Earl Grey Blonde... tea amt?

Discussion in 'Homebrewing' started by wasatchback, Jun 12, 2018.

  1. wasatchback

    wasatchback Aspirant (270) Jan 12, 2014 Utah

    Looking to make a 4% Blonde Ale with Earl Grey tea. Lightly hopped with Idaho 7 and Mandarina. Similar to Works of Love: Earl Grey, which my wife loved when she had it last year but with different hops.

    From what I’ve read it sounds like 1oz/gallon dry hopped is recommended when using Earl Grey. Not sure if that would be too much considering the low ABV. Was thinking maybe whirlpooling some at a slightly lower temp as well? Maybe get a positive tannin extraction?

    Anyone brew a low ABV beer with black tea?
     
  2. dmtaylor

    dmtaylor Aspirant (204) Dec 30, 2003 Wisconsin

    I made an Earl Grey porter about 20 years ago and I recall 5 bags in 5 gallons to be too much. Use less than you think. Maybe 2 teabags worth in 5 gallons, or no more than 3, would be my next suggestion.
     
  3. GreenKrusty101

    GreenKrusty101 Crusader (730) Dec 4, 2008 Nevada

    Just used some black tea in a Wit...was going to use 2 bags and at the last minute decided to use only 1...glad I did, as the beer probably would have been considerably darker and less subtle.
     
  4. wasatchback

    wasatchback Aspirant (270) Jan 12, 2014 Utah

    Both you guys add the tea post fermentation?
     
  5. GreenKrusty101

    GreenKrusty101 Crusader (730) Dec 4, 2008 Nevada

    No for me, 10 min steep @ KO
     
  6. dmtaylor

    dmtaylor Aspirant (204) Dec 30, 2003 Wisconsin

    I added mine post-ferm, "dry-bagged".
     
  7. minderbender

    minderbender Initiate (187) Jan 18, 2009 New York

    Here's Mike Tonsmeire's recipe for "Earl Grey Mild Ale." He added an ounce at kegging, which seems like a lot.