spacesamurai wrote:I just use one of these, http://www.rishi-tea.com/store/product.php?productid=5209&cat=25&page=1, and a thermometer.
You couldn't pry it from cold, dead hands, but it can be a hassle.
brienzee wrote:thanks for your help guys.
i have been just boiling water then putting it in my cup to cool down.
i just got to get it down so i dont need a thermometer
imply use the boiling water to preheat your brewing vessel. This will bring the temp down very quickly and it may take just a little practice.
I am a huge tea drinker and as you know, there are two key temperatures in the tea world: less than boiling (180F) and boiling (212). As far as I know, there are only two readily available variable temperature electric kettles on the market - the T-Fal Vitesse and one from Adagio Teas. I chose the former and have been using it for about 7 months.
I assumed that since water can't get hotter than 212F, the highest (most right) setting would correspond to that. So the middle had to be roughly 180. I've brewed dozens of cups of tea, some for guests, some very expensive with this assumption.
Today I brought in a thermometer and found the following:
Low - 175 F
Medium - 212 F
High - 212 F
This is outrageous! Why make a product that is not truly variable or accurate and sell it as such?
Having said that, I am guilty of just using a variable temp kettle and a thermometer to double-check. I have the Upton model which is nice, except that it is a virtual scale magnet. Hope this helps.