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by Balthazar
Mon Jan 18, 2021 7:32 am
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: New teapot smells strange
Replies: 9
Views: 134

Re: New teapot smells strange

Yep, one of my pots had been stored together with incense. Took a ridiculous amount of time and brews to disappear (come to think of it, I don't know why I didn't just give it a vinegar bath).

That said, I agree with the above regarding "benevolent" smells.
by Balthazar
Sat Jan 16, 2021 4:52 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Iron pill & calcium pill to enhance water for tea?
Replies: 14
Views: 169

Re: Iron pill & calcium pill to enhance water for tea?

Just use a different bottled water. The water composition should be written in the bottle, or available online, to look it up. Seeking a way to improve water without resorting to bottled and the climate-damaging impact of bottling and shipping around the world should be encouraged, not belittled. M...
by Balthazar
Fri Jan 15, 2021 2:09 am
Forum: Kettles & Heating Elements
Topic: Heating Elements
Replies: 42
Views: 9432

Re: Heating Elements

Whops, my bad. Didn't notice you were looking for infrared.
by Balthazar
Thu Jan 14, 2021 3:36 pm
Forum: Kettles & Heating Elements
Topic: Heating Elements
Replies: 42
Views: 9432

Re: Infrared hotplate recommendations 230 V

Any recommendations for an infrared hotplate with 230 V? I have a CASO Pro Slide 2100 that I have no complaints about. Although I have only used it a handful of times; bought it primarily for hot pot sessions at home :) It's pretty big though (which is the main reason I went for it), so maybe not t...
by Balthazar
Thu Jan 14, 2021 6:31 am
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Yixing
Replies: 3561
Views: 364638

Re: Yixing

I still actually don't have any purple clay pots and have been keeping an eye out on and off for ones I like for years now since I always heard it was the best choice for shu and liu bao. I'm happy to see recent quality modern pots from EoT and Mud and Leaves so I think its time to finally pick one...
by Balthazar
Mon Jan 11, 2021 12:59 pm
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Yixing
Replies: 3561
Views: 364638

Re: Yixing

Based on my testing, unless you steep for really long times, over 6 minutes, heat retention doesn't really matter. Because it doesn't have enough time to take an effect, for 80% of a session, especially not at the beginning, which is the most important. Agreed, I only really care about heat retenti...
by Balthazar
Wed Jan 06, 2021 12:35 pm
Forum: Tea Swap
Topic: FS: Many Puerh Cakes and Yixings
Replies: 8
Views: 659

Re: FS: Many Puerh Cakes and Yixings

@pedant or @Victoria should be able to activate private messages for @bum (new members are by default not able to send private messages until they've made a certain number of posts)
by Balthazar
Wed Jan 06, 2021 12:31 pm
Forum: Kettles & Heating Elements
Topic: Tetsubin
Replies: 158
Views: 24032

Re: Tetsubin

... so, completely coincidental, i had a blood test on Monday for the first time in a few years and the results came in today. Turns out my iron levels are (slightly) above the reference range. Don't take any iron supplements - haven't done so since I was a child (when my values were periodically to...
by Balthazar
Sun Jan 03, 2021 1:30 pm
Forum: Kettles & Heating Elements
Topic: Tetsubin
Replies: 158
Views: 24032

Re: Tetsubin

I'm curious how you both find if it has much of an effect on your water and how the pour is on full boil. I'll do a write-up once I've had it for a while, but assume it'll provide a slightly different tasting water (sweeter). That has been the case when I've boiled water in non-enameled cast iron (...
by Balthazar
Sun Jan 03, 2021 1:22 pm
Forum: Kettles & Heating Elements
Topic: Whistling Kettles & Maintenance
Replies: 6
Views: 123

Re: Whistling Kettles & Maintenance

I've treated my whistling kettle with vinegar many times, but it's 18/8 stainless steel through and through (except the opening lid to the spout). I would think a fairly dilluted mixture of vinegar and water would be okay, but would avoid boiling the mix (shouldn't be necessary anyways). A search le...
by Balthazar
Sun Jan 03, 2021 8:21 am
Forum: Kettles & Heating Elements
Topic: Tetsubin
Replies: 158
Views: 24032

Re: Tetsubin

gatmcm : Thanks for the photos, looking good! I ended up ordering the H200 after all. One reason I had been holding off is that I assumed shipping would be much higher. Again, thanks for sharing your experience which taught me both that Amazon.co.jp has really good shipping prices for heavy items (...
by Balthazar
Sat Jan 02, 2021 2:14 pm
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Yixing
Replies: 3561
Views: 364638

Re: Yixing

That's a steal for a non-F1 70's pot though :mrgreen:
by Balthazar
Sat Jan 02, 2021 1:28 pm
Forum: Kettles & Heating Elements
Topic: Tetsubin
Replies: 158
Views: 24032

Re: Tetsubin

Thanks gatmcm , I've been thinking about picking one up from Amazon.co.jp for quite a while and it's really useful to see specific recommendations. Iwachu, Oigen and Ikenaga are the brands I have been considering (made in Japan) How much water do you find you can fill the H-200 with, before overspil...
by Balthazar
Sat Jan 02, 2021 1:27 am
Forum: Kettles & Heating Elements
Topic: Tetsubin
Replies: 158
Views: 24032

Re: Tetsubin

I'd say no, based on the meaning of the first character of 鉄瓶 (lit. "iron jar/jug/flask"). Whether or not the name is used for kettles of other materials in Japan, I do not know.
by Balthazar
Wed Dec 30, 2020 1:02 am
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Yixing
Replies: 3561
Views: 364638

Re: Yixing

Bok wrote:
Tue Dec 29, 2020 9:04 pm
Go pure. Maotai.
An antique pot filled with Maotai - can't think of a better gift for a senior official :D

Wouldn't be unheard of either, the Tuopai Shede is supposedly stored in Yixing clay for more than 8 years (although probably not antique :mrgreen: )

@karma: Beautiful pot!