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It's been a while. It looks like I need to rethink how to manage this community. In the meanwhile I have some questions for you.

How do you brew your tea?

I've seen several general guidelines like 1 minute for white tea, 2-3 for green and 3-5 for black etc. If you go more specific and actually read the instructions on specific teas, the times can be quite different. I'm yet to encounter a white tea with such a short steeping time. Usually the instructions say 3 minutes or even 6+. And when you look at the mass product teabags they always seem to say 3 minutes and boiling water, even if the tea is green.

I have a bad habit of forgetting about the tea I'm making all the time and have taken to using an egg timer. I find myself setting it to the classic 3 minutes all the time because all those contradicting instructions can get so confusing.

I use a clay pot for making tea. If I pour water into it, it absorbs quite a lot of the heat and the water isn't boiling anymore. Even if I try to make black tea as hot as possible and let the water cool down a bit before adding the leaves, usually the difference ends up not being all that different. Have you run into this problem? Does the water really have to be boiling for black tea in your opinion?
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On May 14th, 2011 06:19 pm (UTC), helike commented:
I have a bad habit of forgetting about the tea I'm making all the time
The same here. Only that I use no reminder.

I brew a tea in a big mug, storing tea leaves in a small tea-strainer.
As for the boiling... The hotter water is, the easier to brew tea - obvious thing is obvious, but I don't think that boiling water is actually needed.
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On May 16th, 2011 06:07 am (UTC), fujiko1601 replied:
Once I discovered the tea the next day still brewing. XD Sometimes I still manage to make tea too bitter and I wanted to exclude the possibility that it's because I forgot about the tea.

Not really, but it would be nice to be able to actually be able to follow the instructions once in a while.
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