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I like sweet tea. I have at least 1 glass per day at lunch. I stopped buying it by the gallon and started making my own to save money. After I make it I put it in a cleaned plastic gallon jug that a store brand of tea came in. Now the problem. It seems that the tea will taste OK for about a week and then it starts to taste funny. As in real funny. What would cause this to happen? I didn't have this problem before. And yes, I clean out the jug every time it's emptied. Help!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I may be old but I ain't dead!
Most likely, the sugar in the tea is beginning to ferment a little. Commercially-brewed tea will have some preservatives in it to slow down the process. Either brew smaller quantities, or consume it a little faster.
About all I got is to rinse out the jug with laundry bleach, and then thoroughly flush the jug with fresh water before refilling with tea to keep the bacteria knocked down.
― Douglas Adams
Teach is right, it's too old. I am the sweet tea maker in my house. I make a new gallon every other day.
I prefer it aged a few days rather than fresh made, but a week is too old.
I get mine from Smithfield Chicken and BBQ---- the jugs have screw on caps and make
good jugs to fill with water and shoot.
That is exactly what my wife uses. A gallon sitting on the top shelf of the fridge still tastes good after 3 days, if it makes it that long.
Sounds like you're making kombucha.
Look at the funk in that picture!
Nope. The stuff I'm talking about is more like a dust bunny in the bottom of the container. Or like a 'mother' in the bottom of a wine bottle because the wine was not properly filtered before bottling.
Yeast spores are EVERYWHERE. So are bacteria. All they need is moisture and a food source to get down to the reproductive business. Reason sourdough bread tastes different in different regions across the country is because of some of the unique yeast spores that get mixed in with the sourdough 'starter' dough over time. While that starter is mixed in with some more dough and working, there's stray yeast settling on it from the air. And that stray yeast alters the taste of the finished bread.
― Douglas Adams
There's your problem. Stop putting sugar in your darn tea...................:tooth:
Somebody had to do it.............
Oh, I agree with the glass tea jug thing, too. I've always used one of the glass tea jugs from Wally World. Since my dishwasher moved out, I put it in the electric dishwasher between new batches.
What i really love to do is put some good spring water in a gallon or larger jug. Then put some Lipton or Lousian Tea bags in it and set it out in the sun. Sun tea is just so smooth. However, if you store it with sugar you'll still get off flavors within a week. Even without sugar the flavor will deteriate over time. Just make enough where you can drink it within a week or less. Also sweeten it as you drink it. Don't sweeten more than you can drink in a day or two.
And that's why my mother would throw out the starter culture after a few months and start over, because as it built up the stray yeast would create off flavors.