Instructions for Making Chaga Tea

For very potent tea, just put 3 heaping tbsp. (1/4 cup) of  Chaga  tea bag or small chunks (1/4 cup of chunks) into a 2-liter (or 2 quart) pot of water and steep on low on your stove. (We use our glass coffee pot filled to the 12 cup level)  on a low setting for 7 to 10 hours. (Do not Boil) Then strain your tea through a fine strainer or cheesecloth (not necessary if using tea bags). Drink hot or cold! This makes enough tea for three days, drinking 4 cups a day. Once you brew your first pot of tea, you can either brew another 12 cup pot immediately using the same tea bag (or chunks or grind) or you can put your tea bag or lose Chaga chunks or tea grind into a baggy and freeze it until you are ready to brew your second pot.  We use our tea grind and chunks twice only.

 Chaga also makes very good iced tea. 

Many people are now using their Crock Pots to brew the tea, I think this is a very good method of getting the most out of your Chaga.

Chaga is very mild in flavor, so you can add lemon & honey (and now my favorite natural sweetener is Pure Maple Syrup) to flavor it or a sprig of mint (Fresh mint is a good energy booster).

Try mixing Chaga tea half and half with beer for a refreshing drink! Or make Chaga Ice Cubes from your tea to add to your favorite summer drinks or for those Smoothies, Cappuccinos, Slushies and Frappucchinos. Making the ice cubes is also a great way for storing your Chaga for months ahead of time, and is ready for use when you are!

Also don't throw out those used up Chaga Chunks, dry them out again and burn them as Incense!
The aroma of burning Chaga is truly amazing!

New Information from Bio Food Tech has provided us with this new research has new information for brewing times and for the antioxidant values of our three Chaga products. We hope that this helps people in a positive way as it has us.

For maximum benefit of our Chaga Chunks: Brew (simmer at between ( 80 - 85 "C ) for a minimum of 6 hours for a total Phenolic value of 1.7% per cup.  ( We recommend 8 to 10 hours for full benefit)

For maximum benefit of our Chaga Tea grind: Brew ( simmer at 80 -85 "C for a minimum of 4 hours for a total Phenolic value of 2.3% per cup.  ( we recommend 6 to 8 hours for full benefit)

Now here is something very surprising to me, and to see how wrong I was for the brewing time for the powder.

For maximum benefit of our Chaga Powder: Brew ( simmer @ 80-85 "C for a minimum of 3 hours for a total Phenolic value of 3% per cup.

Now for the most surprising development of all, one of the experiments that was carried out over a four day period to measure the stability of the antioxidants in the Chaga when left in the fridge. The Phenolic values in the teas made from the chunks and the tea grind actually increased over the four day period, rather than decreased. The tea from the powder remained the same with little to no change at all.

There is still more research and many more experiments to be done to answer all the questions that you would like answered. Some will be answered as I can afford it, many others will not be answered at all because I simply do not have the kind of money it will take to answer them. This research is very expensive, but we are doing the best we can along with some funding from the Bio sector and the government of PEI.


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