Thank you sherubtse.sherubtse wrote:Here are my parameters:Chip wrote:What are your steeping times, how much leaf for Kabuse? I am getting this in, it has been a while.
5g per 8oz water (1 cup) - 1st: 60 deg. for 90 sec. (excellent brew)
- 2nd: 65 deg. for 30 sec. (nice brew)
- 3rd: 70 deg. for 5+ min. (so-so brew)
I think you like the 1:1 ratio, Chip. Have never tried that much leaf, due to economic reasons. But I have one more day's worth of kabuse to go, so I might try it just to see what happens.
I completely understand your reasoning, economics is big for tea drinkers.
I began with a ratio similar to yours, similar amount of water. Interestingly (to me anyway), my brewing slowly evolved to use less water, not more leaf as I increased the ratio. Now I brew a lot of 3, 4, 5 ounce steeps.
I did not plan it this way, it just happened over the years. I am actually amazed how many sencha drinkers start with a 1:1 ratio right out of the gate. Like I said, it took me quite a while to get there. And I always forget this fact when I tell people how to brew sencha ... I somehow envision there tastebuds exploding at first try.
So, this also makes fiscal cents ... er sense to me.