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Time, the final in this series of topics. Are you fanatical about timing your teas and how do you time your teas? Please share.

Very fanatical, I use a timer for each tea I brew
4
15%
Pretty fanatical, use a timer more often than not
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31%
Fanatical, sometimes use a timer
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8%
I go by "feel" for some teas
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No votes
I go by "feel" for most teas
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23%
I go by "feel" for all teas
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8%
Intuitively I know for some
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No votes
Intuitively I know for most
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8%
Intuitively I know it for all
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4%
... I just pour water in and then pour tea out, not paying much attention
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4%
Other
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Thur/Fri TeaDay 8/11-12/11 Time out?

by Chip » Aug 11th 11 5:42 am

Welcome everyone to another TeaDay. May it bring many lovely tea experiences your way. Please share what is in your cup throughout the day. Also please discuss the topic of the day.

Yesterday we discussed how we determine the right water temp for our teas and if we were fanatical about it. Please continue to discuss yesterday's topic.

Today's TeaPoll and discussion topic. Time, the final in this series of topics. Are you fanatical about timing your teas and how do you time your teas? Please share.

We are looking forward to sharing this TeaDay with everyone. Bottoms up.

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Re: Thursday TeaDay 8/11/11 Time out?

by karmaplace » Aug 11th 11 9:32 am

I try to keep track of the time just by glancing at clocks, but I don't use a timer. If I had a timer, I would use it, but I haven't really felt the need to purchase one. :mrgreen:

More iced spiced pear and chamomile tea today. I also had iroka matcha this morning and a royal milk tea this afternoon.

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Re: Thursday TeaDay 8/11/11 Time out?

by Trey Winston » Aug 11th 11 10:15 am

Being more of a right-brainer than a left-brainer, I intuitively know the exact steeping time for all teas. So I usually oversteep, sometimes very badly. But I will not concede defeat and use any sort of timer.

Having some 2011 Silver Needle from Jing Tea Shop. 'Tis mucho nice.

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Re: Thursday TeaDay 8/11/11 Time out?

by JBaymore » Aug 11th 11 1:45 pm

Touchie feelie. :wink:

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Re: Thursday TeaDay 8/11/11 Time out?

by Xell » Aug 11th 11 2:53 pm

Time is only one thing i watch more often than not. Especially when less than a minute infusions are necessary.

Today i've tried sonogicha, basically it's tamaryokucha that was produced from tea grown in Nagayo, small city near Nagasaki. Quite interesting how different flavor profile was from Ureshino tamaryokucha, same processing method yet so different taste and smell of leaves. Less grassy and less subtle, not astringent or bitter. Tried only once, tomorrow will give it another go. Heh, need to train my taste description skills :?

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Re: Thursday TeaDay 8/11/11 Time out?

by Chip » Aug 11th 11 3:37 pm

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Trey Winston wrote:Being more of a right-brainer than a left-brainer, I intuitively know the exact steeping time for all teas. So I usually oversteep, sometimes very badly. But I will not concede defeat and use any sort of timer.
I guess that makes me an ultra left brainer. :mrgreen:

I set the timer to count-up for most teas and for all Japanese teas, hit it once and watch it for the first steep mostly. Successive steeps I am pretty oblivious to it.

As I have mentioned before, I like to use the count-up versus timer so there is no bleeping beeping and I just hit it once ... then can pretty much forget about it.

Began the TD with Miyabi shincha with the Mrs., timed first steep of 75 seconds for this chumushi. Came our perfect!

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Re: Thursday TeaDay 8/11/11 Time out?

by tortoise » Aug 11th 11 6:57 pm

I usually do not use a timer except when I have more than one other person around and we are talking; because that's when I am likely to forget what I'm doing.

I will also use a timer when I'm still learning a new tea.

Having some Den's Guricha. First order containing this style of tea. Pretty good, easy-going stuff.

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Re: Thursday TeaDay 8/11/11 Time out?

by debunix » Aug 12th 11 1:35 am

Today, not timing directly the later infusions of a Dan Cong (Kan Tou) from teaHabitat. I did pay attention, mostly, to minutes but at a less than 'counting seconds' and more of a 'been a minute or three' level.

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Re: Thursday TeaDay 8/11/11 Time out?

by Skippyandjif » Aug 12th 11 3:44 am

I guess I go by "feel"...? I don't own a timer, although I am mindful of the clock when brewing teas, like I'll brew some teas for about a minute, others for around 5 minutes (I love insanely strong pu-erh :lol: ), others for around 30 seconds.

Pu-erh this morning; drank a ton of iced green tea because I was running around all day; currently boiling water for a rosemary tisane. (Nom nom nom! :mrgreen: )

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Re: Thursday TeaDay 8/11/11 Time out?

by Peacock » Aug 12th 11 3:56 am

I time my first and second brews, because those are the most important when drinking sencha. Afterwards I go by the feel of time passing.

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Re: Thursday TeaDay 8/11/11 Time out?

by Nenugal » Aug 12th 11 4:14 am

I time sencha and dan cong quite carefully, but for other more forgiving teas I am more relaxed about it.

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Re: Thursday TeaDay 8/11/11 Time out?

by Chip » Aug 12th 11 4:55 am

Timed Hana No Kaori and then timed Sakura Kukicha. Well, timed the first steep with a timer, then more or less casually after that.

Currently iced SLT.

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Re: Thursday TeaDay 8/11/11 Time out?

by Chip » Aug 12th 11 5:03 am

It is TIME to roll this topic over to Friday. So please drop in and share what is in your cup throughout the day.

Also continue to discuss yesterday's topic.

Or discuss whatever is on your mind since this is our TeaRoom!

We are lookinf forward to sharing this TeaDay with everyone. Bottoms up.

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Re: Thur/Fri TeaDay 8/11-12/11 Time out?

by Trey Winston » Aug 12th 11 7:19 am

Having some more of the SN this sunny Friday morning. Non-timed, of course. And somewhat oversteeped. It's still good.

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Re: Thur/Fri TeaDay 8/11-12/11 Time out?

by jaderabbit » Aug 12th 11 12:41 pm

If it's a tea I've become accustomed to, I just pour water in and pour water out when I'm ready to drink or when the tea calls to me. I guess you can kind of call that intuition, huh? Sometimes I walk away from the table, forget about it and don't come back for an hour but that's usually when I've had enough of the tea anyway. But I still drink the last steep. :p

Today, I think I shall brew some matcha. :D It's taken me forever to get through that lil 25g tin. :shock: