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by faj
Mon Aug 03, 2020 6:44 pm
Forum: Storage & Organization
Topic: Aging puerh: what is your setup?
Replies: 126
Views: 23548

Re: Aging puerh: what is your setup?

A/C takes moisture out of the air. Check your heat pump and you will see water coming from the drain line. That is humidity removed from your air. Dehumidifiers are basically air conditioning units that exhaust their excess heat in the same room so there is no net cooling effect, but water vapor co...
by faj
Mon Aug 03, 2020 2:07 pm
Forum: Storage & Organization
Topic: Aging puerh: what is your setup?
Replies: 126
Views: 23548

Re: Aging puerh: what is your setup?

The whole house is air conditioned. When the a/c is on the basement is very cold (my work from home office is down here, I wear a sweater even though boiling outside ;) ). It's a 3-year old home with a fully insulated basement. The closet's vent is closed, and it's usually stuffy in there. I really...
by faj
Mon Aug 03, 2020 11:29 am
Forum: Storage & Organization
Topic: Aging puerh: what is your setup?
Replies: 126
Views: 23548

Re: Aging puerh: what is your setup?

So I moved my pumidor from the cold and dry basement to a closet upstairs...two days after and although the temp went up about 4C the humidity humidity went down a couple % points. Thoughts? Is that surprising to you? I would expect a basement to have higher relative humidity than the anything abov...
by faj
Sun Aug 02, 2020 6:24 am
Forum: Green Tea
Topic: Your day in matcha
Replies: 223
Views: 37633

Re: Your day in matcha

I agree to the role of personal preference and even mood, in matcha/water ratio. But recently I tried [...] I would say this is a case of "and" rather than "but". Always fun experimenting to see what comes out of it, and what you can add to your bag of tricks. seeing how thick I could make some (re...
by faj
Sat Aug 01, 2020 6:09 pm
Forum: Green Tea
Topic: Your day in matcha
Replies: 223
Views: 37633

Re: Your day in matcha

I'm more curious whether I use too much water (8 oz) for my ~4 g of matcha... I guess there are no hard guidelines, so "too much water" is probably mostly a matter of preference. You can try with more water, less water, and see what difference it makes. You preference might very well vary depending...
by faj
Sat Aug 01, 2020 5:31 pm
Forum: Green Tea
Topic: Your day in matcha
Replies: 223
Views: 37633

Re: Your day in matcha

Speaking of matcha, what ratios are y'all using? I prepare sencha every now and then, but I really do not have a good grasp of the range of parameters others use and am curious to know too. I am slowly working down a matcha for which I use something around 1.2g to 1.5g for about 60ml (2oz) of water...
by faj
Fri Jul 31, 2020 6:45 pm
Forum: Special Events & Offerings
Topic: Special Offer: Ippodo Tokusen Gyokuro 2020
Replies: 35
Views: 1869

Re: Special Offer: Ippodo Tokusen Gyokuro 2020

Curious what temperature were you using for your first try? 60C The bite you experience, is that bitterness or fresh green notes? I would say bitterness, but not the kind you get when using too hot water. I also do not mean that the tea was bitter in absolute terms, but more that the level of "bite...
by faj
Fri Jul 31, 2020 6:13 pm
Forum: Special Events & Offerings
Topic: Special Offer: Ippodo Tokusen Gyokuro 2020
Replies: 35
Views: 1869

Re: Special Offer: Ippodo Tokusen Gyokuro 2020

First session today. 4g in 40ml preheated shiboridashi for 90 seconds. I went with a ratio a bit lower than the vendor recommendation because 4g is the usual amount of leaf I typically infuse with other gyokuros, and since other parameters were basically already my "default", that allowed me to make...
by faj
Wed Jul 29, 2020 7:43 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Do you eat any snacks with your tea?
Replies: 13
Views: 226

Re: Do you eat any snacks with your tea?

I typically never eat while drinking tea. I will usually wait long enough after a meal to prevent "aromatic interference" from occurring. I will often refrain from snacking if I expect to be making tea later. To me, if tea is the main focus, food is out of the picture. I could see myself choosing a ...
by faj
Mon Jul 27, 2020 11:46 am
Forum: Special Events & Offerings
Topic: Special Offer: Ippodo Tokusen Gyokuro 2020
Replies: 35
Views: 1869

Re: Special Offer: Ippodo Tokusen Gyokuro 2020

here are some more pics/details of the pot: https://www.teaforum.org/viewtopic.php?p=3943#p3943 good eye, it is made by master Hokujo. I do not think I have that keen of an eye : I own a Hokujo teapot that, while different in size, shape and clay, shares striking resemblance in several details. I w...
by faj
Mon Jul 27, 2020 6:59 am
Forum: Special Events & Offerings
Topic: Special Offer: Ippodo Tokusen Gyokuro 2020
Replies: 35
Views: 1869

Re: Special Offer: Ippodo Tokusen Gyokuro 2020

pedant wrote:
Sun Jul 26, 2020 9:59 pm
i just had my first session with it. it's good this year :)
Would you mind sharing a bit more details?

Also, may I ask about that teapot? Many details remind me of Hokujo's pots, but the clay seems different from what I remember seeing from him (maybe due to lighting or processing?).
by faj
Sat Jul 18, 2020 10:38 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Gong fu Brewing: What are your best tips for beginners?
Replies: 45
Views: 2252

Re: Gong fu Brewing: What are your best tips for beginners?

Weighing at first can help develop your eye for how much is enough tea. When you start out it's not intuitive that all of these weigh 1gram: https://live.staticflickr.com/4067/4354042479_861bdd82a4_z.jpg If anything, I thought this picture kind of understates the difference, maybe because the third...
by faj
Thu Jul 16, 2020 5:39 pm
Forum: News, Publications, & Research
Topic: Adagio overtakes Steepster ?
Replies: 33
Views: 1270

Re: Adagio overtakes Steepster ?

They essentially drove the car off the bridge ... several times ... because they could. In the process they essentially killed TC. In many cases, it is hard to tell whether self-defeating mistakes such as this one are made. Malice? Incompetence? Playing with things you do not understand? Seeing an ...
by faj
Sat Jul 11, 2020 6:55 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Resting Water
Replies: 26
Views: 658

Re: Resting Water

Along these lines but tangential: powdered turmeric is frequently adulterated with lead as color and filler. About 50% of what is sold in the US, even in ethnic groceries, is heavily contaminated with lead. I read once that people in ancient Rome added lead to wine. I had no idea lead could be will...
by faj
Sat Jul 11, 2020 6:37 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Resting Water
Replies: 26
Views: 658

Re: Resting Water

Baisao wrote:
Sat Jul 11, 2020 2:52 pm
No positives yet. I use the swabs from the big box store and they claim to work on hard, non-porous surfaces.
I really wish there were an easy way to test for lead content in a liquid. It is hard to tell if these kits work on anything else they were not designed for.