Puerh and other heicha
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When I bust off a chunk from a pu cake, I dont use the loose stuff that falls off. Ive found that it doesnt brew properly and comes out very bitter and astringent. I only use the main chunck. Ive noticed that I really am throwing away a lot of material. Do others do this, or have you learned the brewing parameters needed for the loose stuff?
That’s what I would do too. Crushed / broken bits would always add a slight bitter or astringent taste to the tea... you can try controlling the steeping time to limit the astringency of the tea... but if it’s an old tea you’re brewing, astringency should not be any issue all.
I add the dust from breaking up to the bags of chunks (these bags are what I store in my tea baskets/tea drawer). When I get to the end of a bag, and there is a lot of small stuff, I dump it into a small pot with fine holes (gets too messy in a gaiwan), and brew with care--shorter infusions, diluting more--because the fines release stuff faster, like a teabag. As long as I'm prepared for that, no problem. It may not yield the finest infusions, but it's not bad.
Interesting I’m hearing more and more people from our tea community are making Kombucha, that’s how I started my tea journey years ago. Boiling the particles sounds like an idea, but better use a very fine strainer before feeding the scooby’s .