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How to Make Iced Tea: Batch Brewing, Cold Brewing, Flash Ice Method

Iced Tea Season is upon us and we're getting a lot of questions on the best ways to brew Iced tea for the season. We've got your scoop on three of the best methods we've found, here!

How To Make Iced Tea: Flash Ice Method 

1. Heat water to usual required temperature for tea.

2. Prewarm vessels. 

3. Measure out tea with usual dose (for added concentration, double dose).

4. Place tea in teapot.

5. Fill teapot with half the desired amount of water volume (e.g. for 12 ounces, fill only 6 ounces).

6. Steep for usual amount of time (as though you were steeping it for hot service).

7. Add ice to brewed tea until desired amount of water volume is reached.

8. Let sit. Agitate if desired to speed cool down.

9. Pour, neat or over ice, and serve.

 

How to Make Iced Tea: Cold Brew Method 

1. Dose Proper Amount of Tea for Steeping (Use 20-32g / liter of water, depending on desired strength)

2. Add cold, filtered water

3. Place vessel into refrigeration

4. Steep 12 hours for White, Green and Herbal Teas, 24 hours for Black and Oolong.

5. Strain tea into another vessel or serving pitcher. Be sure to empty all of the infusion. Heavier oils will tend to settle. Keep refrigerated.

6. Serve neat or over ice.

 

How to Make Batch Iced Tea on a Fetco or Curtis Brewer

As you may have noticed we now offer 'iced tea case' that comes with either Sunstone, Green Mist, Rosella, or Silver Needles.    

We wanted to create the perfect item for you to simply open a package, pour the contents into your brew basket, and brew a concentrate to ice.  

Many of you have asked how to dial in tea on your Fetco and Curtis brewer and we are here to help.  

What are we trying to achieve? 

The goal of this is to make iced tea brewing easy, and economical.  If you are going to create a concentrate we can ice it down and stretch out the servings.  On Tier 1 your serving cost should be around $.3 per cup of iced tea.  

Dialing in Sunstone on a Fet Co

Here you can see I am dialing in with an extract volume and almost no dilution because I am trying to make a concentrate.  I would suggest brewing this over 2L of Ice into a Cambro.

Here you can see I am dialing in with an extract volume and almost no dilution because I am trying to make a concentrate.  I would suggest brewing this over 2L of Ice into a Cambro.  

Here are my specs on Green Mist if your brewer does not get down to 180 don't worry - when we dilute over ice this will cut all the astringency out and make it crisp. 

Silver Needle Specs:

Dialing in a Curtis Brewer

Because the ambient temp option on curtis is always set to 210 degrees - there is no ability to make a variable temp brew.  So with this being the case we have modified specs to be uniform for all teas using the iced tea case.  Please see the attached specs we created - remember this is going over ice 

For this one we are using this particular model

Notes on Storage: 

First and foremost make sure your iced tea is refrigerated at all times! When it is at room temp it will oxidize.  The taste of oxidation is most obvious in green teas - as it tastes a bit like rubber or silicone.   I would not store the tea for more than 24 hours after brew.  

Happy to help and happy brewing!