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I will be selling bottled, green, tea with 5 minerals added to the drink. The minerals will total 1130mg per bottle. The packaging will be a 500ml PET BOTTLE. There will be 28g sugar per bottle. The product will be pasteurized and copacked. I was told to add Citric acid, but when do I add the acid? How much acid is needed per 500ml bottle?
Is an overage of 15% on average per mineral enough?
This is the process as I understand:
1)Brew whole leaf tea.
2)Mix sugar, (15% overage) minerals, Citric acid, water, and flavor with brewed whole leaf tea.
3) pasteurize.
4) Fill bottle.
5) check pH

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Hello Vince
You have the process  right but please check pH before pasteurization so that if you have to make adjustment you can do it before bottling.

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Jim

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Have worked with all possibile processing and packaging systems used in food industry. I have over 30 years experience related to Food and Beverage manufacturing.

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Institute of Food Technology American Institute of Chemical Engineering

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