Chaga Tea

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  1. bensbackwoods

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    Hey guys,

    I finally brewed up some chaga tea and didnt realize how good it was, I have been using it for years as tinder, but never brewed it.

    Anyways I like black coffee, black tea and dark beer...this chaga tea is dark and is loaded with antioxidents...google chaga tea....

    I diced up some of the lighter colored chaga that I use for tinder and boiled it in a pot for a couple of minutes...it turns dark with some foam on the top that looked like dark beer...I was impressed with the flavor...I boiled the same pieces up two more times with good results..this would now be my go to hot drink in the bush.

    If you like dark slightly bitter beverages do yourself a favor and brew some up!
     
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    Hmm, sounds interesting. I'd be sure to give it a shot one day, sounds great!
     
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    Its supposed to be anti cancer too..
     
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    I tried some awhile ago, loved it!
    (I like dark beer too:rolleyes:)
    PMZ
     
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    I'm going to have to try that. Thanks Ben.
     
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    Gotta find me Chaga
     
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    just tried some,after reading your thread.i like.dark and bitter indeed.mmm
     
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    Nothing like a good multipurpose item. I don't drink beer, but I like black tea. Sounds like I will have to try this.
     
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    +1 on that
     
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    I'm stupid on this one,

    What is changa and where do you find it?
     
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    chaga is true tinder fungus found on Birch trees, it looks burn and dark brown/black on the outside and a light brown,almost foamy inside
     
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    i chew it....kinda "corky" but not bad .
     
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    I read that what makes the tea so dark are the tannins...this should make a good antiseptic wash as well...
     
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    pistures of chaga on birch

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    the two above were the same one.it was twelve feet high.it took awhile but i got most of it.(below)
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    makes great tea! Thanks for the pics lonetracker
     
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    I just read that article on this unique polyphore. I may have found some on my friend's farm where I hunt. It looks just like it in the picture but I was never aware of the medicinal purposes that it can have. I am tempted to make a tea out of it but I will confess something. I am almost paranoid when it comes to any kind of mushroom. I want someone to tell me first hand that this is what it is.
     
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    Interesting, I've heard/read a lot about chaga and chaga tea but never that it tastes good, quite the opposite really. I'll have to try it myself now...
     
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    How much diced Chaga per how much water?
     
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    I still haven't landed any more chaga.
    If anybody has any to trade let me know.

    Mac, I think the recipe I have used stated about 2 tablespoons worth of chunks.
    Said you didn't need to peel off the dark hard outer part, and you can use it a couple of times, but the second time it will be less strong.

    PMZ
     
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    mac i have only made it 4 days ago,i threw in a palm full to about a quart,boiled a little,tasted,added a little more chaga.i like bitter stuff though.i have been drinkin out of that same batch a cup a day since i first made it.added more chaga yesterday.on the stove right now.good with honey also.did i see some chaga on the table in one of your trip pics food shot by the matches.?if it is i would use about a third that to a quart.
     
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    About 2 tablespoons per quart sounds about right...I also have a pot on the stove and I add a little chaga to it and boil the old stuff again and it comes out pretty good...have been doing it for a few days and drinking the tea daily. I have been dicing it up a bit with a mora and just boiling it...With how good the flavor is im surprised I have not heard more of this northern black tea.
     
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    Ok....so i took my chaga and put it in a coffee grinder and it turns it into powder. I put 2 tblsp. per 12 cup of coffee. It is quite good mixed in with my coffee , it gives it a very "earthy" flavor.
    Thanks for the idea.
     
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    stobber do you use a drip coffee maker?good idea.
     
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    Yeah , i just chunk off some of the more spongy inside core and put it in a electric coffee grinder and grind it into a powder. I put it in my electric drip coffee maker mixed with my coffee. Usually about 2-3 tblsp w/ 8-10 cups of coffee.
    Havin' a cup right now.
     
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    ive looked it up and it gives a bunch of complicated recipes on how to make it, all i want to know is, it is edible correct? well, not edible but it wont kill you by drinking it/ chewing on it. and can you just throw some of the inner bits (the rust coloured part) in and boil it for a few min and drink?
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    Ben , you should sale that in your online store as well :) . Anyone have some extra willing to share with me .
     
