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Why you shouldn't brew tea twice: exceptions to consider

Yulia PoteriankoLife
Green tea, unlike black tea, is suitable for a second brewing

True tea connoisseurs know how easy it is to ruin the taste of a drink by brewing it incorrectly. The water temperature and steeping should be appropriate for the type of tea. But many people like to brew it in large quantities and use the brew to the end, and sometimes even re-fill it.

OBOZREVATEL figured out whether this is correct and in what cases there are exceptions to the general rules of brewing.

The 15-minute rule

All the beneficial properties of a flavored drink are retained for 15 minutes after brewing. After that, the leaves begin to give off too many tannins and nitrogenous substances. This makes the tea taste too tart and even bitter. In addition, it can be harmful to people with digestive problems. In particular, overstepped tea should not be consumed by those with high stomach acidity.

What happens to tea after brewing again

Tea gives off all its main benefits during the first pouring of boiling water. According to rough estimates, this way you can get up to 70% of all the substances for which the drink is famous. This means that the tea will have about 30% of its benefits left over for re-brewing. In addition, its taste suffers in this way, which becomes more blurred and does not reveal the bouquet as it should.

How many times can you brew tea

When it comes to black tea, it cannot be brewed again at all. Well-fermented leaves give off all their nutrients at once. They will have neither taste nor benefit the second time around. The same goes for herbal teas.

In contrast, less fermented teas - primarily green, but also white or red - are perfectly suitable for re-brewing. However, experts advise making each subsequent infusion 1-2 minutes longer.

Earlier, OBOZREVATEL talked about the most common mistakes when brewing tea.

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