- posted 14 years ago
I think I'm pouring water that is too hot for the tea leaves I'm using. I'd like to find a way to control the water temperature. I'm not patient enough to bring it to a boil and then watch the clock for two minutes or whatever until it's ready. I don't have the right kind of thermometer, but I imagine it wouldn't be hard to find- pretty much a candy thermometer from the grocery store, right? even so, it seems awkward.
so what do you all do? I can imagine several approaches:
1)boil water, then watch a thermometer until it cools to the right temp
2)put the kettle on with the thermometer in it and watch it until it comes up to the temp you want.
3)use a programmable electric kettle. I've never seen one, though.
4)boil water then mix it with cold water.
5)something I haven't thought of yet.
considering that tea has been around for more than a couple of weeks, I'm sure that a good solution or two have been worked out.
then there is the range of temperatures needed for the different kinds of tea. anybody have a link to a web page or something that has a chart of optimum brewing temperatures?