Using a Scale: Weight to Water Ratios

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Using a Scale: Weight to Water Ratios

by beachape » Feb 13th, '09, 21:57

Hello,

As I was previously only drinking Chinese green, I never really thought to use a scale as the brewing was pretty casual (turns out I was using about 4grams/10 ounces).

I happened to find a digital scale and now I am wondering what weight to water ratios people are using to brew their green tea. I am particularly interested in different Japanese teas (sencha, fukamushi sencha, gyokuro etc.), but curious about what people do with their Chinese Green as well. I totally understand the variance for different qualities, types of tea, and personal preferences. So if you're interested, let me know the ratios you prefer and the type of tea you're using.

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by Chip » Feb 13th, '09, 22:20

Quality first flush senchas are anywhere from .6-1 gram per ounce of water. Depends on the sencha and what I am trying to achieve with a particular sencha. If I am trying to be more casual, the ratio will go down to even below .6 grams.

Gyokuro, depends on the quality. A premium one, I will use 2 grams per ounce (but small 2 ounce steeps so I do not go bankrupt). A mid grade (subjectively speaking) I will generally use a gram per ounce.

Chinese greens really fluctuate depending on how I am brewing at a particular moment. In a gaiwan, usually around a gram per ounce. Casual or in a pot usually approaching .6 grams per ounce. Chinese greens are particularly flexible in how much leaf I will or can use.

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by olivierco » Feb 14th, '09, 04:06

I use a little more leaves with sencha, especially for light steamed senchas (aka asamushi): around 3.5g for 3 oz which is by the way less than Ippodo's recommendation of 10 gr for 7 oz.
2g per oz for quality gyokuro is a good starting point.

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by Sydney » Feb 14th, '09, 08:58

When I'm using scales, I start with 1-2 grams of either chinese or japanese green tea with 100-150 ml of water by default, then change according to taste.

But there are plenty of exceptions for non-generic tea choices.

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Re: Using a Scale: Weight to Water Ratios

by victoria3 » Apr 7th, '17, 06:09

lencyfan wrote: May i know what the brand for the weight scale do you use? i need buy one recently,but i do not know what brand is good
Welcome to teachat. I bought this scale and thermometer a while ago and both work very well;
viewtopic.php?f=88&t=18387&p=241390&hilit=Scale#p241390
AWS-1KG Digital Scale 1000x 0.1g
Taylor Digital Thermometer -40 to 446F /-40 to 230C

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Re: Using a Scale: Weight to Water Ratios

by joelbct » Apr 8th, '17, 10:28

I use previous model of this: Smart Weigh https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ME8VI34/
Accurate to .1g (actually 0.1g and 500g max), just $14. The old model I prefer actually, because goes up to 2000g and .1g precision is more than enough, but you get the idea, lots of these types on Amazon.


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Re: Using a Scale: Weight to Water Ratios

by victoria3 » Apr 8th, '17, 13:09

One factor that I'm glad I considered was travel size with good lid, same goes for thermometer. Glad they last so long.

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Re: Using a Scale: Weight to Water Ratios

by Psyck » Apr 9th, '17, 09:01

I'm not particularly knowledgeable about brewing green tea, but it appears to me that the poster was brewing western style while most of the responders brew gongfu style.

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Re: Using a Scale: Weight to Water Ratios

by pedant » Apr 11th, '17, 23:09

the poster was actually just spamming a link for bathroom scales and not acutally asking a sincere question.. the post has been deleted

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Re: Using a Scale: Weight to Water Ratios

by victoria3 » Apr 12th, '17, 00:26

pedant wrote: the poster was actually just spamming a link for bathroom scales and not acutally asking a sincere question.. the post has been deleted
Ha I didn't catch that :)

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Re: Using a Scale: Weight to Water Ratios

by Psyck » Apr 12th, '17, 06:39

pedant wrote: the poster was actually just spamming a link for bathroom scales and not acutally asking a sincere question.. the post has been deleted
That link to bathroom scales was by one of the responder (lencyfan); the OP was not spamming.

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