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Green Tea: Brewing

Green Tea: Brewing

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1. Heat your water to the desired temperature.

2. While this is heating, set your timer to the prescribed brewing time, and place your tea into your brewing container.

3. Once the water is hot, fill your cups to begin warming them up.

4. Pour a small amount of water into your brewing container over your tea, and swirl it around for about 5 seconds. This serves two purposes: it raises the temperature of the container to the temperature of the water, and it rinses any dust or small pieces off of the tea. Immediately pour out and dispose of the rinse water.

5. Next, start your timer and quickly fill your container again with hot water, all the way up this time.

6. As soon as the timer goes off, pour out the water you’ve left in your cups, and then immediately pour your tea into the cups (or an additional container). If using a strainer basket, you may simply remove the basket.

7. Drink and enjoy!

Adding Tea to Mead - Questions

I have made four 5-gallon batches of mead over the last year and a half, all at separate times. Used different recipes for each. Two of the batches are still aging in bulk. One of the batches is half aging in bottles and half already drank, and the remaining batch, the first batch I brewed, is almost all drank. Of the two batches I drank (one completely, one in part), they both tasted great.

I've used different recipes but not ever used tea.

I'm about to start another batch, and am curious about adding tea, as I've read this is something people do.

9 lbs (3/4 gallon) butter-bean honey (light/soft)
6 lbs (1/2 gallon) buckwheat honey (dark/strong)
Yeast nutrients
Lalvin d47 yeast
4 (roughly) gallons of water (bring total must to 5 gal)

3 weeks primary fermentation
1 month secondary
1 additional month secondary
rack + halt fermentation
1 month oaked with oak spirals
bulk age for 6 months
continue to age some, and drink some

My question is this. How much tea to I brew for roughly 5 gallons of must?
Do I brew it and then add it to the must prior to primary fermentation?
Or do I wait and add it to secondary fermentation?
Or do I wait until I've halted fermentation and add it to the mead prior to aging?

Green Tea Recipes

Use one teaspoon of loose tea leaves for a small pot of tea. Use two teaspoons for a large pot of tea. Boil water, then pour into a porcelain teapot or mug and let cool for one minute. Add tea leaves and let brew for 1 to 3 minutes, depending on the desired strength. Serve or add to juice immediately.

Preparation Tip

The most important tip for steeping green tea is to use water that is just below the boiling point. Steep for under three minutes. This will draw out the maximum benefit from the tea and the least amount of caffeine.

Apple Ginger Tea

The ginger in this hot drink helps to reduce nausea associated with cancer treatment.
½ apple, seeds removed
½-inch slice of raw ginger
6 ounces hot green tea
Juice the apple and ginger according to your juice machine’s instructions.
Pour the juice into a mug and add hot green tea.
Drink immediately.
Makes 1 serving

Green Tea Miso Soup

4 cups strongly brewed green tea
3 tablespoons finely chopped scallions
Optional: 1 tablespoon nori flakes
4 tablespoons miso paste
In a large saucepan, gently heat the tea. Add the scallions and the nori flakes if desired. Nori adds minerals and a rich, salty flavor to soup.
Remove from heat and stir in miso. Serve immediately.
Makes 4 servings

What Does The Research Show?​

Exercising and drinking green tea may help prevent depression among breast cancer survivors.

Depression is a major concern among cancer patients and survivors. Some estimates report that the prevalence of depression in this population is as high as 55%. Depression can reduce quality of life and also potentially affect survival.

Researchers from Vanderbilt University conducted a study to determine whether lifestyle factors prevented depression among breast cancer survivors. They analyzed activity levels food, tea, and alcohol consumption smoking and supplement use among 1,399 Chinese women who were treated for breast cancer in Shanghai, China, between 2002 and 2006.

Eighteen months post-diagnosis, 26% of women experienced depressive symptoms and 13% met the criteria for clinical depression. Women appeared to benefit from regular exercise𠅎xercisers were 20% less likely to be mildly or clinically depressed. Furthermore, the higher the exercise level, the lower the likelihood was for depression. When compared with non-exercising women, those who exercised two hours per week were 28% less likely to be depressed, and those who exercised more than that were 42% less likely to be depressed.

Regular consumption of green tea also appeared to reduce the risk of depression. Among the 183 women who drank tea, the risk of depression was about 36% lower compared with the non-tea drinkers. The majority of tea drinkers (90%) reported drinking green tea.

The researchers concluded that regular exercise and tea consumption could help prevent depression among breast cancer survivors.(1,2)

Consumption of green tea may be contraindicated for patients who are receiving treatment with Velcade® (bortezomib).

