How to Drink Earl Grey Tea

Earl Grey is a type of tea that is enjoyed by tea lovers across the globe. Derived from the Bergamot orange, Earl Grey has light citrus notes that add a unique flavor to the drink. To prepare and drink your own cup of Earl Grey, you’ll have to steep the tea leaves in hot water for 3-5 minutes. From there, you can add different things like lemon or sugar to the tea to enhance its flavor. For a special treat, you can steam milk and add vanilla to create an Earl Grey latte.

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EditPreparing Earl Grey Tea
Measure your tea on a scale if you’re using loose leaves. If you have tea bags, you can skip this step. As a good rule of thumb, use of tea leaves per of water. If you like stronger tea, use more tea leaves.[1]
If you are using teabags and want a stronger cup of tea, use 2 tea bags instead of 1.

If you are using loose leaf tea, you can pack the leaves into empty tea bags or tea filters to prevent you from having to strain the tea.

Fill a pot or kettle with cold water. Always use fresh, cold water when preparing tea. Do not use warm water from your tap or water that has been previously heated and left to cool.[2]
Hot water from the tap contains minerals from your pipes which could alter the flavor of the tea.

Use a pot or kettle made of glass or stainless steel so that there aren’t any impurities left in your tea.

Bring the water to a boil then let it cool for 1-2 minutes. Set the pot or kettle on the stovetop and set it to high. Keep the kettle or pot on the stovetop for 4-10 minutes or until it begins to boil. Then, turn off the heat and let the boiling water sit for 1-2 minutes so that it cools down slightly below the boiling point.[3]
Earl Grey is best steeped in water that is or slightly below the boiling point. You can use a thermometer to ensure the water is at the exact temperature.

Warm the cup or teapot before steeping the tea. Pour the hot water into whatever container you’re going to steep the tea in. Swirl the hot water around before pouring it out.[4]
Warming the pot that you’re steeping the tea in will ensure that the temperature stays consistent during the steeping process, which should produce a better cup of tea.

Place the tea in your teapot or cup. If you are using tea bags, remove the teabag from the paper packaging before placing it in your tea container. If you are using loose leaves, you can put them in an empty tea bag or tea filters or you can put the measured leaves into the bottom of your teapot or mug.[5]
If you place loose tea leaves into your steeping container, you’ll have to strain the tea before you drink it.

Steep the tea for 3-5 minutes. Pour the hot water over the tea. As the tea sits in the water, it should start to become brown. Leave the tea in the cup and let the flavor from the tea transfer to the hot water. The longer that you steep your tea, the stronger it will be.[6]
Don’t fill the cup or teapot all the way to the top to prevent it from overflowing.

Remove the tea bag or strain the tea if you’re using loose leaves. If you are using teabags, discard the tea bag in the garbage. If you are using loose leaves, strain the tea through a sieve. Let the tea slightly cool before you drink it so that you don’t burn the inside of your mouth. Enjoy the tea while it’s hot, or let it cool and add ice cubes to it later for iced tea![7]

EditAdding Things to Your Tea
Drink the tea black to get a pure flavor. Instead of putting things into the tea to change the flavor, drink it black. Drinking the tea black will give you the strongest flavors in the tea leaves.

Pour sugar in your tea to add sweetness. Put anywhere from a to of sugar into the tea and stir the sugar so it dissolves in the tea. This will reduce some of the bitter notes in the Earl Grey and make the tea taste sweeter.[8]
If you want sweeter tea, add more sugar.

Squirt lemon into your tea for additional citrus notes. Cut a lemon into quarters and squirt one of the quarters of lemon into your tea. If you want more citrus notes, add more lemon juice to the tea.[9]
Adding lemon and sugar together in Earl Grey tea is a popular preparation.

Add milk or cream to the tea for added creaminess. Add a small amount of milk or cream to the tea after it’s had time to steep and stir it. This will add a creamy flavor and will cut through the floral and citrus flavors of the tea.[10]

EditMaking an Earl Grey Latte
Heat of milk into a saucepan for 5 minutes. Pour of milk into a saucepan and set it on top of your stovetop. Turn the heat to medium-high and stir the milk as it heats up, ensuring that the milk does not start to boil or burn. The milk should be warm and frothy when ready.[11]
Use coconut or almond milk for added creaminess and sweetness.

Pour the heated milk into a cup of steeped Earl Grey. Pour the heated milk into a cup of Earl Grey that has steeped for 3-5 minutes. Then, stir the tea with a spoon so that the steam milk gets incorporated with the cup of tea.[12]
Do not pour the milk into the water before the tea has steeped, as milk will often mute the flavors in the tea.

Add a of vanilla extract to the tea and stir. The vanilla extract will add vanilla notes and play off the flavors in the steamed milk. Taste the tea and add more vanilla if desired.[13]

EditThings You’ll Need
Pot or kettle

Earl Grey tea

Spoon

Teapot or cup

Sieve

Thermometer (optional)

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Today in History for 27th December 2018

Historical Events

1836 – Worst English avalanche kills 8 of 15 buried (Lewes Sussex)
1884 – Netherlands recognizes King Leopold II’s Congo Free State
1972 – Belgium recognizes German DR
1978 – Ballon d’Or: Hamburg’s English forward Kevin Keegan wins his 1st of 2 consecutive trophies as best football player in Europe; beats Barcelona striker Hans Krankl and Anderlecht winger Rob Rensenbrink
1988 – Bulgaria stops jamming Radio Free Europe after more than 3 decades
2002 – Two truck bombs kill 72 and wound 200 at the pro-Moscow headquarters of the Chechen government in Grozny, Chechnya.

