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2020-08-04 1:57:39 PM  
FFS, or you could just stir the cup of water when you take it out of the microwave. I make my tea using a thermometer anyway, more often than not I'm waiting for the water to cool after taking it out of the microwave. Only black tea requires near boiling temp, green and white tea require significantly lower brew temps.
 
2020-08-04 2:04:44 PM  

swaniefrmreddeer: Only black tea requires near boiling temp, green and white tea require significantly lower brew temps.


Yep.  I typically have some Ito En - green tea in the bag (instant at home).  It's hot water and 30 seconds.  Which is handy at work with the hot-water dispenser.

It's way easier to fark up a cup of Earl Grey (though I don't usually unless I'm doing 100 things).  And I just use the kettle at home.
 
2020-08-04 2:35:43 PM  

swaniefrmreddeer: FFS, or you could just stir the cup of water when you take it out of the microwave. I make my tea using a thermometer anyway, more often than not I'm waiting for the water to cool after taking it out of the microwave. Only black tea requires near boiling temp, green and white tea require significantly lower brew temps.


Honestly, one of my best investments has been an electric kettle. I have one with 6 different temperature settings so I can set it for each tea type. It also brings water to a boil pretty fast, which is also convenient when cooking.
 
2020-08-04 2:56:49 PM  

greentea1985: swaniefrmreddeer: FFS, or you could just stir the cup of water when you take it out of the microwave. I make my tea using a thermometer anyway, more often than not I'm waiting for the water to cool after taking it out of the microwave. Only black tea requires near boiling temp, green and white tea require significantly lower brew temps.

Honestly, one of my best investments has been an electric kettle. I have one with 6 different temperature settings so I can set it for each tea type. It also brings water to a boil pretty fast, which is also convenient when cooking.


We got one a few years ago.  120V isn't as fast but I get boiling water for my French press fairly quickly and it doesn't clutter the stove like the tea kettle did.
 
2020-08-04 3:35:54 PM  

greentea1985: Honestly, one of my best investments has been an electric kettle.


If you're a regular tea drinker, it's essential.

Otherwise it's like making Asian food regularly without a rice cooker. Yes, you can do it on the stove, but why? It's harder, takes longer, and usually comes out worse.
 
2020-08-04 3:39:27 PM  

enry: greentea1985: swaniefrmreddeer: FFS, or you could just stir the cup of water when you take it out of the microwave. I make my tea using a thermometer anyway, more often than not I'm waiting for the water to cool after taking it out of the microwave. Only black tea requires near boiling temp, green and white tea require significantly lower brew temps.

Honestly, one of my best investments has been an electric kettle. I have one with 6 different temperature settings so I can set it for each tea type. It also brings water to a boil pretty fast, which is also convenient when cooking.

We got one a few years ago.  120V isn't as fast but I get boiling water for my French press fairly quickly and it doesn't clutter the stove like the tea kettle did.


Yes. I brew tea daily, often steeping several times. Usually I brew in a French press or an inverted French press, aka an IngenuiTea and its knock-offs. Yes, if I was in the UK or Europe, it would brew faster, but it is still faster and easier than stovetop.
 
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2020-08-04 3:52:31 PM  
I use the microwave and wow, it's still tea!  Tastes like tea!  Even still has the minor amount of caffeine I desire!

I don't have the patience to wait for a kettle to boil, although if my wife is boiling water for her French press, I'll use some of that.  Don't notice any difference at all.

However - when I can afford it, I will get an electric kettle, just to try it out.
 
2020-08-04 4:05:59 PM  

FNG: I use the microwave and wow, it's still tea!  Tastes like tea!  Even still has the minor amount of caffeine I desire!

I don't have the patience to wait for a kettle to boil, although if my wife is boiling water for her French press, I'll use some of that.  Don't notice any difference at all.

However - when I can afford it, I will get an electric kettle, just to try it out.


I think our electric kettle was $20.  It boils then shuts off so it's a bit more....efficient(?) than boiling in the microwave.
 
2020-08-04 4:12:03 PM  
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Put tea in tea pot.  Usually 1T per cup +1 for the pot.
Boil sufficient water in kettle.
Pour hot water into pot.  Stir once or twice.  Cover pot with a cozy.
Wait 10 minutes to allow a brew.  Longer if you like it stronger.
Pour tea through a strainer into cup/s
Enjoy with a biscuit or biscotti.
 
2020-08-04 4:30:32 PM  
FTFA: "But die-hard microwave users need not lower their heads in shame."

This is a filthy lie. They should be branded and required to wear special hats, that God-fearing citizens may know them on sight and shun them for their perversity.
 
2020-08-04 4:32:49 PM  
I use a Hamilton Beach electric kettle, pour boiling water over the tea. I did use the microwave for twenty years. I taste no difference in the tea. I like the electric kettle because it is easier to fill it and heat as needed.
 
2020-08-04 5:01:48 PM  
Epic Tea Time with Alan Rickman (Official HD Version)
Youtube eob7V_WtAVg


Seems relevant.
 
2020-08-04 5:32:48 PM  
Masters of Reality - T.U.S.A.
Youtube DTuXBoA688Y
 
2020-08-04 5:38:27 PM  
It's pretty much a given that I make tea wrong.  Everyone does.  There's not a single person who will describe their way of making tea that won't find people lining up to tell them they're doing it wrong.  It's either the wrong kind of tea, or the wrong amount of tea, or the wrong amount of water, or the wrong temperature of water, or the wrong vessel to make it in, or the wrong vessel to serve it in, or the wrong additions (sugar? Milk? Lemon? who the fark knows?)

/I have a British friend that cringes when I tell him how much I like a nice cold glass of tea
//always thought tea with milk tasted like spinach, but maybe that's just me.
 
