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Old 11-06-2009, 09:14 AM   #1
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Tea in a pot vs tea by the cup

All the directions for making loose leaf tea that I have ever read said something like use one teaspoon of leaves per cup. If making a pot then add an extra teaspoon of leaves "for the pot". Why would you add extra leaves just because you are making tea in a pot as opposed to just making a single cup? Wouldn't you want the same strength tea? There must be a reason for this that I am just not seeing.

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Old 11-06-2009, 09:19 AM   #2
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Sorry, GB. Can't help. I'm a tea bag in a cup of microwaved water kind of guy.
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Old 11-06-2009, 09:57 AM   #3
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Old 11-06-2009, 10:07 AM   #4
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Old 11-06-2009, 10:33 AM   #5
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My gramma told me its because when you brew a pot you need more because the pot is bigger. When I was little that made a lot of sense. Now...not so much.
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Old 11-06-2009, 12:07 PM   #6
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Hmmmm. So strange. This is beyond my ken. I will have to ask an Irish lass.
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Old 11-06-2009, 02:52 PM   #7
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We get by with 6 tea bags per half gallon. Which is like making an 10 oz glass of tea with one tea bag.
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Old 11-06-2009, 05:13 PM   #8
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Depends on how strong I want my tea. It all depends on your preference, too. Some like it bitter and dark, some like it light, or medium. I find that it differs between teas, as well. Black teas are more potent so be careful not to let too much steep for too long. Green teas get bitter after too long and too strong. Fruit teas and white teas are great to leave in however long you want and at whatever quantity. Test and experiment is what I'm trying to say. There are no rules when it comes to tea making... GO WILD!!!

As wild as you can with tea.

If you want to try different teas, chai is good with milk and a bit of hot water.
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Old 11-06-2009, 08:45 PM   #9
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Oh I completely understand about making it as strong or weak as you like. The quetion I have is if you like it a certain strength then why would the recommend you make it that strong +1 when using a pot. You would think if you like it a certain strength at just one cup then you would want to keep the same strength in a pot, not increase it.
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It probably has something to do with an ancient ritual of -

One for you, one for me, and one for the Tea Gods.

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