How long does homemade iced tea last in the fridge?

This would include iced tea made with boiling water fallowed by steeping and iced cold water. And iced tea made strictly from iced water alone.

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Elizabeth N. September 24, 2019
What would make ice tea syrupy toward the bottom of the pitcher. I figured to much sugar but I slacked way off the sugar and it still does it no matter how I make it it turns to syrupy after a day
 
Juvia R. January 8, 2018
Dose diet tea go bad after a few days in water??
 
Homemadecornbread August 23, 2012
I never leave tea overnight. To me, it loses the snappy astringent-ness and just tastes flat.
 
mvangraaf August 22, 2012
Thank you everyone for your opinions!
 
chef O. August 22, 2012
3 or 4 days in fridge should be ok
 
susan G. August 22, 2012
If you keep the tea refrigerated the 3 - 4 days sounds right. I have had iced tea served to me in restaurants that has the off taste of mold. I assume that means it's not kept in the fridge and/or kept too long. I prefer making it with boiling water to steep, but you can put water and tea in the fridge for cold brewing -- that may have an edge on keeping time.
This is a cold drink recipe with a tea/syrup base. The syrup will keep a long time (refrigerated). If you want a longer keeping period than you get for standard steeped tea, you could use this as a model for a concentrate, then add as you wish. I've really enjoyed it -- http://www.food52.com/recipes/12274_tea_thyme_soda
 
Elaine R. August 22, 2012
I make and consume iced tea all summer long and try to make the amount we will consume in about 3 or 4 days. Beyond that time it starts to taste "stale".
 
mvangraaf August 22, 2012
Thanks. Was hoping for longer, though!
 
Sam1148 August 22, 2012
About a day for us.
It's pretty sturdy in the fridge.
A touch of baking soda in tea rounds out the tannins in iced tea. Just a pinch. Will soften it--especially if you have hard lime water in your area.
 
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