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Poll: What's the PROPER way to brew a cup of tea? Watch

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    Tea bag in first then add water, remove teabag then add milk.
    165
    57.29%
    Tea bag in first then add water, add milk then remove teabag.
    81
    28.13%
    Water in first then add Teabag, remove teabag then add milk.
    16
    5.56%
    Water in first then add Teabag, add milk then remove teabag.
    8
    2.78%
    Milk first then adding water/teabag.
    18
    6.25%

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    (Original post by Motorbiker)
    Does anyone do that? Crazy fools...
    If I'm particularly in a hurry I might do it

    Want to make the thread? I don't want to be OP of every food and drink thread so need to poke others into starting them as well.

    Squash first, Water first, Both at the same time, Other(That'll catch the extra crazy people)
    May as well when I get back home

    Need to think of something for the sophisticated minority that you neglected (TEA LEAVES GODDAMMIT!)
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    (Original post by Tilly-Elizabeth)
    The milk is still there whether you add it first or last, so it still cools the tea down by the same amount
    Oh really? I thought adding the hot water second would warm the milk up? :dontknow:

    It's interesting to read the different ways people brew their tea!
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    (Original post by nemothefish19)
    Oh really? I thought adding the hot water second would warm the milk up? :dontknow:

    It's interesting to read the different ways people brew their tea!
    Hm... never thought of that.

    It is :yep:
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    (Original post by Rosie786)
    Lol at ping ping. :laugh:
    :eek:you don't do the ping ping!?
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    (Original post by Motorbiker)
    Was almost perfect until the Sugar.


    How can you make the tea so perfectly and then ruin it by covering it in sugar at the end?
    Lol the sugar is optional.

    Also, almost perfect? I think you'll find Sir/Madame that it is entirely perfect:smug:

    How do you make yours?
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    (Original post by nemothefish19)
    Oh really? I thought adding the hot water second would warm the milk up? :dontknow:
    wut

    you don't study physics, do you...
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    (Original post by Guybrush Sheepgood)
    I personally think there should be another option on this poll about duration of leaving the teabag in: I have stared in horror as people dip their teabags into a mug of hot water for about 15 seconds, then add milk and remove, resulting in a disastrous cup of milky water.

    Here is the correct way to make a cup of tea (if you are using a teabag and not loose tea):

    Insert tea bag into mug
    Pour freshly boiled water into mug
    Leave to brew for exactly 3 minutes, pressing the tea bag every so often with a spoon to release even more tea
    Remove tea bag
    Add milk to taste, I prefer a larger amount of milk if you are brewing for a longer time like 3 minutes - i.e.

    longer brew + more milk = nicer than shorter brew + less milk

    Sugar in my opinion is unnecessary - I have accustomed myself to drinking tea without sugar and now if ever I have tea with sugar it tastes super weird

    This post sums up my view almost exactly. For a single cup I perhaps wouldn't brew for 3 minutes, maybe half that? I do give it a good rigorous stir before taking the bag out.

    When making a pot of tea it gets left 4 minutes to brew so for a single cup I feel that 3 minutes is just a bit too strong.
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    (Original post by nemothefish19)
    Oh really? I thought adding the hot water second would warm the milk up? :dontknow:

    It's interesting to read the different ways people brew their tea!
    Doesn't matter which way round you add it it'll be the same temperature.
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    (Original post by nemothefish19)
    Oh really? I thought adding the hot water second would warm the milk up? :dontknow:

    It's interesting to read the different ways people brew their tea!
    Does this mean that you think that when you add milk after it remins at the same temperature and separate to the tea rather than warming up?

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    (Original post by Jammy Duel)
    Does this mean that you think that when you add milk after it remins at the same temperature and separate to the tea rather than warming up?

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    No I think it cools it down. That's why I thought it would be the other way round if the milk is added first......
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    (Original post by cole-slaw)
    wut

    you don't study physics, do you...
    Only GCSE science, donkeys years ago!

    Goodness was my opinion that dumb sounding? :rofl:
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    (Original post by nemothefish19)
    No I think it cools it down. That's why I thought it would be the other way round if the milk is added first......
    It cools the tea down, or does it heat the milk up? The same transfer of energy happens, the tea is cooled as it transfers heat to the milk, warming it until they reach equilibrium. The outcome is largely the same, little enough time will have passed for any noticeable effect on the milk as a result of the higher energy level if you put it in first.

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    Ohhh I see now, so your saying it doesn't really matter which liquid is added first even if they're different temparatures, equilibrium will be reached anyway?

    I add a lot of milk to my tea to cool it down quicker so maybe that's where my weird logic came from!
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    (Original post by nemothefish19)
    Ohhh I see now, so your saying it doesn't really matter which liquid is added first even if they're different temparatures, equilibrium will be reached anyway?

    I add a lot of milk to my tea to cool it down quicker so maybe that's where my weird logic came from!
    Yeah, whichever way around you do it the total energy will be exactly the same if the teacup were a closed system, ie no energy gain or loss from/to the surroundings.

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    (Original post by Jammy Duel)
    Yeah, whichever way around you do it the total energy will be exactly the same if the teacup were a closed system, ie no energy gain or loss from/to the surroundings.

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    ahh ok, well you just made chemistry interesting again for me! Thanks for taking the time to explain
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    (Original post by nemothefish19)
    ahh ok, well you just made chemistry interesting again for me! Thanks for taking the time to explain
    It's physics, not chemistry
    No chemical reactions here, just physical ones, the tea and milk are like Ar

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    For me, it's:

    1. Realise I want some tea
    2. Ask my mother to make some
    3. ???
    4. Profit.

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    (Original post by Jammy Duel)
    It's physics, not chemistry
    No chemical reactions here, just physical ones, the tea and milk are like Ar

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    :rofl: Oh man I'm sounding like a right dumb ass today!
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    1. Teabag in the cup
    2. Add 1 sugar
    3. Add boiling water, stir
    4. Let it brew for about 5 minutes, no less
    5. Squish teabag around cup, squeezing out more tea
    6. Take out teabag
    7. Add milk
    8. Stir

    Adding milk when the teabag is still in the cup is just wrong on so many levels
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    Teabag in, milk in, sugar in, water in, remove tea bag

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