Well, I learned about rinsing the hard way...


One of the intentionally aged teas, Pu-Erh has a loyal following.

Well, I learned about rinsing the hard way...

Postby omegapd » Aug 7th, '08, 12:32

Our friend and neighbor (my neighbor at least) Salsero sent me some nice Pu samples awhile back with detailed instructions on how he prepares them. One was a little tea brick and he specifically said to rinse it for 20 or so seconds. I prepared the first brick just as he said, but yesterday I tried another one and decided to forego the rinse and brew it more along the lines of Western style (3g brick/9oz.water/4 minute first steep). The results were awful and totally different tasting than the first brick. Without a rinse, it had a bitter, strong, almost sour flavor- I likened it to a cup of old coffee you'd buy at a gas station...

So, now I know better. A question though- do I have to use boiling water for the rinse? I've been putting the kettle on the stove and letting the hot water run from the tap until it's almost scalding hot and have been using that to rinse while I'm waiting for the water to boil. Usually about 20-30 seconds or so. It seems to work for me, but I wonder how others do it.

Thanks,

EW
User avatar
omegapd
 
Posts: 925
Joined: Feb 6th, '0
Location: enjoying a cup of Red Rose down in GA

Postby hop_goblin » Aug 7th, '08, 12:50

If it is shu or cooked, rinse with boiling water. If it is sheng I personally rinse with a lower temp.
User avatar
hop_goblin
 
Posts: 1949
Joined: May 22nd, '
Location: Trapped inside a bamboo tong!

Re: Well, I learned about rinsing the hard way...

Postby augie » Aug 7th, '08, 16:04

omegapd wrote:So, now I know better. A question though- do I have to use boiling water for the rinse?
EW


I mostly drink cooked Pu Ehr and I will do a full infusion 20-40 sec., depending on what it is. I toss out that first infusion and drink #2. Just works out better for me.

Gas station coffee is worse than McDonald's.
User avatar
augie
 
Posts: 593
Joined: Apr 21st, '
Location: Indianapolis IN

Postby Wesli » Aug 9th, '08, 12:35

Now that you've noticed the difference between well-rinsed and not, try out both methods and let us know which one you like more.

I, personally, would only use near-boiling temperatures.
User avatar
Wesli
 
Posts: 1611
Joined: Jun 8th, '0
Location: 3161 A.D.

Postby Salsero » Aug 9th, '08, 15:39

I'd say some jerk is unloading crummy tea on you. Consider a law suit.

I was surprised to see you belong to TeaMail.
User avatar
Salsero
 
Posts: 5214
Joined: Dec 21st, '
Location: Gainesville, Florida

Postby omegapd » Aug 9th, '08, 20:20

Salsero wrote:I was surprised to see you belong to TeaMail.


Yeah, I've been a member for a long time and I think that was the first post I ever replied to. I normally just read it and delete it.
User avatar
omegapd
 
Posts: 925
Joined: Feb 6th, '0
Location: enjoying a cup of Red Rose down in GA

Postby Salsero » Aug 9th, '08, 20:40

omegapd wrote:
Salsero wrote:I was surprised to see you belong to TeaMail.

Yeah, I've been a member for a long time and I think that was the first post I ever replied to. I normally just read it and delete it.
Same here. I guess you must have inspired me to make my first ever reply in nearly 2 years.

I get a little bored with some of the girlie tea chat , curl up with a good tea mystery stuff and the never ending recipes for holiday scones. But what the heck, many of us had women as mothers, best get used to them!
User avatar
Salsero
 
Posts: 5214
Joined: Dec 21st, '
Location: Gainesville, Florida

Postby chamekke » Aug 9th, '08, 20:57

Salsero wrote:
omegapd wrote:
Salsero wrote:I was surprised to see you belong to TeaMail.

Yeah, I've been a member for a long time and I think that was the first post I ever replied to. I normally just read it and delete it.
Same here. I guess you must have inspired me to make my first ever reply in nearly 2 years.

I get a little bored with some of the girlie tea chat , curl up with a good tea mystery stuff and the never ending recipes for holiday scones. But what the heck, many of us had women as mothers, best get used to them!


Wow, never heard of that one, even though I'm a girlie myself. Up until TeaChat, my sole tea forum was O-cha.

I do like Teamail's origami teapot, though :)
User avatar
chamekke
 
Posts: 1980
Joined: Apr 6th, '0
Location: British Columbia, Canada

Postby scruffmcgruff » Aug 9th, '08, 21:02

chamekke wrote:...my sole tea forum was O-cha.


Oh? What is your screen name over there (or is it chamekke... and I just completely missed it)?
User avatar
scruffmcgruff
 
Posts: 1665
Joined: Jan 11th, '
Location: SF Bay Area, CA

Postby chamekke » Aug 9th, '08, 22:23

scruffmcgruff wrote:
chamekke wrote:...my sole tea forum was O-cha.


Oh? What is your screen name over there (or is it chamekke... and I just completely missed it)?


It's chamekke... but I've only posted about 3 times or so. It's not surprising if you haven't spotted me.
User avatar
chamekke
 
Posts: 1980
Joined: Apr 6th, '0
Location: British Columbia, Canada

Postby Salsero » Aug 9th, '08, 22:29

chamekke wrote: ... I've only posted about 3 times or so.
Just like here. She's shy, dontcha know. It's the stammer, makes her selfconscious.
User avatar
Salsero
 
Posts: 5214
Joined: Dec 21st, '
Location: Gainesville, Florida


Instant Messenger

Permissions
You cannot post new topics
You cannot reply to topics
You cannot edit your posts
You cannot delete your posts
You cannot post attachments
Navigation