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Old 21-01-2011, 18:43   #1
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Huh ! Moldy Iced Tea !?

Anyone ever see this before? I've never heard of iced tea going bad.

And it was in the fridge, and made with the same water, at approx. the same time as the non moldy lemon aid.
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Old 21-01-2011, 18:45   #2
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Never seen it mold but have had it go sour many times, even in the fridge.
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Old 21-01-2011, 19:12   #3
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Sure, seen it lots of times. It is called old Iced Tea. Remedy? Pour it down the drain and make a new batch!!!

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Old 21-01-2011, 19:14   #4
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Guess I need to cut back on the beer an soda, huh?
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Old 21-01-2011, 19:15   #5
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Iced tea never hangs around long enough on our boat to go bad.
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Was the iced tea made with real tea/tea bags? Or was it powdered mix? the powdered mix, and instant coffee, seems to go bad on boats more frequently than loose tea or tea bags.
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Yup! It was mix.
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Even unsweetened tea brewed from loose leaves will go moldy. Don't ask how I know...
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Never drink the "iced" stuff ourselves. But hot tea goes moldy in the teapot in a few days if the temperature's right. Just pitch out the leaves and leftovers, rinse the pot, and make fresh. Weren't going to drink the old cold tea anyway.
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The main thing that makes ice tea mold or sour is letting the tea bags be in boiling water. Bring thr water up to a boil but turn the stove off and let it steep for awhile.

Don't know why boiling the tea makes it sour but it does.
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Iced tea can go bad with bacteria in it. Especially if it's sweetened with sugar. If you make sun tea you should drink it that day as it has been stewing in the perfect conditions to breed bacteria.
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I make sun tea all the time. Sits in the frig for 2 to 5 days with no issues. (no sugar added)
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Don't ask me why -- I'm not a chemist -- but cold-brewed tea seems to have fewer problems with turning moldy, and does not become cloudy, either. Hang a few bags in a bottle of water with the tags hanging outside -- I use 6 regular bags in a half gallon bottle -- and screw the lid on. Stick it in the refrig overnight while it steeps. Take the bags out the next morning.

The beauty of this is that you're not putting a bottle of "hot" water into the refrig and thus it's not increasing the load so much.
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That's why you pour your tea mixture over ice to dilute it down and chill it.
Usually make 2 gallons at a time for a weeks worth of sweet tea and never had issues with going bad.
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That works if you have a lot of ice . . . we never had ice aboard, and just drank "cold tea."
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