Why is my tea bitter?
Why is my tea cloudy?
Why isn’t all the sugar dissolving in the sweetener chamber?
Can I wash any of the parts of my Ice Tea Maker in the dishwasher?
I have stains on my pitcher is there any way to remove the stains?
Is there any way to remove the stains from my brew basket?
Why is my Ice Tea Maker taking longer to brew than normal?
Can I make iced coffee in the Iced Tea Maker?
If the power button was pressed before adding water, the appliance will automatically shut off; this is a safety feature. Fill the chamber with cold water, wait approximately 5 minutes and press the power button.
The bitterness of the tea may be caused by not using the correct amount of tea or tea bags. Most iced tea makers come with a brew strength adjustment. You can also adjust the strength of the tea by using more or less tea bags or tea leaves to suit your preference.
Iced tea and sweet tea brewed from tea bags or loose tea can become cloudy or look milky. Tea is a blend which is rich in solids, called tannins, to provide a full-bodied flavor. The hardness of the water used to brew and quick chilling of the hot tea over ice can cause clouding. If the tea is cooled too rapidly, the tannins in the tea will settle out and cause the tea to become cloudy. After your tea has brewed, let it sit on the counter and cool to room temperature before placing in the refrigerator. Or, to prevent your tea from cooling too rapidly, substitute cold tap water in place of ice cubes. If you substitute cold water, after water has been added to the reservoir, refill the pitcher with cold tap water to the water line, rather than the ice line.
Another common cause of cloudy tea is using tea bags specifically designed for hot tea versus iced tea. Iced tea blends tend to have fewer tannins, and therefore less chance of clouding. Brewing iced tea with hard water can also cause cloudy tea. If you have hard water, use bottled, distilled, or spring water to brew your tea. After the tea is brewed, refrigerate or pour over ice in glasses.
If you have an older style iced tea maker that uses paper filters, using 2 paper filters instead of one should improve your tea’s clarity.
It is normal after brewing that there will be some residual sugar remaining in the chamber. After the brew cycle, if there is sugar remaining, pour a small amount of water over the remaining sugar to dissolve.
The brew basket is the only part that is dishwasher safe. The rest of the parts should be hand washed in hot soapy water.
Fill the pitcher with equal amounts of warm water and white distilled vinegar so that is covers the stained area. Allow to soak unit the stains are removed, then hand wash in warm soapy water.
Set brew basket in a bowl. Add 1 cup of water to brew basket, then add 1 tablespoon liquid chlorine bleach. Do not add more than recommended. Allow basket to soak until stain is removed, about 5 minutes. Wash basket in hot soapy water, rinse thoroughly and dry. Do not add any other cleaning agents to dilute water/bleach mixture. DO NOT USE WATER/BLEACH MIXTURE TO CLEAN ANY OTHER PARTS OF ICED TEA MAKER AS DAMAGE CAN OCCUR.
We recommend a special cleaning to remove mineral deposits; these deposits can affect the operation of your Ice Tea Maker. To decalcify your Ice Tea Maker – fill the water reservoir with undiluted white vinegar, after placing the brew basket and pitcher in place, set the steeping control to strong and press the power button. After about 1 cup has pumped into the pitcher, unplug the unit and let is stand for 30 minutes, then plug the unit in and allow the rest of the vinegar to cycle into the pitcher.
When the cycle is complete allow the unit to cool and run the cycle twice with cold water in the reservoir.
** Other indications that you may need to decalcify your appliance would be: increased noise during brewing, excessive steaming, and water remaining in your reservoir.
You can make iced coffee in your Ice Tea Maker. Follow the same guidelines as for brewing iced tea, except use 8 to 12 tablespoons drip grind coffee for 2 to 3 quarts, 4 to 6 tablespoons for 1 quart of iced coffee. Be sure to use a flat-bottomed paper filter in the brew basket.