TomVerlain wrote:I went back and looked at the sticky with an eye on how it would look to someone new, and did notice there is not a quick "how to brew" link.
Should there be a topic on how to brew ? cover gong fu, gaiwan, western and what ever else fits ?
I think this is a good idea. Just use general parameters to give an idea on the ideas behind each brewing method. How many grams per ml, rough temperature ideas, vessels most commonly used, rough infusion guidelines. The problem with this though, and almost everything else related to tea is that there's no science behind taste, or even tradition. What one person knows to be the "proper" way to brew, is "wrong" to lots of other people and vice versa.
My general recommendation to my friends, or anyone in general, is get a cheap gaiwan from Scott at YSSLC, http://cgi.ebay.com/Porcelain-Gaiwan-Wh ... m153.l1262
, get some samples, fill the gaiwan half with leaf, use boiling water, do a rinse, then here's the times for infusions; 5s, 7s, 12s, 15s, 11s, 30s, 45s, 1:15, etc. Then after that, experiment! This is a decent and general enough introduction, so someone could easily tweak any or all of these settings to taste. If it doesn't taste good, try something else! If it doesn't taste good after you've tried almost everything, then it might not be your cup of tea.