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Sencha: Need More Details With Poor Instructions

by beforewisdom » May 18th, '17, 12:19

Hi,

I bought some Kaoru Fukamushi Sencha ( deep steamed ) form o-cha.com. All of the teas I bought from o-cha.com in the past have had very precise directions. This bag does not.

Can anyone from experience and expertise tell me

- the temperature ( fahrenheit ) the water needs to be
- the weight ( grams ) of leaves to use for 8 fluid ounces of water
- The time for the 1st, second, and third steeping

Sorry to ask such a basic question, but the directions on the bag lack all of those things only giving vague ranges.

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Re: Sencha: Need More Details With Poor Instructions

by victoria3 » May 18th, '17, 16:50

From 2016 O-Cha Fukamushi Sencha "Kaoru" I steeped it at;
1gr :1oz, 8gr/8oz/140f/90sec.
& then adjusted by increasing leaf a bit/lowering water/increase time
8.1gr/7.7oz/138f/110sec.

O-Cha's steeping parameters used less leaf;
First infusion — 5 g. per 8 oz. water, 60 deg.(140f), 1 min.
Second infusion — 5 g. per 8 oz. water, 60 deg.(140f), 1 min.
Third infusion — 5 g. per 8 oz. water, 60 deg.(140f), 5+ min.

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Re: Sencha: Need More Details With Poor Instructions

by beforewisdom » May 19th, '17, 08:16

victoria3 wrote: From 2016 O-Cha Fukamushi Sencha "Kaoru" I steeped it at;
1gr :1oz, 8gr/8oz/140f/90sec.
& then adjusted by increasing leaf a bit/lowering water/increase time
8.1gr/7.7oz/138f/110sec.

O-Cha's steeping parameters used less leaf;
First infusion — 5 g. per 8 oz. water, 60 deg.(140f), 1 min.
Second infusion — 5 g. per 8 oz. water, 60 deg.(140f), 1 min.
Third infusion — 5 g. per 8 oz. water, 60 deg.(140f), 5+ min.
Thank you very much Victoria !!!!

Happy Friday :)

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Re: Sencha: Need More Details With Poor Instructions

by tcsmeg » May 20th, '17, 07:11

beforewisdom wrote:
victoria3 wrote: From 2016 O-Cha Fukamushi Sencha "Kaoru" I steeped it at;
1gr :1oz, 8gr/8oz/140f/90sec.
& then adjusted by increasing leaf a bit/lowering water/increase time
8.1gr/7.7oz/138f/110sec.

O-Cha's steeping parameters used less leaf;
First infusion — 5 g. per 8 oz. water, 60 deg.(140f), 1 min.
Second infusion — 5 g. per 8 oz. water, 60 deg.(140f), 1 min.
Third infusion — 5 g. per 8 oz. water, 60 deg.(140f), 5+ min.
Thank you very much Victoria !!!!

Happy Friday :)
Many thanks on the advise. However I feel that even the same source of tea would require experience to produce the best result. The tea leaf may have gone trough different type of wteather from one years to the next. So as its maturity in plucking. Some adjustment still need to be done to have the best result.

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Re: Sencha: Need More Details With Poor Instructions

by chingwa » May 20th, '17, 08:02

I haven't had fukamushi in quite a while, but it was always my practice to do the second infusion as basically a "flash infusion" of only around 10 seconds. That's it. After the first infusion all those little leaves are primed to give away all their power rather quickly into a deep dark fukamushi soup that might be overwhelming if you're not careful :D Of course, this could vary quite a bit for each specific tea but this was always my starting point.

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Re: Sencha: Need More Details With Poor Instructions

by William » May 20th, '17, 13:59

chingwa wrote: I haven't had fukamushi in quite a while, but it was always my practice to do the second infusion as basically a "flash infusion" of only around 10 seconds. That's it. After the first infusion all those little leaves are primed to give away all their power rather quickly into a deep dark fukamushi soup that might be overwhelming if you're not careful :D Of course, this could vary quite a bit for each specific tea but this was always my starting point.
Long time since I had my last fukamushi, but I used to do the same! :D

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Re: Sencha: Need More Details With Poor Instructions

by victoria3 » May 20th, '17, 15:56

With this particular Kaoru I did the 1st and 2nd steeps exactly the same.

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Re: Sencha: Need More Details With Poor Instructions

by beforewisdom » Jun 23rd, '17, 10:04

Thanks again for the information. Pictures of my first and second steepings using the recommendation.

My first steeping in a tiny o-cha.com 2 ounce cup.

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My second steeping in a 6 ounce cup.

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