2020-08-04 5:44:03 PM  
How to make tea:

Step one:  Dump it into the harbor.
 
2020-08-04 5:44:08 PM  
how to make iced tea (the creepy way) with Steve Sutton
Youtube UFLiuaEtvdo
 
2020-08-04 6:00:46 PM  
One teaspoon of loose tea
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in a re-usable k-cup
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makes really good nearly instant tea.

I usually drink it iced (brewed directly into a mug full of ice cubes)
 
2020-08-04 6:02:56 PM  
I'm not a coffee drinker, but I got a Keurig machine years ago for guests.  I was happy to find that it's a pretty good tea machine, too.
 
2020-08-04 6:34:45 PM  
$mai_waifu used to have a B70 (K75?) and that stupidly-ginormous reservoir was *perfect* for making a pot of tea, just cycle as much hot water as you need. (I've tried putting tea directly in a filter-cup, but it's always too quick and comes out as faintly colored water.)
but after a couple years, one of the solenoids oxidized and jammed (apparently this is normal!) - and it was too much of a pain to get the parts to DIY. ah well.

then I bought some inexpensive hamilton beach monstrosity that has a 12-cup carafe on one side, and a single-serving K-machine on t'other. usually 2 or 3 cycles through the k-side is enough water for a teapot.

the real question, however, is: milk. wars have been started over less. I add tea to milk, so that it won't scald. the opposing side finds this a travesty and a heresy.

then again, I always keep some cans of full-fat powdered milk and will happily use that in a pinch. this apparently is also an abomination.

/new set of double-lid tins arriving this week, yay!

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2020-08-04 6:46:10 PM  

greentea1985: enry: greentea1985: swaniefrmreddeer: FFS, or you could just stir the cup of water when you take it out of the microwave. I make my tea using a thermometer anyway, more often than not I'm waiting for the water to cool after taking it out of the microwave. Only black tea requires near boiling temp, green and white tea require significantly lower brew temps.

Honestly, one of my best investments has been an electric kettle. I have one with 6 different temperature settings so I can set it for each tea type. It also brings water to a boil pretty fast, which is also convenient when cooking.

We got one a few years ago.  120V isn't as fast but I get boiling water for my French press fairly quickly and it doesn't clutter the stove like the tea kettle did.

Yes. I brew tea daily, often steeping several times. Usually I brew in a French press or an inverted French press, aka an IngenuiTea and its knock-offs. Yes, if I was in the UK or Europe, it would brew faster, but it is still faster and easier than stovetop.


Handle checks out.
 
2020-08-04 8:40:18 PM  
T

There, not so farking hard is it?
 
2020-08-04 8:51:49 PM  

Moosedick Gladys Greengroin: T

There, not so farking hard is it?


No, no, no, that's all wrong!
 
2020-08-04 9:00:32 PM  

Cyber Duck: Moosedick Gladys Greengroin: T

There, not so farking hard is it?

No, no, no, that's all wrong!


T ?
 
2020-08-04 9:09:06 PM  
It's amazing the things I learned from the hitch hiker's guide to the galaxy. I guess these scientists have never heard of Brownian motion. I think a microwave works just fine. But the kettle gives a more homey feel.
Brownian Motion Simulation Java
Youtube WHnZhyUlIH8
 
2020-08-04 9:45:44 PM  

fasahd: It's amazing the things I learned from the hitch hiker's guide to the galaxy. I guess these scientists have never heard of Brownian motion. I think a microwave works just fine. But the kettle gives a more homey feel.
[Youtube-video https://www.youtube.com/embed/WHnZhyUl​IH8]


I'd guess that they're aware of both Brownian motion and the Dunning-Kruger effect.

The article covers why Brownian motion doesn't help you much here.  Since a microwave applies relatively constant uneven heating throughout the liquid, a heat transport mechanism (whether diffusion like you're talking about or convection like the article talks about) can't overcome the constant uneven heating.

Stovetop heating apparently is done in such a way that convection can actually do the heat transport.  For most of the liquid, convection seems to be doing the job.

But anyway, electric kettles are clearly the best, as people have said.  It's hard getting the temp right on non black teas otherwise, and its very fast.
 
2020-08-04 10:22:59 PM  

greentea1985: swaniefrmreddeer: FFS, or you could just stir the cup of water when you take it out of the microwave. I make my tea using a thermometer anyway, more often than not I'm waiting for the water to cool after taking it out of the microwave. Only black tea requires near boiling temp, green and white tea require significantly lower brew temps.

Honestly, one of my best investments has been an electric kettle. I have one with 6 different temperature settings so I can set it for each tea type. It also brings water to a boil pretty fast, which is also convenient when cooking.


THIS.

I had an electric kettle, but my friend just bought me the one with different settings for tea. And a gooseneck for pour-over coffee. It keeps the water hot for a little over an hour, but I haven't used that function yet.  When I make tea in the morning, I pour the water into a thermal tea pot so I can have hot tea all day.

/doing it wrong
 
2020-08-05 3:04:55 AM  
(shoves loaded tea kettle up subby's butthole)

You have never done anything correctly in your entire life. Including being born.
 
2020-08-05 6:07:46 AM  
So, people before electricity were doing it wrong then?
Stick your finger in it, feels right, soak tea, count to potato.
Temperature and steep time, it's not rocket surgery.
 
2020-08-05 2:15:23 PM  
FFS. There isn't going to be a thermocline in my mug of microwaved boiled water. Even if the bubbbles somehow impossibly haven't roiled it up already, I'm going to swirl either a bag or an infuser around in it thirty seconds later. Anyway, I do most of my tea drinking at work, and our only other source of heated water is a nasty Keurig machine.
 
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