Chip wrote:It is also a matter of using modern tools, we all use them in one form or another. I am mystified by strong reactions to a scale.
I think it's because it's arbitrary and the context of making tea is so variable. (ie, different teas, mood, humidity, temp, location, teaware, guests, etc). I view scales sort of like the broken watch that is perfectly accurate twice a day. Not that I expect you to understand this, you already stated that you were mystified.
btw: The scale isn't modern, it was invented about 5 minutes after the lever was if I remember my caveman history properly. Waaayyy before tea preparation included more than eating it. (footnote, see mouthbrewing)
Perhaps it was this way when modern electric kettles began to hit the tea scene.
Electric Kettle, hmn, those hit the tea scene rather recently compared to scales. I have no problem with those, thank goodness for them! I do however use fresh water each boil just like on the stove. There really isn't any comparison IMO, apples to oranges.