what temp?


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what temp?

Postby guitarfreak2641 » Jan 10th, '07, 21:45

I just ordered the sample pack of green tea from adagio and I was wondering what temp the water should be at to make this tea.
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Postby quantumturkey » Jan 10th, '07, 21:56

Around 180 degrees F. Any more could scald or cook the leaves, and give you a bitter tea. (Also, the temperature and time suggestions are usually on the lable)
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Postby Warden Andy » Jan 11th, '07, 00:03

What teas did you order? The different teas don't all require the same exact brewing. For example, li zi nutcracker gets bitter with 180F and 3 minutes. You have the option to either lower the temperature, or brewing time. Either use about 160F and 3 minutes, or 180F and 1m-1.5m.

If you feel courageous, try boiling water for green tea. As long as you lower the brew time a lot, and pour it carefully on the walls of the vessel instead of directly on the leaves, it won't create a bitter or stewed cup. I find that 15-45 seconds is all it takes for green tea. 15 seconds being for teas like li zi nutcracker, or sencha. 30 seconds for mid-range teas. And 45 seconds for teas like green pekoe, white monkey, and white tea.
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Postby deadfingers » Jan 11th, '07, 03:13

Good info there Andy, I've never done that myself. Usually most are at 180, with some exceptions. I usually just use 175 degree water because my Zojirushi is set at that usually.
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Postby scruffmcgruff » Jan 11th, '07, 17:36

I would say that Chinese green teas can be brewed at 175 or 180, but I wouldn't go that high with Japanese green teas. I usually brew at around 160 because I find that Japanese greens can get bitter at temperatures higher than that. Still, to each his own! Whatever tastes best to you is the right temperature.
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Postby guitarfreak2641 » Jan 11th, '07, 21:16

thanks for the help.
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