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    here is another thread on it.i have been drinking it every night for about 3 weeks.i believe it is safe.i use the black part as well as the inner part.

    http://www.bushcraftusa.com/forum/showthread.php?t=14492
     
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    thanks my friend! i'm not feeling the best at the moment, and i'm drinking yarrow and peppermint tea but i think this might boost my immune system back to normal. i'll try it later on.

    and you throw in 2 tablespoons to a liter of water and then boil for 3-5 min?
     
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    Once you harvest it, should you dry it up before using for tea?
     
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    We should set up a harvest exchange or something, cuz I can't get that stuff this far south... or at least I haven't seen it all over the place like up in Sconi or Michigan. I'm sure there is some fungal relative to chaga that I can here in Cali. And +1 to the guy above me... what is the best preparation for tea? Do you sun dry, leave spongy, powder it... what is the best for fragrance and aroma as well as beneficial? Mixing with Yerba Mate should be good I think.
     
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    Just made some the other day and it tasted like wood to me. Do not know if I screwed up but it tasted any thing but good.
     
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    I use a 1" cube, or the equivalent in loose pieces, per quart of water for brewing tea. Bring to boil, simmer two hours, enjoy. I brew the whole thing: black, brown and yellow parts all together. I've used one cube for four 1qt pots but each tastes weaker than the previous. First pass tastes the best so I throw a lil fresh in with each brewing.

    Save it after it is brewed out. It will still readily produce an ember with flint & steel, ferro or fresnel after it has dried again. Yellow stuff takes sparks the best, works as well as charcloth. The brown will work also, though not quite as well. I find the black to be useful only for tea. Even the brewed out powder is useful for fire.

    As with all fungi process while wet, much easier and reduces unwanted crumbling. I make wedges as that shape works best for me with F&S. Thin edges take a spark the easiest, but often go out before we can do anything with it. Thick is more difficult to catch a spark in yet makes a more robust coal. Wedges provide the best of both worlds.
     
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    It makes a great Poultice also

    After boiling your Chaga tea the grounds make a great poultice for cuts, scraps, and bruises.
     
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    I know people are throwing out measurements and all but it really doesn't have to be that technical. It is sort of like coffee, just add to taste. the more the stronger. also you don't have to grind it into a powder if you don't want. I have thrown chunks in and brewed, used them more than once and then as they got weaker, ground them up and used them a couple of more times. then dried out the powder and kept it in a container as coal starter. It can be hard to come by, at least here, So I use every bit as much as I can.
     
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    No photos of Chaga tea in a thread named "Chaga Tea". No, that just won't do.

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    Ok that is better.
     
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    I had a cup today and it tasted somewhat bland. That I don't mind as I see something like this as a support to health. The aroma was very woodsy. I will confess that I bought a bag of it online and tried that version. I plan to make a cup with the chaga I had collected and see if it is the same in aroma and taste.
     
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    The Betulinic acid of the chaga would make a very very good kombucha !
     
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    I have been doing chaga tea regularly for about a month. I find it extracts much stronger and more effectively if I grind it up fine. I usually simmer until half the water is gone two times. If I have made it too strong and bitter, I will extract a third time and mix that in. A very pleasant drink hot or cold. Though my wife seems to have a problem with the ground up tree fungus thing. Just wait till I try cooking up some slugs come spring.:13:
     
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    I like mine with a little honey in it!!!:4:
     
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    Went out today and gathered a good bit of chaga up on Mount Joseph, OR. Right at the tree line where the birch trees were. Found quite a few bobcat tracks well.

    I've only used it for tinder. So I'm excited to give tea and the coffee recipe a shot.
    (Though, I'm having trouble verifying this, I was told by one of the first mycologists I learned under that they used in it in ceremony, in Norway, as a sage substitute).

    The guy who wrote this article:
    http://mushroom-collecting.com/mushroomchaga.html
    actually used chaga as his hop substitute when brewing an IPA. Definitely something I'd like to give a try soon.

    Viva la mushrooms. On that note, my shiitakes are ripe for the picking and I'm off to make a sandwich.
     
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    I wonder how hard it would be to cultivate a Chaga on a birch in your own yard. Anyone done this or thought to do it or know how one might go about it. Then you could have a renewable resource as it were but it would probably take 20 years or something to grow and renew with my luck.
     
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    I had been thinking of giving this stuff a try so I brewed up a batch from some that I picked up for making fire. A little bland but not bad. Next time I think I will let it go longer.

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