cold? That should result in quite an altered extraction profile.
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Message 1341914 - Posted: 1 Mar 2013, 8:11:47 UTC - in response to Message 1341899.  

In a 1-gallon glass jar:
Fill with cold water to about 1/2 inch below top
Add 6-8 teabags (adjust to your taste)
Cover, place in a sunny spot for 1-3 hours until tea is dark enough.
Refrigerate until cold, or serve over ice.
Options: Slice of lemon, raspberry syrup, sugar to taste.

Interesting, you let it seep cold? That should result in quite an altered extraction profile.

Sunshine heats the water and steeps the tea slowly. Gives a smoother flavor than a quick dip in boiling water. On a warm California summer day, 2-3 hours in the sun gets it plenty hot.
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Message 1341915 - Posted: 1 Mar 2013, 8:13:55 UTC - in response to Message 1341899.  

In a 1-gallon glass jar:
Fill with cold water to about 1/2 inch below top
Add 6-8 teabags (adjust to your taste)
Cover, place in a sunny spot for 1-3 hours until tea is dark enough.
Refrigerate until cold, or serve over ice.
Options: Slice of lemon, raspberry syrup, sugar to taste.

Interesting, you let it seep cold? That should result in quite an altered extraction profile.

Hmmm....
And I always thought it was brewed as usual, and then iced.
But, the closest I ever got was the instant Lipton's that Julie mentioned.
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Message 1341916 - Posted: 1 Mar 2013, 8:19:01 UTC - in response to Message 1341915.  
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In a 1-gallon glass jar:
Fill with cold water to about 1/2 inch below top
Add 6-8 teabags (adjust to your taste)
Cover, place in a sunny spot for 1-3 hours until tea is dark enough.
Refrigerate until cold, or serve over ice.
Options: Slice of lemon, raspberry syrup, sugar to taste.

Interesting, you let it seep cold? That should result in quite an altered extraction profile.

Hmmm....
And I always thought it was brewed as usual, and then iced.
But, the closest I ever got was the instant Lipton's that Julie mentioned.

It's called sun tea, since the sun heats the water to steep the tea. Used to make 2-3 gallons for family gatherings on holidays. Put the jars out in the morning, be ready to drink by lunchtime.

Nowadays, I keep a gallon jug of AriZona Raspberry Iced Tea in the refrigerator, or pick up a bottle of Snapple Raspberry or Lemon Iced Tea.
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Message 1341919 - Posted: 1 Mar 2013, 8:29:58 UTC

Lipton's green tea site.

I drink a lotta this nowadays...

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Message 1341921 - Posted: 1 Mar 2013, 8:31:12 UTC - in response to Message 1341914.  

In a 1-gallon glass jar:
Fill with cold water to about 1/2 inch below top
Add 6-8 teabags (adjust to your taste)
Cover, place in a sunny spot for 1-3 hours until tea is dark enough.
Refrigerate until cold, or serve over ice.
Options: Slice of lemon, raspberry syrup, sugar to taste.

Interesting, you let it seep cold? That should result in quite an altered extraction profile.

Sunshine heats the water and steeps the tea slowly. Gives a smoother flavor than a quick dip in boiling water. On a warm California summer day, 2-3 hours in the sun gets it plenty hot.


lol. ok, warm extraction then. yeah a few hours in full californian summer sunshine should heat up liquid in a glass jar nicely.

Probably similar to the difference in taste you get between using boiling water on your green tea (chinese method) or cooling the water to ~70C (japanese method).
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Message 1341922 - Posted: 1 Mar 2013, 8:31:56 UTC - in response to Message 1341919.  

Lipton's green tea site.

I drink a lotta this nowadays...

Yeah, that's good too, when you're in a hurry or working too hard....
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Message 1341960 - Posted: 1 Mar 2013, 10:56:30 UTC - in response to Message 1341922.  

I always drink the sparkling one:


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Message 1342007 - Posted: 1 Mar 2013, 13:40:47 UTC

I always buy the lipton ice tea in the supermarket but I think home made ice tea is much healthier...

I worked for Lipton Tea from 1971-1973 in Central London. We didn't do that stuff then. Most of it was Supermarkets own brand tea, and tagged tea bags for export to the far East. We were part of Allied Suppliers which was owned by Unilever. Half the factory was Lipton Tea, the other half was the Bacon Factory supplying Walls among others.

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Message 1342268 - Posted: 2 Mar 2013, 1:50:40 UTC

If the tea was brewed hot (boiling water) then infused and allowed to go cold. It would probably be very strong when refrigerated ...
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Message 1342272 - Posted: 2 Mar 2013, 1:56:31 UTC

I thought Lipton stopped promoting sun tea because of some concern about salmonella or botulism or something like that which is not killed, perhaps even thrives, in that kind of environment. Not that the disease would come from their product, but if your jar isn't completely sanitized whatever is in it would multiply.

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Message 1342284 - Posted: 2 Mar 2013, 3:05:05 UTC

I drink this:

It has 5 calories a serving, at Vons I've seen it for $2.50 a container, today I got 4 for $3.79 each...
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Message 1342566 - Posted: 3 Mar 2013, 1:06:29 UTC

The Kolas just brought me a tube of the Amber Nectar ...
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Message 1342667 - Posted: 3 Mar 2013, 13:41:29 UTC

The Kolas just brought me a tube of the Amber Nectar ...

Sorry about that John, the new ones haven't finished the training course yet. You get 25% of these for the next week as recompense.

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Message 1342693 - Posted: 3 Mar 2013, 15:42:02 UTC

Hmmm...sounds like a good deal, John ;)
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Message 1342714 - Posted: 3 Mar 2013, 16:29:57 UTC - in response to Message 1342667.  

The Kolas just brought me a tube of the Amber Nectar ...

Sorry about that John, the new ones haven't finished the training course yet. You get 25% of these for the next week as recompense.


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