So what does Chaga taste like?

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  1. ra2bach

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    So what does Chaga taste like? :44:

    I have a chunk that I crunched up and boiled till the water got dark and all it tastes like is boiled lumber.

    maybe I'm doing it wrong...
     
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    I didn't think you had to crush it, but I'm just right down the road from you and have no idea...
     
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    Nothing good for you TASTES good, hah.
     
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    Earthy Tea, if you don't like it put a little honey in it or make your oatmeal with it with honey and cinnamon.
     
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    I thought it had a dirty dishwater kind of aroma and taste. Earthy is another good word. But not in a good way.
    Personally, after trying it, which was something I wanted to do, the chaga someone sent me will be relegated to ember catching. And I did add honey after trying it straight.

    Now if I was out in the woods and that's all there was, I'd have no problem with it.
     
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    I didn't really crush it, just broke it into several smaller pieces. of course there was some dust with that...
     
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    yeah, I get the earthy. tea? not so much...
     
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    @mainewoods sent me a sample of chaga. I've yet to do anything with it since it's rarer than hen's teeth down here...
     
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    if I did it right... I broke up a piece that had some of the dark outer stuff and some of the inner orange stuff. which are you supposed to use?..

    I don't have a problem with it but it's nothing I would seek out even if I was in the woods. it literally reminded me of a sucking on a wet 2x4 and savoring all that woody goodness. mmmm...

    :26:
     
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    I have not tried the tea, as I just like coffee too much!
    I believe you don’t need to grind it as after it’s used for tea it can be dried and still be used as a coal extender.
    That being said, I have saved smaller pieces in the event I would want to try tea or a tincture.
    Sure does smell good burning!
     
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    I shaved my knot into semi-thin slices. It had a little of the outside bark that maybe accounted for 15-20% of the surface area. Basically I did what I saw someone on youtube do.
     
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    I've been using it for about 20 years, whole ice cube size chunks (including outer black bark) just to the boiling point then let cool, about 6 chunks are used over for about a month and a half reused about 4 or 5 times in 1/2 gal. water each time and chunks kept in refer in between in zip lock bag, it will start off dark black and end up a light tea color when it starts to lose it's goodness properties, it's used exclusively on my every morning oatmeal (1 cup chaga tea water, 1/2 cup steel rolled organic oatmeal). I then let it dry out in the workshop for a couple months and give it away as fire tinder.
     
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    it literally reminded me of a sucking on a wet 2x4 and savoring all that woody goodness. mmmm...

    :26:[/QUOTE]
    LOL!!!! think I’ll just use it for tinder!!
     
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    Maybe you're making it too strong and need to water it down a little
     
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    possible. I watched a video from someone here and his "tea" was black as coffee.

    I've not given up on it. a lot of people seem to like it so I'll give it a try making it weaker.
     
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    I thought it tasted like a Popsicle stick.
    A buddy made some that tasted better but mine always tastes like wood!
     
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    Somewhere between weak black coffee and lightly sweetened tea. I don't find the flavor to be remarkable at all,,,

    Lots of it around here,,, if I were at all clever, I'd drink nothing else
     
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    My first thought was water but diluting with a shot of tequila couldn't hurt :D
     
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    I crush mine in a mortal and pestle. Steep like tea. To me it taste like weak coffee with a faint molasses flavor. Sometimes I’ll add sugar free vanilla syrup and cream. Very tasty
     
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    Tastes like wood.
    I'm not a fan.
     
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    I shave mine off a large chunk into a screen type tea ball. When I prepare it, I add a bag of green tea to steep along with the chaga. When it's nice and dark, I remove the tea ball and the bag of green tea and add a spoonful of unsweetened organic cacao. I have a cup of this every morning. I like it, but then I don't have much of a sweet tooth.
     
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    Chaga is said to have medicinal benefits. I've made tea from it and thought it tasted faintly like root beer.

    Now, I make powder from it with a grater and add it to the coffee pot in the morning.
     
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    When did you harvest it @ra2bach ? Also, how ong did you boil it for?
     
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    it is old. it's some that was given to me more than a year ago.

    I've tried boiling it several ways - just bringing it to a boil and letting it steep for awhile, and boiling for awhile. I've tried it dark and barely any color.

    I think I like it less dark than I have been doing it. I've not given up...
     
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    Remember to dry your used chunks out so you can re-use them for tinder.
     
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    General consensus from the Russians and Chinese and other Asians that have been using it from the get go is for general drinking use is bring it to the boil point remove from heat source and let seep until room temperature for teas and other uses, store liquid for future use reheated as needed. For Medical Tinctures they keep it boiling for hours in a distilling type pot for the quicker release of the essential dark bark oils and lighter pith oils.
     
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    I have read that you should let it boil for an hour. Check out ChagaHQ @ra2bach. It has some great information on harvesting and preparation.
     
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    A friend got me a bottle of chaga powder for Christmas, just got around to trying it. Instructions say 1/2 tbsp. In quart of water and boil 15 minutes.

    I don't have time for that...

    I put about 3/4 of a teaspoon in a tea bag (made for loose leaf tea) and poured boiling water over it in my mug. Instantly deep chocolate brown water. Steeped 5 minutes or so..

    Woodsy. Dark. Dry... Slightly bitter after taste.

    Kinda half way between a good black tea, and a mild mint tea... "dry" like the mint, but dark like the black tea. Woody flavor kinda like an over brewed oolong tea...

    The woody flavor reminds me of something else, but I can't put my finger on it right now..

    Not bad, I like it. :)

    And the stuff goes a loooonnnngggg ways. My mug is 14oz. I drank half that, and wondered how itvwould taste thinned out. Doubled(diluted) it again with more water, without seemingly to change the taste. Think I cold have drank half and cut it again too, without much dilution.
    Was a little strong to start maybe...lol.. ;)

    At some point I'll try it as the directions say, a long boil, but as is, I like it.

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    Mmmmmmmmmmm 2x4.
     
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    to me it tastes a lot like pu'erh tea, very earthy
     
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    There should be a public service announcement concerning the possible risks of putting a 2x4 in your mouth. Pressure treated is bad for you as well.
     
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    Very earthy for sure !
     
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    ill be first................CHICKEN thats what it taste like
     
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    It tastes like the woods smell in the fall.
     

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