karmatso wrote:I have a question about what to do with the tea in between brews. I'll usually get a few brews out of my oolongs. I normally leave a little of the tea in the bottom, just enough to cover the leafs if I can. However, it may be hours before I get to it again. Sometimes it tastes a little "off", but I really can't describe exactly how. I have tried water, but with no noticeable difference. Is there a trick to this that I am missing? It tends to get better with more brews, so I do not want to throw it away after only one. At home I use an simple infuser cup, and at work or on the road, I have one of those TIGO travel infusers.
If you're waiting that long between infusions, it might be worth considering using less leaf and infusing fewer times, especially if you're drinking greener oolongs. Sure, you can brew the same leaves across hours (or even days) if they're the right type, if you know what you're doing, and if they're expensive enough to be worth it... but I think many people would suggest that it's a bad idea.
One thing I've tried in the past (that was also recommended in Phyll's and Toki's recent posts on brewing the same tea across multiple days) is to do a quick rinse with boiling water before the first brew after an extended break. Not only should this help kill any critters, but it should help flush out any extra liquid left in the brewing vessel.