I am usually making big batches of sweet tea (20 gallon+). My problem is that after steeping the tea the temperature in the boil kettle will have dropped to the point where it becomes difficult to dissolve the sugar. Last time I had a big sugar crust left at the bottom of the kettle that had hardened.
So my idea is now to dissolve the sugar first and then steeping the tea bags in it.
Will this have a negative impact on the tea (reduced extraction rate from the tea bags etc.)?