futurebird wrote: having the lid on at any other time seems to cause issues.
If I brew with an electric kettle not filled much and its 75ish degrees or below inside, I leave the lid on for that extra heat (after the 3rd or 4th infusion)
85degrees inside, clay kettle, lid off until later on in session
I think if you pay attention to your layering of leaves, pouring into teapot, and pouring technique into cup, you can minimize the tea in there well without vigorous shaking or tapping (as long as pot is ok). With a good pour both ways you also kinda fluff the leaves naturally
I have not taken leaves out after each infusion and re fluffed and dried, so cannot tell you which method you may enjoy more, might give that a try on a leisurely day.