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by Tor
Sat Jan 25, 2020 9:02 pm
Forum: Green Tea
Topic: Sencha: what water temp do you use for the second cup?
Replies: 51
Views: 6410

Re: Sencha: what water temp do you use for the second cup?

faj When you said you aimed IR thermometer at the water, did you aim the red dot at the center of the vessel? If so, I think the temp you got was the temp of the bottom part of the water or vessel. If you aim the laser at the lowest point of the inside wall and gradually move up along its wall, you...
by Tor
Sat Jan 25, 2020 1:58 am
Forum: Green Tea
Topic: Sencha: what water temp do you use for the second cup?
Replies: 51
Views: 6410

Re: Sencha: what water temp do you use for the second cup?

.. I don't know what expert recommended using boiling water for a brief steeping of sencha.. .. Florent also wrote about using off the boil water to brew sencha in his blog: II. Experiments with boiling water Now I would like to present some methods of infusions that are not basics method. These ar...
by Tor
Sat Jan 18, 2020 1:09 am
Forum: Japan
Topic: When is Shudei No Longer Shudei
Replies: 21
Views: 1951

Re: Yamada Sou Mayake Kyusu

Baisao wrote:
Sat Jan 18, 2020 12:45 am
Of course shudei refers to the crimson color of the fired clay, but what is the name for the same clay when it is black/brown from reduction firing?
I heard some people called it shidei, but mostly they referred to Banko clay.
by Tor
Sat Jan 18, 2020 12:16 am
Forum: Japan
Topic: When is Shudei No Longer Shudei
Replies: 21
Views: 1951

Re: Yamada Sou Mayake Kyusu

How can we call the oxygen reduced fired clay ‘shudei’? It doesn’t matter if it’s been fired in a gas, electric, or wood fired kiln. If the surface of the pottery doesn’t get oxygen, it is not shudei.
by Tor
Mon Dec 30, 2019 10:52 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Water Additives
Replies: 8
Views: 1035

Re: Water Additives

Yes, so you should try Matt’s recipe. Those ingredients are cheap, household stuffs. You can also use RO instead of distilled water.
by Tor
Mon Dec 30, 2019 9:16 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Water Additives
Replies: 8
Views: 1035

Re: Water Additives

Interesting article. Lots of chemistry. Have you tried that recipe? I've never used bamboo charcoal. I always thought of it for deodorizing or purifying water. Does it mineralize water as well? I’ve never tried the recipe with tea. I’ve tried filtered water from BWT which uses Mg mineralizer and fo...
by Tor
Sun Dec 29, 2019 10:59 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Water Additives
Replies: 8
Views: 1035

Re: Water Additives

Stephen wrote:
Sun Dec 29, 2019 2:09 pm
.. It's delicious water for drinking, but makes sharp tasting tea without much body.
In that case, you may try bamboo charcoal.
by Tor
Sun Dec 29, 2019 10:44 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Water Additives
Replies: 8
Views: 1035

Re: Water Additives

You might want to try Matt’s recipe here:

https://baristahustle.com/blog/diy-wate ... o-bottles/

Generally I don’t feel Mg works as nice for tea as for coffee, but that’s subjective.
by Tor
Wed Dec 25, 2019 12:27 am
Forum: Japan
Topic: Teaware safety
Replies: 8
Views: 1136

Re: Teaware safety

I use a Magic Eraser and warm water on smooth porcelain pieces when I need to remove stains. It will not scratch the porcelain at all. “..when melamine resin cures into foam, its microstructure becomes very hard -- almost as hard as glass -- causing it to perform on stains a lot like super-fine san...
by Tor
Fri Dec 20, 2019 2:21 am
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Finally Figured Out which Pot I want
Replies: 23
Views: 2404

Re: Finally Figured Out which Pot I want

thommes wrote:
Thu Dec 19, 2019 2:15 pm
..
The pot that I saw that says pick me, is mostly cylindrical, with a lid.
..
How about this one?

https://www.mudandleaves.com/store/p569 ... 150ml.html
by Tor
Wed Nov 27, 2019 9:23 pm
Forum: Fermented Tea
Topic: Pu-er Drinker Wannabe
Replies: 30
Views: 3327

Re: Pu-er Drinker Wannabe

On a different track, with Japanese greens I sometimes get notes of seaweed and sea air and have wondered if that’s coming from soil possibly fertilized using plant and fish from the ocean. Maybe not, but wonder how that aroma and flavor is occurring. “Dimethyl sulfide (DMS) is a compound with chem...
by Tor
Wed Nov 06, 2019 8:08 am
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Puzzled wannabe Yixing buyer
Replies: 203
Views: 17526

Re: Puzzled wannabe Yixing buyer

My teapot from Mud and Leaves has arrived! I also have their DCQ teapot. In my limited experience, their DCQ is quite decent. Looks like high-fired. Not very noticeable muting. Very little mineral effect. Fairly balanced taste-wise. No weird mouthfeel from the first brew. Overall, a good functional...
by Tor
Wed Nov 06, 2019 7:19 am
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Puzzled wannabe Yixing buyer
Replies: 203
Views: 17526

Re: Puzzled wannabe Yixing buyer

@Bok , @Youzi Ah! I see. Thank you very much.
by Tor
Wed Nov 06, 2019 6:22 am
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Puzzled wannabe Yixing buyer
Replies: 203
Views: 17526

Re: Puzzled wannabe Yixing buyer

...and know that no reduction firing was going on... I’ve been wondering why Yixing potters never fire their teapots with oxygen reduced. Japanese Tokoname potters seem to even prefer the black reduction fired teapots to the red oxidation fired ones. I heard that some Yixing potters have done it. I...
by Tor
Tue Nov 05, 2019 4:59 am
Forum: Japan
Topic: Hojo Response Delay
Replies: 26
Views: 3051

Re: Hojo Response Delay

He just posted something on Facebook 6 hours ago. If you have an account you might wanna try sending him a message.

https://www.facebook.com/13015085366453 ... 62?sfns=mo