What strainer to use?

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What strainer to use?

Postby Robertwolf1 » Dec 6th, '08, 12:54

There are metal ones and some cloth looking ones.
Which are the best?

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Postby Salsero » Dec 6th, '08, 13:46

For puerh I use one of the cheap, tin filters that Scott at YSLLC generally includes along with the purchase of a pot. I have bought a couple other strainers that are fancier or prettier, but they usually don't work as well, either too big/clumsy or clog too easily.

Here's a photo with one of those strainers in the upper left corner. You can click on the picture to enlarge it.
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Postby geeber1 » Dec 6th, '08, 13:52

Sal, I love how the leaves at the bottom right are the same shape as the fish on your cup. Cool!

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Postby Salsero » Dec 6th, '08, 14:39

geeber1 wrote: Sal, I love how the leaves at the bottom right are the same shape as the fish on your cup. Cool!
Yes, they looked so much like fishies that it made the choice of teaware obscenely easy.

This was the September 15 TeaDay photo of Ya Bao, a very unusual tea from TeaSpring that Dizzwave included in the puerh box pass. In that post I claimed, "the dry leaves look like little scaly fish, dried shrimp, trout flies, grasshopper exoskeletons, or even tiny rabbits' feet."

I did a tiny mini-review of the tea HERE.

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Postby shogun89 » Dec 6th, '08, 14:59

I use the same filter that Salsero has pictured. Got it free with my yixings. It is simple and effective, dosent clog, rust or do anything to the flavor of the tea.

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Postby JM » Dec 6th, '08, 16:06

For Mate I use a clothe strainer...for tea I use a mesh spring loaded thingy...

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Postby wyardley » Dec 6th, '08, 16:25

Unless the little bits really bother you, I vote for no filter.

I only use one if I'm brewing something with lots of little bits. When I do, I use one of the metal ones just because it's the only kind I have, but I think the gourd ones with a little piece of cloth as the filter are less likely to either cool down the tea or affect the flavor.

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Postby Proinsias » Dec 6th, '08, 16:27

On the rare occasion a filter is needed it's another vote for the cheap tin wonder.

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Postby Jeremy » Dec 10th, '08, 20:02

I like the calabash strainer (no metal). I try to heat water, brew and serve with absolutely no metal. Just my own thing. I have drank others tea with aluminum strainer and didnt really notice anything funky. What I have noticed is using a metal vessel to heat water def changes water taste.

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