With us today is Adrian, also known as Badger. With an undergraduate in astrophysics and mathematics, he decided to put his talent towards helping us make a great cup of tea! When he's not slaying Sicilian Dragons or risking everything on a King's Gambit on a chessboard to get to the princess, he's randomly bouncing around the realms of books, games, and other hobbies. Oh, and he does enjoy a good cup of tea.
So here's Badger, answering the question, "If I accidentally let my water boil, how long should I let it cool before using it so it won't scorch my tea?"
Many of us have started a pot of water boiling and just forgot about the water until it is boiling, which more than likely scorches the teas as they are steeping. I know I have forgotten about the water to the point where the water evaporated from the pot! What can I say, besides chess is exciting? So I applied some of my schooling to find how long to wait after removing the pot from the burner for better tea-steeping temperatures, since most everyone has some form of timer/alarm now.
Assumptions: 1) boiling water in an open pot, 2) Room Temperature is ~70 degrees Fahrenheit.
NOTES: Temperatures for the teas were taken (read as "borrowed") from the blog on steeping teas. An open pot was assumed due to complications of a tea kettle retaining more heat than a pot, since the only openings are the spout and the lid (or in some models, they are the same).
The calculated times are only approximate since they do not take into consideration the specific heat of water (how well water retains heat).
White Teas: 170-175 degrees Fahrenheit, 6-7 minutes
Oolong Teas: 180-190 degrees Fahrenheit, 3.5-5 minutes
Black Teas: 190 degrees Fahrenheit or greater, no more than 3.5 minutes
Green Teas: 140-170 degrees Fahrenheit, 7-14.25 minutes; 160 degrees Fahrenheit, 9.25 minutes.
If you have any questions about my methods, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I will be more than happy to tell you about the methods I used. I will make another post with more accurate results taking into consideration the specific heat of water, and then on to the TEA KETTLE!!! :)