Salsero wrote:Don't be sorry for the long post! This is the type of tea pOrn some of us live for!
OMG, I'm pretty pittiful . . .
I guess that is the excitement - a good laugh.
Salsero wrote:No need to buy a yixing pot, it's perfectly acceptable and tea-snobbish to brew pu in a gaiwan.
My gaiwan, which is at work presently, is small. Only 6-8 oz, but I guess that is sufficient. I'm accustomed to using my ingenuitea, unfortunately, which has trained me to make coffee mug sized brews. I need to scale down.
Salsero wrote:If you do get a yixing you will probably want to brew mostly sheng in it.
OK, here is my biggest question. This has been gnawing at me for a while because I have had a glimpse at some of your (meaning everyone) "pots and cups" in the 14 pg thread, which makes me very dizzy. I am a very simple person with a small house just under 2500 sq ft. I just can't manage all that teaware. That balance of "J's" takes up a ton of counter space on my already cluttered island.
If I were to buy a yixing, I could use it for *any* Pu Ehr Sheng? I drink all kinds of tea because I don't want to get bored. I can't afford or store a brewing vessle for everything!
Salsar wrote:DON'T STEAM YOUR FIRST CAKE. I think most pu lovers have never steamed a cake or part of a cake. There is a big risk of ruining it.
Thanks, I wasnt very entheusiastic about the whole steaming process. It didn't look easy, I don't have a bamboo steamer either. I am going to store the cake in my pantry away from the onions and dog food!
Salsero wrote:A sort of standard (if there is such a thing) starting point for brewing a new puerh is to use 1 gr of pu to 30 ml of water, that's probably about a heaping tablespoon in a 100 ml gaiwan or less than 1/4 of the gaiwan.
The picture I posted was 8g Pu and 10 oz water. Infused in my Adagio glass infuser with the SS brew basket. First infusion, my fault, too long and too much pu. So, I just picked out a few leaves and twigs and brewed a 2nd infusion for 55 seconds which was much better, but almost no flavor. Hint of green and a mild bitter aftertaste. 3rd infusion was great. I am going to try again after I finish my coffee and am completely awake! I will also check Bears tutorial.
I don't know why I brewed that first cup so long. When I drink Pu at work I steep for 30sec to 1 min.
Salsero wrote:Thanks for sharing the experience with us. Keep us posted!
Fortunately, I never seem to run out of crazy questions. The 3rd inf went much better. I was very nervous waiting for my order because there were some cakes that were *much* more expensive but not that much older. I really didn't want to spend much more than $30 bucks not really knowing what I was doing. Samples helped to understand that I like raw, however after the raw samples were gone the cooked weren't that bad either. . . I just decided to buy what I could afford and see where that led. Thanks!!!