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by Rickpatbrown
Thu May 21, 2020 6:40 pm
Forum: Green Tea
Topic: Shincha 2020, "the Year of COVID-19"
Replies: 110
Views: 15678

Re: Shincha 2020, "the Year of COVID-19"

faj and Chip Thanks for your comments. It's good to know that I'm on the right track, even if the train is going in the wrong direction. I decreased my tea/ water ratio down to 7g/140mL. I did not preheat my teapot, kept water at 160°C and I shortened the first infusion to 30s. This definitely got ...
by Rickpatbrown
Wed May 20, 2020 11:42 pm
Forum: Oolong Tea
Topic: What Oolong Are You Drinking
Replies: 1667
Views: 326723

Re: What Oolong Are You Drinking

jason19870313 wrote:
Wed May 20, 2020 8:13 am
Hehuanshan tea

This tea very good taste.

It is very floral sweet taste. It has lingering aftertaste for hours.
Is this from 2020 spring harvest? I cant wait to get some!
by Rickpatbrown
Wed May 20, 2020 8:39 am
Forum: Green Tea
Topic: Shincha 2020, "the Year of COVID-19"
Replies: 110
Views: 15678

Re: Shincha 2020, "the Year of COVID-19"

Received my tea from O-cha yesterday. It was shipped out Sunday night!! Amazing that I can get something from Japan in less than 2 days. I split 5 bags with 3 friends, so we are struggling with the best way to do this. We dont want to open all 5 bags at once, because they will lose their freshness. ...
by Rickpatbrown
Fri May 15, 2020 11:13 pm
Forum: Vendor Discussion & Recommendation
Topic: Puerh Vendor Topic
Replies: 58
Views: 20219

Re: Puerh Vendor Topic

I have never tasted a good Puer from Yunnan Sourcing. 7 years ago, I bought samples from them I didn't like any of their teas. Last month, I bought higher end samples but they all tasted mediocre. This also include their expensive 2017 Spring Bing Dao. When I started, I went through dozens of YS yo...
by Rickpatbrown
Thu May 14, 2020 8:41 pm
Forum: Green Tea
Topic: Shincha 2020, "the Year of COVID-19"
Replies: 110
Views: 15678

Re: Shincha 2020, "the Year of COVID-19"

Just put in my order for 5 bags. Sae Midori Sencha Kirishima Organic Sencha Yutaka Midori Sencha Chiran Sencha Uji Shincha Kirameki I was going to order 2 last night, but was greated with $23 shipping for $45 of tea. I couldn't stomach that, so I twisted a couple of friends arms 😁 $27 shipping. Cant...
by Rickpatbrown
Tue May 12, 2020 8:32 pm
Forum: Fermented Tea
Topic: Weird stuff in 8582 cake. Anyone know?
Replies: 4
Views: 937

Re: Weird stuff in 8582 cake. Anyone know?

Glad to hear others come to the same conclusion. It looked very localized. I would assume that mold would permeate through a few more layer and not brush off so easily.

Tea tasted good, regardless, lol.
by Rickpatbrown
Tue May 12, 2020 6:59 pm
Forum: Fermented Tea
Topic: Weird stuff in 8582 cake. Anyone know?
Replies: 4
Views: 937

Weird stuff in 8582 cake. Anyone know?

Bought this TWL tea the other month and overall, I'm really happy with it. Good price on a 2008 tea. Its has enough age to smooth it out, but it still has some power to it. I just ordered another 3 cakes. I can drink these with abandon and if there is some left in 10 years, might be really nice. I p...
by Rickpatbrown
Thu May 07, 2020 4:13 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Water Water Everywhere... What’s Your Water?
Replies: 380
Views: 82934

Re: Water Water Everywhere... What’s Your Water?

I do want to point out something though. I'm a little concerned about contamination of these roadside springs. I came across this article from Penn State extension https://extension.psu.edu/roadside-springs Basically, they said that 94% of the springs they tested failed at least one criterion for wa...
by Rickpatbrown
Thu May 07, 2020 12:27 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Water Water Everywhere... What’s Your Water?
Replies: 380
Views: 82934

Re: Water Water Everywhere... What’s Your Water?

I've been playing around with CaCO3 and NaHCO3. I used the Leone Spring water (19ppm) that I described above. Most methods use Epsom salts and baking soda (MgSO4 and NaHCO3) but real water is mostly CaCO3 from stone. The solubility of CaCO3 at neutral pH is very low, though. Adding most acids would ...
by Rickpatbrown
Tue May 05, 2020 5:30 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Water Water Everywhere... What’s Your Water?
Replies: 380
Views: 82934

Re: Water Water Everywhere... What’s Your Water?

I just want to share with people my sources of water for brewing tea. There are many natural spring water than can be collected for free. These water are filtered through the earth and they are safe to consume (we boil the water anyway). It's way better than any tap water or bottled water I have in...
by Rickpatbrown
Mon May 04, 2020 11:32 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Spring Tea Harvest and making of Oolong tea from San Jose California
Replies: 7
Views: 1338

Re: Spring Tea Harvest and making of Oolong tea from San Jose California

It is possible to grow teas in Northern California. I have a small tea garden in my backyard. This year is my 3rd year growing them. I am only able to make 40gm of Oolong tea with the first harvest. The aroma is good but the taste is average at best. However, it's 100% organic, safe too drink, and ...
by Rickpatbrown
Sun May 03, 2020 12:15 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Water Water Everywhere... What’s Your Water?
Replies: 380
Views: 82934

Re: Water Water Everywhere... What’s Your Water?

Wrote a post on the challenges of water. https://teasecrets.home.blog/2020/04/03/water-a-wicked-problem/ This is basically less of a report on any findings and more a report on the roadblocks and difficulties I've had understanding how water works. I've made almost 50 water recipes in the past year...
by Rickpatbrown
Wed Apr 29, 2020 7:31 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Best water for brewing tea is Natural Spring Water and it's free
Replies: 11
Views: 1987

Re: Best water for brewing tea is Natural Spring Water and it's free

This a really cool tool! Thanks for sharing. Looks like there's a free access spring about an hour from me. Leone Family Spring in Glenrock, PA. They take donations and use the money to get the water tested. It's at about 30 TDS, so a little soft, but I'm excited to give it a try. 2hr round trip for...
by Rickpatbrown
Sat Feb 01, 2020 6:32 pm
Forum: Oolong Tea
Topic: What Oolong Are You Drinking
Replies: 1667
Views: 326723

Re: What Oolong Are You Drinking

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This is Cha Hu Shan (teapot mountain) surrounding the old street of Jiufen
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by Rickpatbrown
Sat Feb 01, 2020 6:26 pm
Forum: Oolong Tea
Topic: What Oolong Are You Drinking
Replies: 1667
Views: 326723

Re: What Oolong Are You Drinking

debunix wrote:
Sat Feb 01, 2020 11:49 am
Rickpatbrown wrote:
Fri Jan 31, 2020 4:55 am
Jiufen tea house.
A bit pricey, but the tea house is truly spectacular, especially in the setting of Jiufen.
Any photos of the tea house and setting? The tea and table setting are lovely!
It was hard to capture. But. ..

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