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by Salsero » Feb 10th 08 5:39 am

Padre,

In response to your blockbuster film epic http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-y5A8kUTK6Y


Here's how I hold the lid while I pour. Actually, it turns out I use my thumb.
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(Any blur is the result of my lightning fast technique and in no way due to my 14-year-old son's lack of enthusiasm for documenting his father's eccentricities.)

When I want to up the ante a bit and clear that tea out quick, I lift the lid to let more air in and the pot empties much faster.
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by olivierco » Feb 10th 08 6:47 am

How is the taste of the tea improved by this "open lid technique"?

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by Chip » Feb 10th 08 6:58 am

Nifty thumb work, Salsero!!!
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by Salsero » Feb 10th 08 7:22 am

olivierco wrote:How is the taste of the tea improved by this "open lid technique"?
It just helps make the difference between, say, a 10-second and a 15-second steep. A shorter steep can help control a tendancy of some young puerhs to be rough on the mouth.
(Also, since I am just a tad obsessive, it allows me to feel like my 30-second or 45-second steep is really exactly that.)
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by Wesli » Feb 10th 08 7:40 am

Your technique is much like my own.

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by Chip » Feb 10th 08 8:08 am

But you, Fuka, are a much younger dog...woof.
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by hop_goblin » Feb 10th 08 6:35 pm

Nice and seasoned pot! WOW Sal, I never thought of lifting the lip with my thumb to eccelatate the the liquor out of the spot!

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by Sydney » Feb 10th 08 9:08 pm

I've actually been doing the lid lift (and some times a bit of a pumping action my camera's probably not good enough to film) from the start, because I observed it worked just like a manual carburator.

As of yesterday afternoon, I've also been using the same thumb position you suggested, and it's working out just fine.

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by scruffmcgruff » Feb 10th 08 9:12 pm

As far as the pumping goes, MarshalN recently commented on my video (where I do it a little) that it's not something one should try to do.
MarshalN wrote:The other thing is that it is better to not pull the pot when you pour -- better to not make a lot of splash when you are pouring. Part of it is aesthetic, but I have also been instructed long, long time ago that it distrubs the tea a bit when you do that, and dispersing the taste a little.
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by Sydney » Feb 10th 08 9:16 pm

The "don't splash" part I can see. The part about disturbing the tea and dispersing the taste doesn't make as much sense.

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by LavenderPekoe » Feb 11th 08 12:05 am

Sounds a lot like "never shake vodka or you will 'bruise' it" to me.
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by scruffmcgruff » Feb 11th 08 1:24 am

Yeah, I'm not really sure what the rationale behind it is either, but I do know MarshalN has *far* more experience than I, so I tend to trust him. That said, his 90% dry leaf measure for yancha still seems like a crazy amount, at least to my unskilled hands. :)
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by Warden Andy » Feb 11th 08 12:57 pm

To me, it sounds like squeezing a teabag. Forcing the stronger juices out of the leaves, making a not so pleasant tea. Well, I now know what todays brewing experiment will be.

Salsero, that pot looks ancient from those photos. Did boiling it with tea age it well?
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by Salsero » Feb 11th 08 1:44 pm

YEAH TEA! wrote:Salsero, that pot looks ancient from those photos. Did boiling it with tea age it well?
It looks dirty and stained and I won't be soaking any more overnight in the old tea. I have even thought of throwing this one into a bath of unflavored denture cleaning tablets in order to try to go back to square one. But it seems to make good tea and who wants to mess with that?

I think the whole process of soaking it in tea did more to adjust me to using that pot than anything. It's the one I turn to almost automatically now for sheng and sometimes even oolong.

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by Mary R » Feb 11th 08 2:49 pm

LavenderPekoe wrote:Sounds a lot like "never shake vodka or you will 'bruise' it" to me.
Are you referring to shaking/stirring martinis? If so, it's the vermouth that'll 'bruise,' not the vodka or gin. You could put vodka in a cement mixer and it would still come out saying, "Who wants another round?!"