Water Recipe: Simple Syrup

Simple Syrup is a water recipe designed for general tea enjoyment.

The Recipe

10x Concentrate – Do not drink!

Brew water – Do drink!

  • 3406.9g distilled water
  • 378.5g concentrate
  • Silica – Add 1-3 drops per liter of brew water to enhance the mouthfeel.

Tools – Not optional.

  • Milligram scale – For the minerals.
  • Higher capacity scale – For the water.
  • TDS Meter – For verification and troubleshooting. TDS meters usually underreport by roughly one-third, but at least it will tell you if you’ve made an order of magnitude error.
  • Squeeze bulb – Useful in various ways throughout the entire process.
  • Silica desiccant packets – These could come in handy for the calcium chloride, which deliquesces with exposure to ambient moisture.

Best Practices

  • Consumer-grade milligram scales tend to have unpredictable and inconsistent behavior. Get to know your scale and work around its behavior. Try to load the minerals into the dish (included with the milligram scale) in larger amounts. Loading the minerals only a few milligrams at a time tends to “confuse” the scale. Even small errors will have significant impacts in practice, so be exact. To ensure that the mineral dosage is correct, weigh the dish by itself before adding minerals and write that number down. When it comes time to add the mineral, place the dish onto the scale and tare it. Add the mineral until you get the correct reading from the scale, then remove the dish and tare the scale again. Wait one minute for the pressure plate to return to its original position, then weigh the dish with the mineral in it again. The reading should be equal to the weight of the dish plus the target weight of the mineral. You will likely see an error upon following these steps, and that’s to be expected, just add or remove some mineral to get the correct reading. Take the time to be exact.
  • Use the squeeze bulb to wash off any remaining mineral from the dish into the water. Some of these minerals tend to stick. Make sure that you’ve filled the squeeze bulb from the already-measured jug of 3785.4g distilled water, and empty any remaining water back into the mix when finished dosing the minerals.
  • To avoid precipitation of minerals, wait several minutes after adding each mineral, shaking occasionally. If you notice any precipitate in the water, you’ll need to start over.
  • Try aerating the water by pouring it into your kettle from a height before boiling it. This enhances the texture by reducing astringency and adding “vertical volume”. It also affects the flavor profile by reducing intensity. It is best to try the water with and without aeration to become familiar with the effect, and please remember that aeration is a spectrum. You may prefer a different level of aeration than I do. I prefer a small amount of aeration for most of my tea.

Disclosures

  • This post will be updated from time to time to adjust the recipe and/or include new information.

Enjoy.

5 Comments

    1. Water affects the qi.
      With the Simple Syrup recipe, I have noticed that the qi is stronger than most other waters at its TDS or lower, and probably stronger than Truth Serum.
      I can’t predict whether the user will notice a difference, it depends on the water one is accustomed to brewing with. In my case, the water I had been brewing with before Truth Serum was less than half the TDS, and that seemed to be limiting the extraction of qi.
      Feel free to post an update once you try it.

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      1. Will do. I have never felt qi from any of my teas before either, and I’m starting to suspect that my water is the issue. At home, I’ve noticed that the teas I steep can tend to be on the thicker side (depending on the tea, of course, and still no qi experienced), but away from home during the school year, no tea has given me anything beyond a very slightly thickened mouthfeel. I’ll have spare time once finals are over to experiment a bit more, so expect an update later into the summer.

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