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Kombucha - did I steep the tea for too long?

PostPosted: Sun Dec 16, 2018 11:11 pm
by kefir_14

The short:
Oops I steeped my loose leaf black tea for an hour! Should I start again?

The long:
I have made a few batches of Kombucha which have turned out well. I started a new batch and poured 750ml boiled water into my teapot with 1/2 cup sugar, 4 teaspoons loose leaf black tea (English Breakfast blend) and intended to steep for 10 minutes. I forgot to remove the tea and about 1 hour later I realised and removed the tea.

Should I brew a new batch of sweet tea or do you think it will be ok?

I guess the main issue is tannins & bitterness but not sure whether or not this will be an issue? I’m guessing loose leaf tea may be more forgiving then cheap tea bags.

Normally I remove the tea after 10 minutes, let it cool and then add 750ml water and 1 cup starter liquid from the previous batch.

I have seen various different recipes that suggest anything from 5-15 minutes and even up to 30 minutes steeping for black tea.

Look forward to hearing your thoughts and suggestions.
Many thanks!

Re: Kombucha - did I steep the tea for too long?

PostPosted: Mon Dec 17, 2018 4:57 am
by cerbu
it's ok, just add one more cup boiled and cooled water