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herbaceous backson
Mar 10, 2009

by FactsAreUseless


I'm pretty new to the whole tea thing, so forgive me if some of these questions are silly.

My mom gave me an old school porcelain teapot with one of those mesh stainers you hold over the cup as you pour, along with a tin of loose leaf twinings English breakfast. She got them as a gift but isn't really into tea.

I've made a few cups so far, and it tastes a million times better than the Lipton bags I've been using. You don't see much loose leaf tea in stores around here, so I didn't really know what I was missing.
I love the teapot, but the tea usually ends up oversteeping and getting too bitter before I can finish the pot. Should I be steeping in one pot and then pouring it into another to serve?

Which brewing method works best? Bodum pots/presses, the ingenuitea, tea balls, strainers, removable in-pot infusers? It's kind of bewildering at first.

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herbaceous backson
Mar 10, 2009

by FactsAreUseless


I had some pu-erh tea for the first time today at a friends house. I think it was from adagio. I finished the cup just to be polite, but it seriously loving sucked. It tasted like some weird combination of hay, dirt, or compost, and it had a slight fishy undertone.

Is this typical of pu-erh teas, or was it just lovely or improperly brewed tea?

herbaceous backson
Mar 10, 2009

by FactsAreUseless


Picked up a bag of loose leaf masala chai mix, but it didn't come with any directions. What's the best way to brew it up? Steep it in hot water, then add milk/sugar, or simmer it in a water/milk mixture in a saucepan?

herbaceous backson
Mar 10, 2009

by FactsAreUseless


Sirotan posted:

Assuming you have a garbage disposal, its just as easy as rinsing it out a couple of times. Maybe once every 2 months I will soak it in a water/bleach solution and then throw it in the dishwasher at home, since the inside/strainer do get stained.

Is that Tritan plastic stuff safe to bleach? I went to clean my moms ingenuitea with bleach the other day and she started flipping out about bleach degrading the plastic and leeching chemicals into her tea.

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