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Stirring the tea

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Stirring the tea

In the mornings, I make a pot of tea, using a big brown china tea pot, and two tea bags.... only fill it half full, then "automatically" stir the liquid inside.

 

Am I wasting my effort?   the thought occurred to me that the water inside the tea bags will not be displaced, in the centrfugal movement of the "outside" water, being stirred.  therefore there will be no benefit or stronger "brew" by doing the ritual.

 

Anyone got any ideas if this is a worthwhile activity ? or not..   Your explanations will be very interesting. I am sure ! ! ..

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Re: Stirring the tea

Squeeze the bags against the side of the pot for a distinct improvement! Thumbs Up

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Re: Stirring the tea

Just before I put the teapot down and put on the cosy I give the pot a swirl.

I think it makes a difference because the tea is noticeable darker after the swirl.

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Re: Stirring the tea

Brownian motion is the main feature of brewing tea (high speed hot water molecules impacting the tea leaves)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-RtczIb-iFc

Stirring after some time will assist in evenly mixing the results

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Re: Stirring the tea

Tea bags were not designed for teapots, they were designed for mugs.

All you have (other than looking nice) is a colder cup of tea because of heat dispersal and an extra piece of crockery to wash up. Do the Japanese use teabags in those ceremonies of thiers? I think not.

Whatever next, coffee jar granules in a percolator? Smiley

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Re: Stirring the tea

Teapot ?

There are some posh folks on this forum ...... bet the tea is poured into a china cup on a china saucer, not forgetting the silver spoon or tray the above items are placed on.

For us tea bag in mug, hot water in mug 30 seconds, tea bag lifted in and out of water 3 times, not squashing tea bag.

Add milk and stir, job done.

This does not address the question asked simply because I do not know the answer.

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Re: Stirring the tea

We are not posh enough for pots in our house.

A must in the days of loose tea and tea strainers as well as being a great British tradition like bubble and squeak, bog snorkelling, and broken biscuits  - but tea bags in teapots, what's the point? 

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Re: Stirring the tea

Even though I am a Coffee drinker, Her indoors likes her tea made in her mug , not in the teapot , which is now consigned to a corner in the kitchen cupboard.
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Re: Stirring the tea


Minivanman wrote:

but tea bags in teapots, what's the point? 


One bag in a small teapot equals three cups plus. And given a short time to brew no it's not weak tea.

Also I've always found a teabag in a cup seems to impart a papery taste to the tea.

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