This recipe is as easy as it gets. And there is so much room for creativity and experimentation. From the types of tea, you use to the flavors you add. If you’re looking for a simple and extremely refreshing beverage we’ve got you covered.
With the rise of seltzers in the last few years, there have been some similar trends popping up for alternative alcoholic drinks. Depending on which ice tea you grab at the store you’ll get a mixed bag of types of fermentation or alcohol used in them. Some use a clean spirit base and some even use a malted beer background. Our goal with this is to have a dry, light, and super refreshing tea beverage.
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This recipe can be swapped out with any tea or fruit addition you want the options are endless. today we’re making a 1-gallon batch but feel free to scale this up to any size you want. You are actually just combining a few ingredients like tea, water sugar, and yeast. But there are a couple of key tricks to keeping your ice tea clear.
Were using black tea which likes to be steeped at around 210 F. Just below boiling for about 3 to 5 minutes. The longer you steep your tea the more intense flavor you can get. But you’ll also extract more tannins. Too much tannin extraction could lead to astringent and bitter flavors.
The second step is to slowly cool the tea down to room temperature. This will also aid in clarity. For this 1 gallon batch, we will brew up 30 grams of loose tea and 1 liter of water for 3 minutes. Later we strain the tea into a separate container and let it sit on the counter until its cooldown to around 70 F.
Pitching the yeast and adding the fruit
We are adding 2/4 gallons of water into a fermenter. Filtered water is ideal for the best tasting final product. After the water, we add 2 cups of sugar. Sugar is the food for the yeast. Depending on how much you add the stronger your final product will be.
At this point, you can also add the cooled tea. Once the tea is in and the sugar is completely dissolved it’s time to pitch the yeast. Were using SafAle US-05 American Ale yeast which is clean fermenting. Just sprinkle it in, close the lid, give it a light shake and then add an airlock. Set it in a cool dark place at 69 F for 7 days to ferment.
Were going to be using 1 lb of frozen peaches to flavor our tea. Frozen fruit is great because the freezing process breaks down the cell walls letting the flavors transfer into your brew easier. We drop a bag of fruit into our keg and racking the hard tea on top. The tea has a beautiful light yellow hue and a little bit of haze from the peach.