Questions about the selection and preparation of tea leaves and beverages.

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Brewing Hibiscus tea

I'm about to start a batch of Kombucha using 100% Hibiscus flowers as the tea. Just received a 1 pound bag of organic Hibiscus flowers. Can anyone give me some recomendations on amounts to use in a ...
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I am attempting to preserve the shelf life of ice tea up to six months with citric acid, I need a perfected ratio?

I am attempting to preserve the shelf life of ice tea up to six months with citric acid, I need a perfected ratio? I have tried several ratio, but still end up with molds in a week time not ...
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How many black tea leaves are required per 125 ml of milk + 25 ml of water?

I use one table spoon of Tata Tea Gold leaves per 125 ml of milk + 25 ml of water. I boil the mixture of milk and water first. Turn the gas off, put the tea in and stir it, and then I place a lid on ...
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How is jin jun mei (a Chinese tea) made?

I'd like to know whether jin jun mei (golden beautiful eyebrow, a Chinese tea) is kosher. To know that, I first need to know its ingredients and how it's processed. What are the ingredients in Jin ...
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How can I cool tea quickly?

Imagine you're making someone a tea, but for whatever reason they have to leave soon. How can I cool the tea so that they don't have to choose between leaving it unfinished or burning their mouth? ...
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What are the consequences of infusing a tea bag longer than recommended?

I'm a regular consumer of tea (since about 2 years ago), usually from commercial tea bags. They advise to infuse tea for 3 to 5 minutes, but there is some times that I have left it longer by ...
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How will the taste of black tea change when I infuse it with water colder than 90-100 degrees Celsius?

I recently bought a small glass teapot. I want to use it at work. On the box there's a warning that 80 degrees Celsius is maximum for this teapot. I know that you shouldn't brew green tea in too ...
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How to make a strong cup of milk tea without boiling it much?

As it is known that boiling the tea for a quite some time extracts tannins. But, that is the only way I know of making strong tea. Cup size: 150 ml. I put 3/4 cup of milk and 1/4 cup of water in a ...
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Why should I prefer tea dust over crumbled tea leaves at home?

I just noticed that the red coloured packet of tea contains the tea dust! This is very surprising. Tea dust available in that kind of packet means that it is available for home use, otherwise it ...
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Why is black tea sold in crumbled form?

The black tea is sold in a crumbled form. I am yet to see a brand, where I live, selling black tea as whole leaves. I want to know why is that so? Does crumbled leaves have effect on taste which ...
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Can alcohol extraction be used to draw more of the spice flavors out in chai tea concentrate?

I make chai concentrate by: Quickly boiling ginger puree twice (each time for about 20-30 minutes). Boiling the spices (bruised/coarse-ground) for about an hour, removing the liquid, then repeating ...
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How to make tea essential oil?

I tried to make my own tea essentials oil by putting small pieces of tea leaves (dehydrated) into my local alcohol (29% vol). After 1 week, the leaves turned brown, so I removed them out of the ...
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Opaque green tea, what is that?

If you order green tea in Thailand you get a long drink in a plastic cup that resembles a sweet, frozen shake. (Then you can put the cup in a plastic bag, hang it on the steering rod of your ...
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Milk with Nettle Tea

Recently I bought some nettle tea and, not having drunk herbal tea for very long, am wondering if you can put milk in nettle tea. I ask here, because Google isn't much help for this particular ...
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Is Pickwick green tea deceffeinated?

I am referring to this brand: http://www.amazon.com/Pickwick-Green-Tea-Original-Packages/dp/B003YBNJH8 The box doesn't say anything. I drank several and while I felt weird, my pulse was normal. I ...
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Spearmint kinda Musky

So, I recently bought some Spearmint plants, and the yield has been pretty nice. However, I've hit a bit of a Snag. I've tried a few different Drying and Brewing methods, from Oven drying to Air ...
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What is the name of a drink made with iced tea and orange juice?

Iced tea and lemonade is known as an Arnold Palmer. I mix mine in 50/50 proportions. Lacking lemonade, I mixed 50/50 iced tea and pulpy orange juice. I really kind of like the result and nick named ...
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What's the difference between Yorkshire Tea (red band) and Yorkshire Gold?

The descriptions on Yorkshire's websites (reproduced below) are quite vague. There is a link for "More info" but that simply directs you to betty.co.uk where the same info is reprinted. Gold is ...
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Black tea develops cloudy dregs; how to avoid?

I'm not much of a tea connoisseur*. But I do know what I like — strong, sweet black tea, and lots of it — and at present, the method I'm using is to boil a cup or so of cold water and ...
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Should a teabag or looseleaf tea brew at room to cold temperature water?

I recently noticed that an organic bigelow tea(teabag) starts brewing at room/cold temperature water. Not sure if it is brewing or not but the water starts to get green after dipping the tea few ...
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making iced tea with lowest caffeine content

I want to make lemon iced tea with lowest caffeine content possible. I understand I should use white tea leaves instead of green or black. Is this true? Also, should I steep the leaves in boiling ...
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What is English Afternoon tea?

I googled this, and I couldn't find an answer on the first page of results. What is English Afternoon tea, and how is it different to English Breakfast?
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How to calculate optimal temperature to extract specific compounds from herbal teas?

When making any kind of tea, I understand that water temperature can make a big difference with flavor. I'm wondering if we can also use precise water temperatures to selectively brew for specific ...
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Which cookware material should be used to retain the heat of the prepared tea?

I have glass, plastic, stainless steel, earthenware, and melamine vessels. Which one of out of them should be used to retain the heat of the prepared tea for a long duration? Is there any better ...
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Does the material of the container affect the flavor of the prepared tea? If yes, what material should be preferred to get the best results?

