Smells_Familiar wrote:I remember reading somewhere that steaming a beeng or brick prior to breaking it up is beneficial because it's easier on the leaves. Of course, making sure the leaves are dried out before storing them is needed. Does anyone steam their puerh before breaking it up?
I see this technique more often for young sheng. In theory breaking it apart will cause more surface area to be exposed which will of course faciliate the aging process. Personally, I have a theory all though not entirely mind. I theorize that breaking up young shen could eventually cause a weaker thinner brew since more air will be exposed to it. As for aged sheng, I personally wouldn't recommend it due to the risk of causing mold or any other kind of deteriation; especially if it is an expensive example. I think I personally would just stick to breaking off pieces when need be 1. to eliminate the risk 2. It takes some of the romance out of the preparation.