Instructions for Making Chaga Tea

Although there is much conflicting information in regards to Chaga Tea brew times on the internet and among other companies -please do not be distracted by the confusion and just enjoy making and drinking your Tea!  

You could spend hours reading all the "He said....She said" comments worldwide and still never come to a definite method.  Use them as guidelines perhaps, because.... who knows your body better than you?  You'll come to know how you like your Chaga Tea.

All I know is that it undeniably helped my health from my own personal experience with Chaga.  There's a pot of Chaga Tea on my stove every day -it's just part of my lifestyle.   Keep your own health in mind and try different things/recipes with the Chaga until it's right for you!                                                

For Hot Tea:

Add 1/4 cup of  Chaga (Chunks, Tea Grind or a ready made 1/4 cup TeaBag)  into a pot of 12 cups water. 

Steep on the lowest setting, on the stove for anywhere between 5-8 hrs.   The longer the brew time, the stronger the Tea.  Smaller Chaga particles (Tea Grind vs. a big Chunk) appear to yield a quicker brew time. 

Avoid "boiling" the Tea, but allow it to "steep" and be hot enough, where you'd see whisps of steam coming off the Tea but not "boiling bubbles".  If using Chunks or Grind, you would strain with a strainer or cheesecloth (not necessary if using the tea bags we offer). 

BUT REMEMBER, you can make another 12 cup pot of Tea with that same Chaga- so 1/4 cup of Chaga yields 24 cups of brewed Tea.  Some people brew a third time.

If drinking 4 cups daily, you'll have enough for 3 days. Once you brew your first pot of tea, you can either brew another 12 cup pot immediately using the same Chaga or you can freeze that Chaga  until you are ready to brew your second pot.  We use our Tea Grind and Chunks twice only.

Many people are now using their Crock Pots to brew the Tea.  

And if you're not sensitive to "scents", 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!

For Ice Tea:

Let the brewed Tea cool and add freshly squeezed lemon & natural honey (and now my favorite natural sweetener is Pure Maple Syrup) to flavor and refrigerate. Or add any other fresh ingredient one usually would, when making Ice Tea - a fresh sprig of Mint (a healthy energy booster) or grated Cinnamon.  

Try mixing Chaga Tea half and half with beer for a refreshing drink! Or make Chaga Ice Cubes with your Tea and add to your favorite summer drinks or to 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!

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  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 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.

If you deserve the best, then we have what you deserve!

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