Running for Tea wrote:
This thread has been a wealth of information! I've found my first steep to be a bit weak as well... not bad, just lacking I guess. I will also try a longer steep. I haven't had an issue with later steeps though. I'm looking forward to tea time tomorrow
My very first steep of the LE version of last year (18 months old, mind you) was very strong. I had to adjust my brewing to tone it down a little. After some playing around, here is what seems to work best for me:
First infusion — 5g per 8 oz. water, 70 deg., 35-40 sec.
Second infusion — 5g per 8oz. water, 70 deg., 40-45 sec.
Third infusion — 5g per 8 oz. water, 70 deg., 5+ min.
P.S. Can't see how Chip managed the 1st infusion for 75 sec., and at a 1:1 ratio to boot!