miig wrote:This is how my pots would look if i didn't use Brita Filters - water in this region contains a large amount of minerals. And they somehow combine with the tea to form these brown stains that are really hard to remove, and of course the white crystals especially in the kettle.
I don't have them because i'm filtering the water, even though I don't like the idea of further 'denuaturalizing' the water by running it trough the Brita filter. But i was worried that these stains might in the long run clog the Zisha pots and take away their special characteristics... do you folks konw whether thats a real danger?
I used Brita filters for years. They do a good job preventing scale in the kettles. But, until I changed my filtration system, I realized the water from Brita didn't taste as good and this had something to do with the lower ph. Most public water systems have chlorine added to the supply. If you're lucky enough to have tap water without added chlorine, and no other 'additives', I don't think this is going to affect teapots. I've never developed scale in any teapot nor any odd staining other than tea. Of course, each drinker must evaluate his/her water and decide if its suitable for tea or needs tweaking.
I also usually pour boiling water into my empty teapots before any tea session. This is a very hygienic step and keeps the pot from developing any bacterial problems.