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it has been oppressively hot in the u.s. this
past week. in response, i've had to switch
from drinking hot teas to drinking things
that wish they were hot teas. my favorite
of these is sun tea.
the problem with sun tea, is that you are
limited in your brewing schedule for tea. if
more of a night person, or you've
finished off the last of your batch at night,
you can't brew more for morning use. in
response to this, i've developed plans for a
night time sun tea brewing device.
this device consists of a number of
systems. included are the auto-tap, which
fills the brewing jar with fresh water,the
artificial sun lamp for brewing, the tea bag
freshening robotic arm, that changes the
tea bags each cycle, the tea chilling unit
that utilizes ice water to chill the tea to a
comfortable drinking temperature quickly,
the pressure chamber that holds tea
pressurized by an internal pump while it
waits to be removed from the system via a
convenient tap, and a small table to rest
your favored tea drinking glass on during
the filling process.
this system is almost totally automatic,
and can brew and chill tea while you
attend to more trivial matters temporarily.
matters such as sleep. all that is needed is
for the periodic changing of the tea bag
magazine, and the actual drinking of the
note: the deluxe model has text message
notification of both the end of the brew
cycle, and tea bag magazine reload
Night Time Sun Tea Brewing Device
[tcarson, Jul 25 2006]
wake up - smell the tea! [xenzag, Jul 25 2006]
Sun tea with Alcaligenes viscolactis
[angel, Jul 25 2006]
||it could be said to be a little bit baked in
the U.K., though your version has certain
novel features so giving it a + anyway
||[xenxag], this version is for sun tea. for
cooler periods, hot tea can be made
any number of ways during dark hours
||I believe it's perfectly allowable to make iced tea by steeping the tea in water overnight in the fridge. No need for pesky sun at all.
||I second [BB]'s 'Ewww' (linky).
||I agree with moom. I think sun tea is good for camping or somewhere you don't have a stove. One can also make a tea *concentrate* by using a lot of tea bags to a small amount of water, then when you want iced tea, just add cold water and ice. It gets colder faster this way.
||I used to drink cold-steeped tea, and found out that "brewing" it in the fridge worked just as well as outdoors in the sun, and was a lot more convenient.