How to Brew Chaga Tea | Hot Water Extraction
Chaga Tea Hot Water Extraction
Hot water extraction is the most common, easiest and cheapest method to prepare chaga. It’s similar to the traditional tea-making process, whereby the chaga chunks or powder are steeped in hot water for a period of time, strained and then drunk as a tea. When using this method, all the water-soluble components, such as the polyphenols and beta-glucans, will be present in the resulting extract.
1. Break up the chaga into smaller chunks, roughly 1 inch in size.
2. In a 1 liter pot, bring water to boil, and drop in a handful of chaga chunks (or powder). Bring down to a simmer.
3. Let the chaga chunks or powder simmer until the water turns a reddish brown color, or at least an hour to extract more of the bioactive ingredients.
4. Strain the tea into a mug and add some maple syrup or honey to taste.
You can reuse the chaga chunks several times before they start to lose their strength. Simply put them in a mason jar without a lid, and store in the fridge.
Please drink responsibly.