Polyphenols in green tea may actually negate the therapeutic benefits of the drug, according to the results of a study published in Blood.Velcade is a proteosome inhibitor that is used in the treatment of multiple myeloma. Proteosomes are proteins found in virtually all cells. They are responsible for the breakdown and reuse of a cell’s other proteins. Proteosomes regulate several aspects of cellular activity, including survival. By inhibiting proteosomes, Velcade has demonstrated an ability to reduce cellular survival.

Green tea has often been lauded as a “miracle herb,” and many holistic healthcare practitioners advocate for heavy use of it. Green tea contains a polyphenol called epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) that has been shown to prevent cancer cells by changing the way normal cells react to potential carcinogens entering the body. EGCG also appears to create chemical changes that kill active cancer cells in multiple myeloma, breast, cervical, and colon cancer tumors. As a result, many cancer patients turn to green tea with the hopes that it will help in the fight against cancer.

However, recent research indicates that green tea may have its drawbacks.Because of the apparent anti-tumor effects of green tea, researchers conducted a study to determine whether a combination of green tea and Velcade would provide increased anti-tumor activity in multiple myeloma and glioblastoma. On the contrary, the results indicated that the EGCG in green tea prevented the tumor cell death induced by Velcade. This unexpected effect of EGCG only occurred with boronic acid-based proteosome inhibitors (Velcade, MG-262, PS-IX) and not with several non-boronic acid-based proteosome inhibitors (Viracept, MG-132, PS-I). The researchers stated: 𠇎GCG directly reacted with Velcade and blocked its proteosome inhibitory function.” As a result, Velcade could not induce tumor cell death.The researchers concluded that green tea polyphenols may inhibit the anti-tumor activity of Velcade and suggest that green tea products may be contraindicated for patients receiving therapy with Velcade.(3-7)

Green Tea Does Not Appear Effective for Metastatic Prostate Cancer

Green tea does not appear to be an effective treatment option for patients with metastatic, androgen-independent prostate cancer.

Researchers from the Mayo Clinic recently conducted a clinical trial evaluating the effects of green tea in the treatment of metastatic, androgen-independent prostate cancer. Green tea contains substances called polyphenols, which have demonstrated an ability to inhibit cancer growth and induce cancer cell death in laboratory studies. Patients in this trial received six grams of green tea daily and were monitored monthly. Initially, 4% of patients achieved a 50% decrease in their PSA levels. However, four months following treatment, no patient maintained these declined PSA levels. At the end of the first month, the average PSA levels had increased by 41%. Side effects were mild and included nausea, vomiting, insomnia, fatigue, diarrhea, abdominal pain and confusion.(8)

The researchers concluded that green tea does not appear to be very effective for the treatment of metastatic, androgen-independent prostate cancer. However, different manufacturing styles and/or forms of this compound (i.e. tincture, powder, oil) may provide different results.

Green Tea Appears Ineffective Against Hormone-Resistant Prostate Cancer

According to a study recently published in the journal Cancer, green tea failed to reduce prostate specific antigen levels in patients with advanced prostate cancer.

Another clinical trial conducted at the Mayo Clinic and the North Central Cancer Treatment Group enrolled 42 men with advanced, hormone-resistant prostate cancer. Each patient consumed six concentrated doses of green tea daily, roughly the equivalent of 6-12 glasses of green tea a day. Each month, PSA levels for patients were measured to determine effectiveness of treatment. At the end of the first month, only one patient experienced a decrease in PSA levels. The drop was significant, 50%, but lasted for only two months. In contrast, the remaining patients experienced a minimum PSA increase of 43% after the first month of treatment with green tea.

Side effects were also a problem during the study. The majority of patients reported experiencing mild to severe nausea, vomiting, insomnia, and confusion. These side effects are classic symptoms of caffeine overdose, which researchers attributed to the caffeine within green tea.

These researchers concluded that green tea does not appear to be an effective treatment for advanced, hormone-resistant prostate cancer. However, they noted that this form of prostate cancer is particularly difficult to treat and suggested that research on green tea for other forms of prostate cancer should continue.(9)

Have You Been Brewing Green Tea Wrong This Whole Time?

You know how to make tea, right? It's not exactly rocket science: boil water, pour it over tea bag or leaves, steep to desired strength.

But. This is not how green tea should be made.

You Can Make This Herbal Tea from Anything

“Never put boiling water on green tea," says Rona Tison, senior vice president of corporate relations for Japanese tea maker ITO EN. "It will bring out the bitterness.”

In fact, the way to prepare green tea depends on which kind you have. Read on to find out more about the different types of green tea and how to make it right.

All tea comes from the same plant. But with green tea, the leaves are quickly heated after harvesting, which halts the oxidation and fermentation that would otherwise turn them dark.

In Japan and China, the two countries most famous for green tea, the processing methods differ, which, along with terroir and growing practices, factor into the immense variety of styles and flavors of green tea.

