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Why did my brewed tea turn out cloudy? Can this be fixed?

Cloudy brewed tea?

asked by Miss Karen about 1 month ago

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Lindsay-Jean Hard
Lindsay-Jean Hard

Community Editor at Food52

added about 1 month ago

Hi Miss Karen - here are a couple of previous threads on the topic that might help! https://food52.com/hotline... and https://food52.com/hotline...

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1071292522
added about 1 month ago

Did you refrigerate or chill down your tea?

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Miss Karen
added about 1 month ago

Thank you LJH, I'll take a look at those threads. CV, yes I did chill it. I've been drinking/ brewing tea since God was a baby but haven't had this issue before. It was just weird...

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1071292522
added about 1 month ago

This is a common but easily avoidable issue.

Both Cook's Illustrated and Good Housekeeping have addressed this issue using different explanations for the cause. I would trust the Cook's Illustrated explanation over GH.

https://www.cooksillustrated...

https://www.goodhousekeeping...

Both articles were found using Google search parameter "brewed tea cloudy".

Here is another article:

https://medium.com/art...

that lists five factors that can cause cloudy iced tea.

You will have to reflect on how you prepared your tea to see if one or more of these factors came into play.

There are plenty of other articles on the topic, some from tea shops and manufacturers. Enjoy reading.

Best of luck.

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Miss Karen
added 29 days ago

Thank you. I will read the links.

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Alesta
added 24 days ago

When you make your tea, put 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda in the hot water that you are going to pour over the tea bags. That has always done the trick for me....

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1071292522
added 24 days ago

I do not add any baking soda and my tea brews nicely without it.

It's worth noting that my tap water is from one of the finest municipal water supplies in the country. Our water is awesome, however I know not everyone has great water flowing from their taps.