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Tea storage and cork seals

by Bok » Mar 21st 16 6:19 am

Recently managed to get my hands on one of those Anping jars which Stéphane from Teamasters likes to use. They never have a lid.

Got me wondering what people’s thoughts were on sealing those with cork?
Short term storage should be ok in my opinion, but what about longer storage?
Maybe combined with wax sealing?

Quick research brought to light that cork seems not to be a 100% airtight.
Any other known shortcomings?

Any input is appreciated!

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Re: Tea storage and cork seals

by Bok » Mar 21st 16 6:22 am

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Re: Tea storage and cork seals

by ethan » Mar 21st 16 4:44 pm

Cork changes. It dries & shrinks. Simply, don't use cork for this.

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Re: Tea storage and cork seals

by Bok » Mar 22nd 16 2:23 am

Thanks Ethan!
Will find another way.

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Re: Tea storage and cork seals

by Chris418 » Mar 22nd 16 9:26 pm

I have a question relative to tea storage relative to sheng puerh.
I recently bought some teajar, they are porous inside.
I'm wondering if i need to put every time the same tea inside ( "kind" of the same thing with teapot )

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Re: Tea storage and cork seals

by pedant » Mar 22nd 16 11:45 pm

if it takes on smell, i wonder if you could just clean it out with boiling water
i am guessing the answer is yes but idk for sure

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Re: Tea storage and cork seals

by Bok » Mar 23rd 16 3:50 am

From what I have read and heard from others so far, glazed insides are preferable for tea storage.
Or wood-fired clay, the extended firing seal the surface in a similar way to glaze.

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Re: Tea storage and cork seals

by jayinhk » Mar 23rd 16 4:10 am

I just bought some tea caddies in Vietnam. I'm going to wrap the cork/lid with aluminum foil for a very tight seal!

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Re: Tea storage and cork seals

by Chris418 » Mar 23rd 16 2:32 pm

From what I have read and heard from others so far, glazed insides are preferable for tea storage.
Or wood-fired clay, the extended firing seal the surface in a similar way to glaze.
I heard here that for pu-erh the jar need to be porous so the tea can breathe!?

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Re: Tea storage and cork seals

by Bok » Mar 24th 16 2:22 am

I think the clay in itself does not necessarily need to be porous, but the lid is preferably not airtight.
Best way to storage seems to be paperwrapped. Of course always depending on other storage factors, like climate, airflow, temperature, etc.