In China, the freshly picked tea leaves are pan-fired, which adds roasted, earthy notes.

In Japan, the leaves are typically steamed, resulting in more fragile, herbaceous teas, says Rona Tison, senior vice president of corporate relations for Japanese tea maker ITO EN.

It’s lower in caffeine and higher in a particular type of antioxidants called catechins, which have been linked to a host of health benefits, including a lower risk of heart disease, diabetes, and other ills.

Ultimate Hydrating Iced Tea

Matcha is a specific type of green tea that is ground into a fine powder. It can be used to make ice cream and doughnuts and lattes and more. But matcha powder is a lot more expensive than most other green tea, and can be harder to find. Since it's in powder form, it's also prepared differently than loose or bagged green tea leaves, as explained below.

Buy it as you would any tea—from a reputable source, and not in warehouse club–level quantities.

Look for fresh, vibrant leaves. “The brighter green, the better. If it looks sort of like hay, it’s not going to be as flavorful and fresh,” says Tison.

Avoid green tea that's stored and sold in glass canisters. Light exposure degrades the leaves. And to that end, at home, keep your tea in an airtight, preferably metal, container, away from moisture and heat.

It’ll naturally oxidize once you open and start brewing it, but if it's fresh and you’ve followed the above advice, green tea will keep for at least six months.

The Secret Ingredient Japanese Cooks Use for Super-Fast Dinners

Here are some of the most popular and a few lesser-known types of green tea.

Sencha. The classic and most consumed green tea.

Bancha. An everyday tea made from the later harvest of tea leaves.

Shincha. The opposite of bancha, a lively, fresh-tasting tea made from the first harvest of the first spring crop. “It’s like Beaujolais Nouveau,” says Tison.

Hojicha. Made from roasted leaves, and much lower in caffeine than other green teas.

Genmaicha. A blend of traditional sencha and roasted rice, which adds a nutty flavor.

Kukicha. Made from the leaf stems and stalks. "It’s not as refined," says Tison.

Gyokuro. The finest, richest, sweetest of all green teas. Tea plants are covered with shade a few weeks before harvesting, which amps up their green color and flavor. After steaming, the leaves are rolled into very fine needles.

Tencha. Also shade-grown and used primarily to make matcha, by grinding only the leafy parts into a fine powder.

Gunpowder. A strong-flavored tea with dark, pellet-shaped leaves.

Jasmine. A popular scented tea, traditionally made by layering jasmine blooms over the tea leaves. Commercial brands nowadays might use jasmine oil or extract.

Dragonwell (longjing, Lung Ching). One of the most famous and prized Chinese teas, with flat, sword-shaped, light green leaves and a gentle sweetness.

Pi Lo Chun (biluochun). Fragrant and vegetal in flavor. The leaves look like tiny, tightly curled snails.

For most Japanese teas, stay in the 175- to 180-degree range with Chinese teas, you can go up a few degrees. (Don't feel like taking your water's temperature every morning? Bring the kettle to a gentle boil, turn it off, and let it cool for a few minutes before pouring. The temperature should be about right for the heartier teas.) For more delicate teas such as Gyokuro, the water temperature should be even lower, say, 140 degrees, Tison says.

Steeping times can vary depending on the type of tea and personal preference, but again, as logic goes, more delicate teas get a shorter steeping time. (Matcha is the exception. It is not steeped but rather whisked with water.)

Generally, figure one minute for Japanese teas and two to three minutes for Chinese teas.

2 Ways to Brew Green Tea

Boiled Water Brewing

To make a large pitcher of green tea, boil 2 quarts (8 cups) of water, remove from heat and drop in 2 Family Size Luzianne ® Iced Green Tea bags. Brew 3-5 minutes and sweeten* to taste, if desired. Transfer to pitcher place in fridge and enjoy throughout the week.

How to Brew Green Sun Tea

Fill a clean, clear glass container with 2 quarts (8 cups) of water, add 2 Luzianne ® Family Size Iced Green Tea bags. Place a cap or cover loosely on the container and place it in direct sunlight to steep for 3-4 hours (do not exceed 4 hours). Remove tea bags and sweeten* to taste, if desired, before refrigerating.

*Liquid sweeteners are the best way to sweeten cold tea. To make 1 cup of simple syrup, combine 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water in a saucepot over high heat. Stir. Bring mixture to a boil cook and stir until sugar is dissolved, about 90 seconds. Place in refrigerator to cool. Pour into a squeeze bottle for use.

Tips for brewing loose leaf green tea

To make a perfect cup of green tea, every time and with any tea leaf, follow these guidelines.

Preheat your teaware

Preheating teapot and cups is very important when brewing green tea. As you need to use much cooler water for brewing, contact with cold teaware will make it even cooler.

