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Old 06-13-2007, 09:48 AM   #11
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I looked around on the net and 3-4 was the average. I ended up putting in 4. I hope it's not too strong "lol". My DH probably will like it strong.

By the way the recipe was to boil 4 cups of water, steep the tea bags, add cup and 1/2 of sugar and than add 8 cups of cold water.
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Old 06-13-2007, 09:54 AM   #12
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I've never heard of a gallon-sized tea bag! You use one to make a gallon of tea?!

If that's the case, why wouldn't you use 16 cup-sized tea bags in place of a gallon-sized one?
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Old 06-13-2007, 10:19 AM   #13
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Andy, I think they're advertised as "family-sized" tea bags.
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Old 06-13-2007, 11:29 AM   #14
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Thanks, Katie.

I was a bit confused. I use 12 regular tea bags to make a half gallon of iced tea.
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Old 06-13-2007, 11:34 AM   #15
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12 regular tea bags for a gallon seems like a lot? No?

The recipe said to boil 4 cups of water, add the tea bags, steep and than add 8 cups of water. That is a total of 12 cups of water, which I believe is close to a 1/2 of a gallon.

It called for one gallon size tea bag, which I'm assuming is the "family sized" tea bag.

I used 4 tea bags. Does that sound normal?
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Old 06-13-2007, 11:43 AM   #16
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I just found this. Based on this recipe which is for a gallon, I would say I didn't do so bad choosing to put in 4 regular size tea bags for about 1/2 gallon

Southern Sweet Tea*
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Old 06-13-2007, 11:54 AM   #17
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It seems Lipton's recipe is 2 Family size bags per 8 cups(1/2 gallon) of water. So 4 Family size bags per 16 cups(1 gallon) of water.

I dunno what ratio of tea to water we use. A tea bag in a pot to simmer for a few minutes with the lid on. Pour it in the pitcher and fill it with water. Voila! Tea!
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Old 06-13-2007, 07:34 PM   #18
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There is something either odd about the recipe I followed OR down south they like a LOT of sugar. MY DH and I couldn't believe how sweet it was. IT called for 4 cups boiled mixed with 1 cup and 1/2 of sugar. than add 8 cups of cold water. I ended up adding so much more water, that i lost track of how much more I added. Let's just put it this way, we already had a few glasses and I practically just turned a 1/2 gallon into almost a full gallon jug by adding more water "lol".
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Dear legend, darlin'! In the south they serve something called "sweet" tea and it IS sweet. It will curl your teeth. I like my tea sweetened, but I don't care for the southern version, so I usually order unsweet tea and sweeten it myself.

You have made traditional "sweet" tea! Welcome to the South!
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