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Postby orguz » Sep 9th, '08, 20:00

bought a small bag of meifan stones. Please give me your instructions as to how you used it resulting in better tasting teas. I tried it once with negative outcome
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Re: how to use of mei fan stones

Postby wyardley » Sep 10th, '08, 12:33

orguz wrote:bought a small bag of meifan stones. Please give me your instructions as to how you used it resulting in better tasting teas. I tried it once with negative outcome


Are they small or big? I had some small ones that had an overly rocky taste. Also, I might be imagining things, but I felt like my stomach hurt after I made tea with water using them. Anyway, I got another set that are bigger and they don't have that weird taste. I'm still experimenting with them, though.

A few things...

1) Don't leave the stones in the cloth bag if they came in one
2) Rinse the stones first (several times)
3) Ideally, boil the stones before first use

You can either put the stones in your kettle (if they'll go in there without scratching anything up; you can safely put them in a glass kettle, but I'm not sure about a metal electric kettle), or let the water you're using soak in them beforehand, or both.
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Postby Pentox » Sep 10th, '08, 12:38

What are mei fan stones?
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Postby olivierco » Sep 10th, '08, 13:03

I guess it is the same thing as Maifan stones
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Postby TIM » Sep 10th, '08, 14:52

they make Maifan stone gaiwan also. Much easier to use.
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Re: how to use of mei fan stones

Postby orguz » Sep 10th, '08, 17:21

wyardley wrote:
orguz wrote:bought a small bag of meifan stones. Please give me your instructions as to how you used it resulting in better tasting teas. I tried it once with negative outcome


Are they small or big? I had some small ones that had an overly rocky taste. Also, I might be imagining things, but I felt like my stomach hurt after I made tea with water using them. Anyway, I got another set that are bigger and they don't have that weird taste. I'm still experimenting with them, though.

A few things...

1) Don't leave the stones in the cloth bag if they came in one
2) Rinse the stones first (several times)
3) Ideally, boil the stones before first use

You can either put the stones in your kettle (if they'll go in there without scratching anything up; you can safely put them in a glass kettle, but I'm not sure about a metal electric kettle), or let the water you're using soak in them beforehand, or both.


Mine came in a cloth bag too, they are the size of quarters. Like you I let the water sit overnight in with the stones (whole bag). The water made my tea taste like fish tea. I did give them a 5 mins boil beforehand, it imparted too much of its make up to the water i suppose. Now I'm actually following your instructions by placing 2 pieces in my tetsubin, the inside is not exactly smooth anyway so the minor abrasion is no problem. Wyardley what water are you using? I am using distilled because I don't trust what's in lake Ontario water, studies have found carcinogens, contraceptive residue and all sorts of prescription drugs compounds. It' s the reason i bought a counter top distiller.

Salsero said to ask you to recommend these remineralising agents, is there a product out on the market that specifically does this? Those bigger ones are they available online?

Thanks Wyardley
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Postby Bubba_tea » Sep 10th, '08, 17:56

Hey guys - meifan stones are mineral stones. Minerals in general are cold in chinese medicine. if you get stomach aches then you have too much cold in the water from the stones (too much in the solution).

FWIW - I would stick with 5 gal spring water if I were you. Actually - I did much better with britta'd tap water as the spring water we use gets floaties in it and I don't want to drink those and the tea was much brighter in flavor with the fresh water.
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Re: how to use of mei fan stones

Postby wyardley » Sep 10th, '08, 18:11

Mine came in a cloth bag too, they are the size of quarters.


Those are like the ones I had that weren't so good. The new ones I had have the exact same package, but the rocks are bigger, and a bit more pink / smooth / pretty looking. If the water actually smells kind of rocky, or you can taste it directly in the water, there's probably too much.

You could experiment by just putting a rock in your cha hai and not brewing with it at all.

Wyardley what water are you using? I am using distilled because I don't trust what's in lake Ontario water, studies have found carcinogens, contraceptive residue and all sorts of prescription drugs compounds. It' s the reason i bought a counter top distiller.


Well I usually use spring water or filtered tap water. I have a PUR 3 stage at home, which I'm relatively happy with other than that it doesn't remove flouride; at work, we have some sort of commercial filter... to me, the water tastes like crap, so that's mostly where I'm testing out the stones. I honestly far prefer to use Crystal Geyser spring water when I can, but not only is it expensive and a pain to lug around, but I feel guilty about all the wasted plastic.

I don't typically use the mineral stones with spring water, typically, just when I'm using filtered tap. I know Michael from Tea Gallery in NY uses them in his kettle all the time, even when he uses Poland Springs water.

Salsero said to ask you to recommend these remineralising agents, is there a product out on the market that specifically does this?


There is, but I don't know what it's called, and I haven't used it personally. You should ask Danica (she posts on RFDT with her real email address, so she's not hard to track down) - she has RO filtered water at home, and re-mineralizes it with a few drops of this stuff.

Sticking some bamboo charcoal in your kettle most likely won't hurt, at least, and could help a little too.

Those bigger ones are they available online?


I got my new batch from Best Tea House in Richmond, BC. Kind of expensive - $16 CAD (about $16 US) for one box, which I think is at least twice the price of the ones marshaln got me in hk a while back. Their phone number is listed in another thread on this forum if you want to order some. You could call Tea Gallery in NY too - they're also originally students of Vesper Chan from the HK BTH, and they use Maifan stones in their kettle, though I don't know if they sell them (they're definitely not available on their website).

I imagine they lose a little potency over time.
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