8/5 Apricot

This week We flavored the big batch with 1/3 cup apricot puree and 2 tsp sugar and the small with just 1 tsp of sugar.

7/27 Orange

No Cara Cara this time but some nice oranges to flavor a nine day batch. The large batch tasted a little stronger than the small but they both tasted great! We flavored the big batch with 1/3 cup of fresh squeezed OJ and 1/2 tbsp sugar. The plain got a tsp of sugar.  I tried a little different brew technique this time. For the small batch I added two more cups to the pot. Then I added 1 additional cup of cool water (almost) to each, for about 17 cups for the large and 11 cups for the small. I used 22 grams of the best tea buds for the small leaving 37 g for the large. The large got 1 2/3 cup of sugar and 2 cups of starter buch, the small 1 cup sugar and 1 1/4 cup starter. We’ll let the OJ go on the shelf for about 5 days.

July 18 – 9 day Grapefruit

We let the brew go a little long this week. After 9 warm days it’s a potent batch but with the sweet Texas grapefruit we have (1/2 cup) and a full tbsp of sugar. We made the big batch grapefruit and added just 1/2 tbsp sugar to the small batch for our plain (we tried a little extra sugar due to the strength). We’ll check it after 3 days on the shelf.

7/9 Apricot

We flavored this week’s big batch with 1/3 cup apricot puree and 2-3 tsp sugar (there was some confusion with the measuring spoons). Our big batch is about 1 2/3 times our small batch. We used 18 cups of water for the big batch along with 35 grams of tea, 1 2/3 cups sugar and 2 cups starter buch. For the small we use 11 cups water, 22 grams tea, 1 cup sugar and 1 1/4 cups of starter buch.

7/1 Seedless Rindonberry

Rindon gave us some seedless berry puree to use this week! We flavored the small batch (23 g Oolong tea, 11 cups of water, 1 cup sugar, 1 1/4 cup starter) with 1/3 cup of fresh berry puree and 1/2 tbsp sugar. It tasted pretty sweet before flavoring, more so than the big batch. We flavored the big batch with just 1 tsp of sugar. We’ll let this go 3 days in second fermentation.

6/23 Cantaloupe

This week we are going to start making the larger (17 cup) batch plain and flavoring the smaller (11 cup) batch. For the large batch we are using 34 grams of tea, 1 1/2 cups of sugar and 2 cups of starter buch. For the small batch we are using 23 grams of tea 1 cup of sugar and 1 1/4 cup of starter buch.

We flavored the small batch with 1/3 cup of fresh cantaloupe and 1/2 tbsp sugar in each bottle. We’ll check it in 3 days.