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2021.07.13 Where to start with tea and craft brew

This series on tea in craft beers has covered:

But for those new to using tea in craft beer, the more pressing questions are:

  1. What types of tea go well with the beer styles?
  2. How do I incorporate tea into the process?

WHAT TYPES OF TEA GO WELL WITH BEER STYLES?

First, it should be stated that there are no hard and fast rules. Tea-beer combinations are still in their formative years, so there is plenty of uncharted territory. There are, however, a few combinations that have gained some acceptance and growth in popularity.

The list below is a starting point, not a definitive guide. Experimentation is encouraged. The next great combo is waiting to be discovered.

These tea and flavor combinations can also extend beyond beer to teas in hard seltzer projects. The door is wide open for using teas that appeal to classic, familiar tea tastes, and for branching out with more new and unique experiences your fan base will fall in love with.

HOW DO I INCORPORATE TEA INTO THE PROCESS?

While there is more than one way to skin the proverbial cat, a simple and oft-used approach is to begin by incorporating tea during post-fermentation. One of the easiest ways involves a brew bag of tea in the storage tank. Start with 1 lb of leaf per 1 BBL. Of course, there are considerations regarding sterilization, but those can be addressed with some hot water.

These basics ideas will help brewers dip their toes into less familiar tea territory. But when it helps to have a guide on the tea side, please partner with someone experienced with developing craft tea-beer, hard tea seltzer, and hard kombucha beverages.

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