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Default Iced Tea.... whoís making it??

How do YOU make it? Iíve been on a sweet tea kick lately and I usually buy it in the gallon jug from Publix. Iíve tried brewing it myself but it never seems to come out right, itís either to watered down or not sweet enough so Iíll add a pinch more sugar and now itís to sweet. I just canít seem to find the right combo. Any tips or tricks?? I guess for now Iíll keep stopping by Publix. Lol Thanks
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Red diamond. Follow the directions and you can’t go wrong, since I have not had alcohol in over a week I have been drinking a gallon a half of tea per day And about two lemons per day
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I'm an Arizona Arnold Palmer Lite man myself. I will drink regular iced tea, McDonalds sweet tea and any other iced tea I can come across. My go to non-alcoholic drink. Never tried brewing it.
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I have always brewed sun tea. During the hot summer days put a glass pitcher out that is likely about a gallon or somewhat less with several luzianne tea bags. Let it sit out on those really hot sunny days then use 1/2 to 2/3 cup sugar and boil with a cup water. Once it has dissolved I muddle mint into the sugar water and then put in the tea. Have been doing this for years. You can save some of the mint sugar water for mint juleps too.
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Three family sized Luzianne bags in a gallon of water. I just leave it on the counter during the day and put it in the fridge when I get home from work. In the morning I squeeze half a lime in it and take it to work. Start the process over for the next day. No sugar for me.
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i boil water in a med sauce pan about 1/2 full with 3 regular lipton or Luzzian bags for 2 min then squeeze the bags and pour the tea into a pitcher plum full of ice. after the ice melts as much as it will, i add more ice. been doing this all my life. some may not like it like this, but it's what i grew up on. i used to stir in sugar before pouring over ice, but i quit using sugar years ago. nothing is a thirst quenching on a hot summer day on the water as a jug of iced tea.
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Ice tea is my favorite drink but I use saccharine instead of sugar, I also don't like lemon in my iced tea. I used to make my own with the Iced Tea Machine and I would use a LOT of Lipton tea bags because I like it really strong. The machine quit working and I just started buying unsweetened bottled tea called Pure Leaf and just add sweetener to it. It's not strong enough for my taste but I drink it because it's convenient and the strong tea was staining my teeth bad. If they ever start making a strong version of this you can thank me because I wrote them an email asking if they would consider making a stronger version of it.
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Regular old black tea most of the time. Lipton, etc. 4 family sized bags in a quart of boiling water. Brew for about 12 min. Add water to make a gallon. No sweeteners. Maybe a squeeze of lemon.

My other go to is Tazo Zen. It is white tea with lemongrass and mint. Bags are small. Cold brew it 2 bags to a quart of water, and leave them in it. It won’t over extract. Super refreshing and has a nice, steady caffeine kick. Love sipping on this on road trips and in the hot sun.

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I brew it by buying a gallon of Miloís Tea.

If if you are lucky, your store carries it. Itís in the refrigerated section.
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I am an iced tea snob and I will admit it. I hate go to any restaurant and tell you the type of kid that they are using. I've also been known to throw teal way if it's instant. I don't use sugar, I really enjoy putting vodka in it. If you want something different look for something called blend, it's kind of a citrus sweetener. I make tease many different ways depending on how motivated I am and what I'm looking for. I have an ice tea machine, I also boil water, I also use cold brew.

i've also tried to study hall different restaurants make iced tea and try to replicate it if I like it.

I'm not kidding when I say this this thread is making me thirsty for some tea. I love it
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Like the other post... Milos, it is as good as it gets.

I havenít brewed tea in decades but, when I did I used a coffee maker. Something like 6 small tea bags and brew the entire pot. Dump the port in a tea pitcher with sugar and fill to the top with water.
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I use sweet tea and Make it into Kombucha ...

12 PG Tips tea bags 1 cup Sugar brew 20 minutes @ 160 degrees max ...

Let cool to room temperature add to Scoby & Starter

I add way more fruit and DO NOT Refrigerate The second ferment !


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To make a gallon I put ten small or four of the family size in my drip coffee pot. 10 cups of water and run it through the cycle. Let it stand in the pot to cool so it doesn’t get cloudy.

I add one flavored tea bag from time to time to mix it up. Yogi “Fasting” is my favorite to add a different flavor.

I sweeten with either honey or stevia.
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I drink nearly a gallon a day, every day and have for decades. I no longer use sugar so here's my current brew:

3 of these
https://www.bostontea.com/products/b...ea-mint-in-tea

and 1 of these or 2 if I'm trying to speed brew a new batch
https://southernbreezesweettea.com/p...SABEgIbnfD_BwE

in a gallon pitcher with just hot tap water.
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I usually make mine a 16 oz glass at a time. Fill a 16 oz glass 1/2 way with (8 oz) water, add 1 tablespoon of sugar and 1 Lipton tea bag, microwave for 1:20, the let stand for 5 minutes fill to 3/4 with cold water and let stand for another 3-5 minutes and then add ice.
On the occasions I make 1/2 gallons, I just make 4 16 oz portions and fill a 1/2 gallon jug.
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Originally Posted by OReely View Post
Three family sized Luzianne bags in a gallon of water. I just leave it on the counter during the day and put it in the fridge when I get home from work. In the morning I squeeze half a lime in it and take it to work. Start the process over for the next day. No sugar for me.
Just tooooo simple, but you have to get over all those additives that come in the bottle.
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Originally Posted by Ifishalot View Post
Like the other post... Milos, it is as good as it gets.

I havenít brewed tea in decades but, when I did I used a coffee maker. Something like 6 small tea bags and brew the entire pot. Dump the port in a tea pitcher with sugar and fill to the top with water.
I like tea this way - need a dedicated pot though or tastes funny switching back and forth to coffee .
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Originally Posted by OReely View Post
Three family sized Luzianne bags in a gallon of water. I just leave it on the counter during the day and put it in the fridge when I get home from work. In the morning I squeeze half a lime in it and take it to work. Start the process over for the next day. No sugar for me.
Just tooooo simple, but you have to get over all those additives that come in the bottle.
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Just tooooo simple, but you have to get over all those additives that come in the bottle.
Nothin' like a heapin' helpin' of calcium propionate or sodium benzoate to really set off a nice ice cold glass of tea.
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Gallon pitcher of hot tap (well) water, 4 Tetley family tea bags, cup and almost a half cup sugar. Sit it on the counter until it gets room temp and then put in the refrigerator, leave the bags in. Been doing it this way over 25 years.

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