bryan_drinks_tea wrote:as i said before, the bottom shelf holds all the sheng and I also keep the 'humidifier' there along with a hygrometer on the other end. I've checked the inside surfaces, even swabbed them and found nothing out of the ordinary. no mold, no unusual bacteria, just plain old plain old.
I took out the water last night and let the humidity drop down to 60-65 percent. I plan on watching the cakes closely - I checked every piece of tea - from bings to tuos to bricks - and all looks clean. I was hoping some people out here had experienced more (actually i know that there are plenty) aging with their teas under closely observed conditions and could verifty whether or not that this is a natural part of the aging process. and I do understand that aging is a slow rot - it just was not a familiar smell and it was also very sudden. as of now - about 5 pm - the odors are gone and it just smells like sheng pu that's been sitting for 2.5 years.
krillgrillbritt wrote:I agree with apache, steaming your tea seems very dangerous: vapor is really not the same as humidity. It might be an interesting experiment, I think, though it could turn out costly.
It also seems like a lot of unnecessary work, are you sure you want to be doing all this for the next 20-50 years? Can you even keep a job?
I store my cakes (close to a hundred) with a container of sponges and distilled water, and also a extra large box of humidity beads from Heartfelts set at 70%rh to soak up excess humidity and release it again if it ever drops under 70%.
It is dry storage with low maintenance, although I've noticed some positive change to the cakes that's been there from the start (2yrs); no guarantees of course. As my collection grows I might need to get something electric soon, but this setup has worked fine so far.
Good luck anyway!
I see your point. I'm going to rethink my method of keeping the humidity up in my sheng cabinet.
maybe i could just keep room temp water in a bowl in my cabinet? or would that just open up spaces for the same problems?
krillgrillbritt - I can't quite imagine what your setup looks like. What do you mean by a container of sponges? Is this also in an enclosed cabinet?