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Iced Green Tea
"We have 32Gb iPhones in stock at the Victoria Street branch", said the O2 website. Well, that is but a short walk from my work place, so off I went. And found, as I approached, a burly security guard explaning to approximately one person every three seconds that no, they had sold out this morning.

To console myself, I bought lunch at the sushi shop next door, and also a bottle of fine Japanese green iced tea with nothing added and especially no sugar. And I thought, as I was coming back, that I have plenty of green tea teabags, and could get more green tea, easily enough, and that £1.95 was really quite a lot for what was essentially tea and water.

But how to make cold, refreshing, green tea, using only the tools I have in the office? Google finds lots of arguments. I should add that instant iced teas are available in the UK, but last I saw they all had either sugar or sweeteners, and I am a bitter drinker.

The tools in the office, incidentally, consist of:

A source of nearly boiling filtered water.
A source of chilled filtered water.
Hot and cold taps.
A microwave oven.
A fridge.
A toaster.
A large mug.
A plastic 500ml bottle that once contained green tea.
No sun.

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Well, you could make some tea using the hot filtered water in the mug, pour into the bottle, then cool the bottle under a running tap, before finally chilling the bottle in the mug now filled with chilled water...

Buy green teabags. Make green tea. Put it in the bottle. Put the bottle in the fridge. Next day, drink the green tea, and repeat from "Make green tea".

This isn't going to generate the industrial quantities of green tea I'm after, but I think that Mishalak's approach might, if I can find something to put the strong undiluted tea into.

Make green tea at about quadruple (4x) strength using nearly boiling filtered water. Let it cool for a little bit and then add it to the bottle and add chilled filtered water until you reach your desired strength.

Or just store the 4x strength concentrate in the refrigerator and dilute as needed whenever you want some to drink, since you have chilled water to mix with. Saves space in the fridge.

My experience with tea concentrate in the refrigerator is that it becomes cloudy. Tea needs to be cooled completely before it is refrigerated and probably should be diluted before storage. It may just be that it is the temperature thing, but diluting before storing solved my problem and I'm reluctant to push the envelope on this.

Does the cloudiness affect the flavor or is it an aesthetic issue? I've never even thought about whether iced tea was cloudy or clear. Or rather, I suppose I've vaguely noticed that it's cloudy sometimes, but never considered it an problem. Huh. (Now I'll have to go read about it.)

I don't know if it truly affects the taste. I notice a difference, but that could just be because it looks wrong. If I had friends I could suborn into helping me I would make two batches and have them give me a taste test to see which tastes right. With concentrate it gets really cloudy if you shock it.

Sell the microwave. Use the proceeds to keep yourself in expensive bottled tea.

(Otherwise, mishalak's suggestion sounds good)

I think Land Securities Trillium PLC would have something to say about that.

Do you have a carbon dioxide fire extinguisher and a thick tea towel? You could make dry ice with that.

Or try hibiscus tea, which can be made using room temperature water if you give it more time.

Ah, yes, that sounds like a bit of a plan too. I think I am going to bring in an old 2l fizzy water bottle tomorrow and experiment.

I hadn't really thought about drinking tea cold before, though all my close associates know that I routinely drink coffee at room temperature and have done for many years.

Room temperature coffee, euww! (And yet, I am perfectly happy to drink iced coffee when it's hot.)

I vote for mishalak's technique as well, although you can speed things up by pouring the extra strong tea over ice cubes (if your fridge has a freezer compartment and that freezer compartment has an ice cube tray (which is starting to sound like additional lyrics to "The Farmer in the Dell")).

I got the last 32GB iPhone in my branch of O2 (And I believe, from what was being told to me about stock, the last in Bristol). It's good, but not four hours queuing good.

I vote for mishalak's green tea technique.

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