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Old 06-02-2012, 01:44 PM   #1
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Cloudy Ice Tea

How do you avoid this? I used to make ice tea often, but in the past couple of years it's come out rather murky looking. I blamed it on cheap tea bags, but tried more expensive ones. I've even had the bags spring leaks and had to strain it. This is something I always considered a no-brainer, it's just in recent years that I've had this problem.

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Old 06-02-2012, 01:49 PM   #2
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I'm wondering if it's a water quality problem.
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Old 06-02-2012, 04:33 PM   #3
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When I use boiling water it is clear but, when I make sun tea it is slightly cloudy.

It tastes the same, the method depends on my mood.
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Old 06-02-2012, 04:37 PM   #4
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Aunt Bea said^^^^^^^
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Old 06-02-2012, 04:39 PM   #5
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The clouds in iced tea can be minerals and/or tea solids. First thing to try is to let it cool to room temperature before refrigerating. If it's minerals, that might just fix the problem. If that doesn't do it, a mineral problem requires a filtering system that reduces minerals, like reverse osmosis. Or just making tea with bottled drinking water. Water utilities can shift sources from time to time, like between river and well, and that can change the mineral content, as can buying water from another system.

But note that cloudy tea is otherwise identical to clear tea and no hazard, nor does it taste different. If you get caught with a cloudy batch with guest coming, pour a little boiling water into it to clear it.
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Old 06-02-2012, 05:46 PM   #6
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I'm another one bothered by cloudy ice tea, and I actually think it tastes different. I use only bottled water and it's always crystal clear. I won't drink our terrible tap water, so I make both coffee and tea with bottled water.
I use 3 black tea bags and 2 Tbs. of loose Earl Grey to make a gallon of ice tea. I steep the tea in a small pan of boiling bottled water till it cools, and then strain it into the pitcher of ice water. My ice cubes are also made with bottled water. Perfect beautiful tea every time.
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Old 06-02-2012, 07:54 PM   #7
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Well. I should have said that simply going cloudy doesn't affect the taste. But bad water tastes bad, and tea made with it will taste bad, cloudy or not.
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Old 06-02-2012, 08:55 PM   #8
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Do you put lemon in your iced tea Claire?
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Well. I should have said that simply going cloudy doesn't affect the taste. But bad water tastes bad, and tea made with it will taste bad, cloudy or not.
Simply cloudy tea affects my taste of the tea, no matter if the water is bad or good.

Is it not true that we eat/drink with our eyes first? Jes sayin'..
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Old 06-02-2012, 11:27 PM   #10
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When I boil tea for iced tea, I have the same problem regardless of tea quality. I rarely have it happen when I make sun tea so I chalk it up to residue in my pan. I recently bought the cold brew bags by Lipton and they work nicely. The tea is really light in color but has a good flavor. Not as strong or intense as boiled or sun brewed but tasty.
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