mikkelrl wrote:Dear everyone,
Could you tell me what I do wrong here?! This is my brewing sequence:
1: heat water to 99 degrees in philips stainless steel kettle
2: pre-heat a 200 ml porcelain gaiwan, almost the type you sell, for 10 seconds.
3: empty the gaiwan and put in 5g of the dancong
4: pour water on the leaves and immediately pour it off, contact for about 2 seconds.
5: brew for 20 seconds, and at differing times for the next infusions (10-20-30-40 - nothing helps!)
I've never brewed Dan Cong in a 200mL pot or gaiwan--never anything larger than 100mL, and usually 60-75 mL. My leaf to water ratio varies a bit, lower for the most powerful ones I get from Imen at TeaHabitat, higher for the 'commercial' DCs I get from Norbu and other sources, but when I'm brewing the 'commercial' DCs, I usually end up with the gaiwan or small pot at least 3/4 full of leaf when it is fully wetted at the end of the session. For the TeaHabitat specials, I usually end up with the pot 1/3-1/2 full. That's at least 1 gram per ounce (30mL) of water, and for the 'commercial' DCs, I usually use longer brewing times, as long as 30-45 seconds right from the start, and go down from there if I overshoot the target in the first infusion; for the TH DCs, I start with flash rinses and lengthen as needed.
I think your leaf:water ratio is probably too low, especially considering that I generally prefer my tea weaker than many others here on the board, so my ratios should be considered a lower limit.