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• Proper maintenance and cartridge replacement or recharging of this equipment according to manufacturer’s recommendation to ensure optimal performance.
c.) Hard Water
• In extreme hard water areas, use a preventive maintenance service arrangement.
B. Tea Brewing Recommendations
1. Iced Tea
a) Automatic Ice Teas Brewing Equipment (3-5 gallon brewing system)
1. Place tea bag into brewing basket. For loose tea, place new filter and tea into brewing basket.
2. Place a clean, sanitized urn with cover in position.
3. Following the manufacturer’s instructions, start brewing cycle. Brew water should be at
least 195°F with a brew basket retention time of not less than one minute. For optimal quality, a total brew cycle of between 3-5 minutes is recommended. Brewing equipment must be checked periodically to assure that this temperature is being achieved.
4. When brewing is finished, stir contents of dispensing urn with a sanitized stirrer if brewing equipment is not equipped with an auto-blend feature and put cover in position.
b.) Automatic Coffee Machine Method/Pourover system (for each gallon of iced tea)
1. Place one 1oz. tea bag into filter basket.*
2. Slide filter basket under brewing head.
3. Place sanitized pot under brew basket and start brew cycle. Brew water should be at least
195°F with a brew basket retention time of not less than one minute. For optimal quality, a total brew cycle of between 3-5 minutes is recommended. Brewing equipment must be checked periodically to assure that this temperature is being achieved.
4. Pour concentrate into a clean, sanitized urn, add fresh, cold tap water to equal one gallon.
* NOTE: For the highest quality iced tea, use a dedicated brew basket and tea
decanter for tea use only.
c.) Traditional Steeping Method (each one ounce bag makes one gallon of iced tea)
1. Place tea into a clean, sanitized container for each gallon of iced tea desired.
2. Preferably, pour one quart of boiling water for each tea bag used and steep for 3-5
minutes. Minimally, tea leaves should be exposed to water at a temperature of 195°F
for approximately 5 minutes.
3. Carefully remove tea bag and add fresh, cold tap water to yield final quantity of iced tea.
d.) For commercial purposes, “sun” tea is not an acceptable practice for steeping tea.
2. Tea Tips
1. Store tea bags in a dark, cool and dry place away from strong odors and moisture. Do not
refrigerate.
2. Never hold finished brewed tea for more than twelve hours at room temperature. Discard
any unused tea after twelve hours.
3. Brew only enough tea that you reasonably expect to sell within a few hours.
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