Use a special teapot for green tea only

Green tea is the most delicate tea type. Using teapots with black tea or herbal tea residue is likely to influence the flavor.

Use glass or glazed ceramics teaware

Glass or glazed ceramics are the best option for delicate tea leaves. Some materials like cast iron or unglazed ceramics may leave a bad taste if they are not maintained properly.

Always use fresh spring water

Green tea is delicate. If you use hard tap water, it will become murky and too mineral. On the other hand, if you choose distilled water, it will be flat and uninteresting.

Avoid paper filters

Using a paper tea bag for making green tea is likely to make your cup taste like paper. Some types of tea like rooibos or strong black teas may handle the “paper note”, but green tea cannot.

Avoid old plastic and metal strainers

For the same reason avoid old plastic and metal strainers. They may give an unpleasant note too.

Never use less than 2-3 grams of tea

Using less than 2-3 grams per tea per cup of water won’t be enough to extract the best flavor. 2-3 grams equals one teaspoon of loose tea – rounded for smaller broken types and heaped for bigger unbroken leaves.

Choose the perfect temperature

Never over-brew green tea

Some teas may handle long steeping time, but every over-brewed green tea will become yellowish-brown, bitter and astringent and unpleasant to drink. Keep your steep time up to 3 min max, regarding the type or water temperature. Strain the leaves before drinking.

Drink it while it’s still hot

Green tea will lose flavor and color much faster than other tea types. Drink it while it’s still hot, but not too hot to cause the burns.


To enjoy the flavor to the fullest, steep green tea for 2-4 times. Even flavored green tea leaves can be used at least twice, but expect weaker notes.

One of the best things about iced green tea (apart from being deliciously tasty and refreshing, of course) is that it can be rustled up in minutes. What’s more, there are endless ways to customize it too – like adding fresh mint or juiced fruit to taste.


  1. Boil four cups of water in a kettle and leave for a few minutes so the temperature naturally drops slightly.
  2. Add 3 to 5 green teabags to a heat-proof pitcher and pour in the water.
  3. Leave to brew for 1 to 5 minutes.
  4. Remove teabags and add a little sugar if desired.
  5. Stir in six cups of ice cubes until melted, or use four cups of cold water
  6. Add freshly sliced lemon to taste. Keep refrigerated and drink within 24 hours.

To give your brew an even more refreshing taste, try throwing a handful of mint leaves into your pitcher before pouring in the water.

Feeling fruity? Add slices of pineapple, peach or guava to the pitcher before the water. And when you’ve finished, be sure to enjoy the tangy marinated fruit at the bottom of your glass! If you're looking for more inspiration, why not check out our strawberry iced tea recipe. Or try making our party favorite iced raspberry green tea.


There’s a famous quote about life being an experiment – and we couldn’t agree more. So why not try some other flavors for your iced tea? You could even combine different Lipton® infusions like Purple Acai and Blueberry Green Tea. Go on, live a little.

So if the sun’s out and there’s a clear blue sky, then it’s green iced tea time. And when you serve up this deliciously refreshing brew, you’ll be everyone’s favorite person.

  • Boiled Water. Enough for 2 cups. (Please see the brewing instructions of your tea for the ideal amount)
  • A kyusu teapot (or a similar small-sized tea pot)
  • A couple of tea cups
  • A Spoon
  • Green Tea of your choice

Pour boiled water in cups, which will cool the water to the ideal temperature.

Add two teaspoons of green tea to the teapot.

Pour water from the cups to the teapot.

Let tea steep for 30 seconds (Steep time may vary. See brewing instructions of your tea for ideal time).

Alternate pouring between the cups to ensure both cups get the same strength.

Make sure you pour every last drop. Enjoy!

Tea temperature

Delicate green tea leaves should be steeped in below boiling water at 170 to 185°F. This will help prevent burning the leaves, and reducing overly bitter notes.

The concentrated brewed tea is diluted with cold water to cool it down quickly. You can refrigerate until ready to use for several days, or finish making the iced tea and serve right away!


Cold brewed iced tea is the best kind of iced tea! It tastes so much better than iced tea made any other way.

STEP 1: Put gunpowder green tea and water in a pitcher or glass container.

Use cold or room temperature filtered water since there&rsquos no need for hot water for cold brewing tea.

STEP 2: Cover pitcher and put in refrigerator for at least 6 hours.

STEP 3: Strain gunpowder green tea leaves and pour tea into a cup with ice.

Ice is optional with cold brew because it&rsquos chilled already, so you can add it if you like but there&rsquos no need.

I always use simple syrup when I want to sweeten cold brew since it incorporates the best. To make it at home, just mix equal parts sugar and hot water until the sugar dissolves.


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