I use a steel bowl for boiling the combination of tea and milk. Then I pour the prepared tea in a melamine cup. Does the material of the container affect the flavor of the prepared tea? From: ...
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Loose-leaf tea: specifics of re-steeping multiple times?

I'm an avid tea drinker who drinks several cups of loose-leaf tea every day. My usual steeping technique is to fill a teapot with about 3 cups of boiling water, wait for it to cool to the correct ...
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How can I make my tea stronger?

I know it sounds like an obvious question. At work, my colleague has a drip-filter machine he uses to brew his tea. He puts about two table spoons for an eight cup pot. This makes nice strong tea. ...
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Tea infused with caffeine

I am trying to increase the level of caffeine in everyday tea to 150mg. I am using powder caffeine with L-theane. The powdered caffeine is obviously very bitter how do I mask the taste without adding ...
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Why is my sassafrass root bark tea always so bitter?

I've been on a quest for a while now to make my own root beer. I've tried all sorts of recipes using all sorts of ingredients, and I now have this huge collection of spices and roots and leaves... but ...
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Caffeine pills don't dissolve in hot tea

I'm drinking Rooibos Vanilla Tea and I like to dissolve an 80 mg caffeine pill in it. I hand press the pills myself from pure caffeine powder. However, the pill doesn't dissolve very well in the tea. ...
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What teas with natural caffeine can be used for lemon tea? [closed]

I like to drink hot, naturally caffeinated tea (so no added caffeine please) in which one entire lemon or lime is prodded, pulped, and steeped. What kinds of naturally caffeinated tea would ...
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Can I use sage tea as a herb while cooking

I have a bag of loose sage tea, that I do not use for tea. I was wondering whether or not I could use these leaves in my dishes. At first sight, it seems all sage. Is there a way to know if it is ...
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Why does caffeine taste bitter when added to tea?

Black tea contains about 40 mg of caffeine. When adding 80 mg of caffeine powder, the tea tastes bitter. Why doesn't caffeine that is already in the tea or in an energy drink taste bitter and how ...
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Is there any diminishing return on grinding spices for a “tea”?

I'm actually making root beer, but I've found the best way is to boil herbs and spices the same way one would make a tea, and then I add sweetener, leave it to chill, and use a carbonation device to ...
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Shatter resistant tea carafe/pitcher/pot

First let me explain how I make tea. In the morning I take a pot of boiling water and pour it into a carafe. I let the the water sit for a minute. I then pour the tea into an old pot from a coffee ...
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How is British tea prepared?

Do you add any flavor of British breakfast tea? I need to know how it is prepared; either with or without additional flavor.
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Why can I resuse green tea leaves several times, but not black?

Simple question really - why is it I can reuse green tea leaves 2-3 times with minor degradation in the quality of tea, but I can't do the same thing with black tea? Is it because the black tea has ...
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How should I clean my metal mesh tea strainer?

I have one of these teeli tea strainers, and it's wonderful. It's a very fine metal mesh basket with plastic frame. I've had it for perhaps 10+ years and it's still working well after brewing ...
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Oolong leaves not unfurling

I just ordered some new loose leaf oolong, and I've noticed that the leaves don't unfurl all that much--even after two or three steeps. I've noticed with past oolongs that the leaves open up nice and ...
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What green tea has the highest caffeine content?

How do these teas rank by caffeine content: Japanese dragon pearls, Matcha organic green tea, and gyokura imperial green tea? Is there any green tea with more than the ones in that list? PS: Is it ...
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Sugar/salt frosted around the top of a cup/mug

Recently I managed to accidentally get a bunch of raw sugar crystals stuck to the rim of a mug of tea. Drinking the tea over the sugar, being able to balance out the tartness and the sweetness as I ...
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What is water temperature after electric kettle switches off?

My tea preparation prescriptions says to prepare it using water heated to 96 Celsius degrees. When water heated in standard, typical electric kettle reaches this temperature? Is it immediately after ...
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Can you brew black tea in a macchinetta?

If I use black tea leaves (not grounded leaves like in commercial teabags), and place them in the macchinetta (either instead of a coffee, or with the water). Is the brewed result going to be any ...
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Can I boil water to temperature lower than 100 Celsius / 212 Fahrenheit to make a tea?

For many years I had a typical electric kettle. Whenever I wanted a 75 Celsius / 167 Fahrenheit water to make a green tea, I had to boil it up to 100 Celsius / 212 Fahrenheit (because, that was the ...
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Why is my Green Tea Brown but then Green when I reuse the bag?

I've read the posts about why Green Tea can appear brown, and it makes perfect sense. However, what I'm experiencing is different. When I reuse my Green Tea Bags a second time, I get the green ...
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How do I brew longjing tea? [closed]

I want some knowledge regarding the longjing tea. I have not tasted it but want some more knowledge about it and also the brewing method of it.
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What “all-in-one” single serving tea device(s) are sturdy, make “teapot quality” loose leaf tea, and are two pieces or less?

I am looking for a convenient office/portable tea making/drinking system. Ideally the device should be portable and very easy to clean in an office setting and still extract the same quality of flavor ...
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Hot tea to iced. Safe?

I want to boil tap water and use tea bags but since summer is coming I want to make it cold. Is it safe if I let it to get to room temperature and then put it in the fridge?
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What is the most comfort temperature for tea?

It is hard to catch a right spot between underheated and overheated cup of tea when heating in a microwave. Is there any average value which applies to every human? If it differs from person to ...
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Why are the storage instructions extremely opposite in cases of tea and coffee?

For coffee it is recommended to store it in the freezer. ,and for tea the freezer or the fridge is an absolute no. Considering that both are derived from plants, why is freezer recommended for coffee ...