How Many Tea Bags for A Gallon of Tea

By April 2, 2017

How many tea bags for a gallon of tea? The general rule of thumb is one tea bag per cup. Is that the golden rule? Of course, the answer is no. Actually, the type of tea you use and how you brew your tea makes a difference. 

Before exploring how many tea bags for a gallon of tea, first you need know how many cups make a gallon. A gallon means 16 cups, which is also equal to 128 ounce. Generally, a teabag contains 2 to 3 grams of tea. It takes approximately 28 grams of tea to make a gallon, so you would need 9-14 standard teabags for a gallon of tea, depending on how strong you like it. But as stated above, the tea types and brewing methods may effect how many teabags you use. (Learn the major types of tea) Let dig in.
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How many tea bags to make a gallon with different brewing methods 

Hot brewing: Generally, one teabag per cup is rule. To make a gallon, you can use 9 to 16 teabags, depending on your preference. And there is always a misconception that the more teabags you use the bitter the tea is. Using more teabags does not make tea bitter. Steeping teabags in too long or using water that is too hot makes the tea bitter.  It is suggested to steep teabags for 2 minutes in 160-180°F.  Also, if you use loose leaf tea, it is suggested to use a teapot with filter. Ecooe offers many kinds of glass teapot with filter built-in. 

Learn more: What happens when steeping teabags in too long?  

hot brew tea

Cold brewing: Tea can be brewed in cold water. Cold brewed tea taste smooth and sweet. To make cold brewed tea, you need approximately one teabag for 16 oz of tea. To make  44 oz of tea in water pitcher, you need 3 tea bags. To make a gallon, you need 8 teabags.  If you like strong tea, you can add 1 or 2 more teabags in. When making, place the pitcher in refrigerator overnight or for at least 6 hours.  (Learn: How to make cold brew tea?)

cold tea

Sweet tea: It is not summer until you have sweet tea in the fridge. When making one gallon sweet tea, you can add 6 to 8 single cup size teabags  or 2 to 3 family size teabags. Stir in 1 to 2 cups sugar to your taste. You can learn more on how to make a gallon of sweet tea

how to make s gallon of sweet tea

Sun tea: To make sun tea, you also need one teabag for 16 oz of tea. When making one gallon tea, you can add 8 to 10 teabags. Place the teabags in a covered container and add teabags and water. Set the container in direct sunlight for 1 to 2 hours.

sun tea

Actually, how many teabags to make a gallon of tea depends on how strong the tea you like. The above answer is a general rule. You can try many times to find the best flavor. 

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Comments (2)



  1. I want to make tea syrup, I have the gallon size tea bags how many should I use to make the syrup using 3-1/2 cups of boiling water.