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Old October 31, 2014   #34
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Originally Posted by Cole_Robbie View Post
It seems to be a consensus view that the tea is best only after a short brewing. You're supposed to make frequent new batches. I don't really understand that, though. I wonder if I could keep a constant brew going if I grew a live plant in it. That would live the bacterial/fungal organisms a constant source of food and a place to live.
I have a microscope that I use just to keep an eye on things while brewing!
The maximum time I've allowed the brew to go is 48 hours. After that higher life forms appear and eat the smaller stuff. I assume that means it's not as active and beneficial, also it can run out of food (sugars)very quickly.
I would suggest 36 hours as being optimum, but a lot can depend on the original recipe.
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