brad4419 wrote:I respect tradition and that its fun to do things traditionally
It is really fun but the truth is that I don't like to use a thermometer mostly because I don't like to stand there and check and re-check and check again. It is a laziness thing
and not a"pro-tradition" thing.
To use a modern digital thermometer (or any other modern device) when preparing tea is not only legitimate but very useful and in no way a sacrilege and desecration of the tradition. I never steep without a digital timer and I always use a digital thermometer when I try a new type of tea until I find how I like to brew it.
I really wanted to know how in the past , before the modern thermometer , the digital scale and timer the ancients got their tea "right".
I reason that when tea was invented long ago if they had themometers they would have used them. Then today, we would consider them necessary
No doubt; if they had invented the digital thermometer in their period then today it would be considered traditional like a bamboo whisk or a chawan. They had their "thermometer", it was just very different that the modern one.