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the great cold steeping tea experiment... [Aug. 31st, 2010|09:17 pm]
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Marz got a Toddy (cold coffee steeper) this past weekend, and it had directions for tea. Not wanting to waste time or one of her filters on tea, I just did up a half batch by their directions in a pitcher and filtered it through a paper towel lined strainer. This morning I used some of it at their suggested 1:7 concentrate to water ratio plus my usual amount of sugar to make up a gallon of iced tea.

Overall I think it works well. It may use more tea (8 oz of tea to 9 cups water) and take more time (you steep it for 12 hours)  but you can store the concentrate for a week or two easily in the fridge, and mix it up into a gallon quickly. The cold steeping makes a slightly less acidic tea. I was a bit worried about the ability of sugar to dissolve in cold water, mostly because I used to add way too much sugar to cold tea and it would saturate the liquid and settle to the bottom. My current amount of sugar dissolves fine, although it takes a few moments longer than in hot water. 

So overall I'm still playing with it, but if you want to make up a concentrate of tea that can be mixed up quickly for a batch of iced tea, the cold steeping method works.  I have a feeling that the only reason I'd drift back to the hot steep method is that I'll forget to keep doing the concentrate and run out.
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