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Famous Birthdays

1555 – Johann Arndt, German Lutherian theologist
1874 – Max Ettinger, Jewish-German composer (Jiddische Requiem), born in Lwow, Poland (d. 1951)
1917 – Earl of Inchcape, English large landowner/industrialist (PandO)
1962 – Bill Self, American basketball coach
1970 – Mike Salmon, NFL/WLAF safety (Houston Oilers, Rhein Fire, SF 49ers)
1982 – Terji Skibenæs, Faroese guitarist, (Týr)

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Famous Deaths

1858 – Alexandre Pierre Francois Boely, composer, dies at 73
1991 – Edward M Love, choreographer/dancer, dies of AIDS at 43
2002 – George Roy Hill, American film director (b. 1922)
2015 – Stevie Wright, British-born Australian singer with the Easybeats (Friday on my Mind), dies at 68
2015 – Meadowlark Lemmon, American basketball star (Harlem Globetrotters), dies at 83
2015 – Haskell Wexler, American cinematographer and director, dies at 93

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How to Replace a Bicycle Tire

Having a flat bicycle tire can leave you stranded, but it’s simple to replace the tire yourself. Usually, this just means replacing the tube inside the tire. However, you may need a new tire if it’s very damaged or worn. Before you replace the tire, you’ll need to take it off. Then, replace the tube and tire, if necessary. Finally, put the tire back onto the wheel.

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EditTaking Off the Wheel
Put your bicycle on its side with the chain facing up. You can’t remove a tire while the bicycle is upright because it will fall over. The chain side, which is called the driving side, should always face up to avoid damaging it.You can also turn the bike upside down, resting it on its handlebars. Some people don’t like turning it upside down because the handlebars or seat can get damaged.[1]
As another option, you can invest in an upright bike stand that will hold your bicycle while you work on it. You can find these stands at some bicycle stores or online.

Adjust your gears to the smallest ring if you’re removing the back tire. Usually, this will be the outer gear. Setting your chain on this outer, smaller gear will make it easier to remove the rear tire.[2]You don’t need to adjust the gears if you’re removing the front tire.

Open and remove the quick release lever, if your bike has one. Look for the quick release lever at the center of your bicycle wheel. Pull up on the lever, then turn it 180 degrees to loosen it. Remove the lever from the axle and set it aside.[3]If your quick release lever doesn’t come off after you turn it 180 degrees, keep turning it until you can remove it.

If you’re not sure how to remove your bicycle tire, it’s best to check your bicycle manual or the manufacturer’s website.

Use a wrench to loosen the nuts if you don’t have a quick release lever. Hook the wrench onto the nut, then turn to loosen it. Continue turning the nut until it comes off. Remove the wheel nuts on both sides of the bike.[4]If you can’t get the nut loose, you can spray it with WD-40 or cooking spray to make it easier to loosen it.

A 15mm wrench is usually the correct size for loosening the nuts on a bicycle.

Detach the brake cables if necessary. In many cases, opening the quick release lever also detaches the brakes. If your model doesn’t have this feature, squeeze the calipers on the brakes to release the cables.[5]Check your bicycle manual or the manufacturer’s website if you’re having trouble detaching your brakes. Instructions vary for different bike models.

Lift the wheel off the frame. Pull the tire out of the forked slot that supports it on the bicycle. You may need to slightly shift the bike tire as you remove it.[6]If you’re removing a back tire, you may need to lift the bicycle chain out of the way.

EditRemoving the Tire and Tube
Deflate the tire completely. Loosen the cap on the air valve. If it comes completely off, set the cap aside. Release the air using the correct procedure for your air valve type. This will make it easier to remove.[7]If your bicycle has a Schrader (American) valve, use a small tool, such as your wrench, to press down on the plunger inside the air valve to release the air.

If you have a Presta valve, unscrew and pull up on the valve cap to release the air.

If you have a Dunlop valve, take off the cap, then pull up on the air valve to release the air.

Hook the rounded edge of a tire lever under the outer edge of your tire. This will pop up the edge of the tire, releasing it from the frame. Pull the other end of the lever down toward the spokes. Next, hook the other end of the lever onto a wheel spoke to keep the edge of the tire popped up.[8]If you don’t hook the other end of the lever onto a spoke, your tire will go back into place and reseal itself around the wheel.

The outer edge of a bicycle tire is called a “bead.”

You can find inexpensive tire levers at a bicycle store, outdoor store, or online.

You may be able to remove your tire with a spoon or screwdriver, but they can damage your tire.

Work a second tire lever clockwise around the circumference of the tire. Insert the second lever near the first one, then press up on the tire. Move the lever clockwise around the tire, pushing up on the tire as you go. Keep going until the entire side is loosened from the frame.[9]
Pull the tube out from inside the tire. Insert your fingers under the side of the tire. Grab the tube and slide it out. When you reach the air valve, push it through the hole on the wheel frame, then continue removing the tube.[10]You can discard or recycle the tube.

EditInserting a New Bicycle Tube
Unwrap the tube and remove the dust cap, lock ring, and valve cover. Carefully unfold the tube, making sure you don’t damage it. A dust cap and lock ring may be on your air valve, and you will need to remove them. Loosen or remove the air valve cover so you can add air to the tire.[11]
Inflate the bicycle tube slightly so it will hold its shape. Putting air in the tire will also help you avoid pinching, bending, or twisting the tube as you install it. This makes it easier to install the new tube.[12]
Inspect the inside wall of the tire for a puncture. Look for a sharp object that may have punctured the tire, such as a nail, thorn, or piece of glass. Use your eyes, a cloth, or a gloved finger to check the surface of the tire.[13]If you find something stuck into the tire, remove it if you plan to patch the tire.

Don’t put a new tube inside your bicycle tire without checking for a puncture. If there is an item like a thorn or nail stuck in your tire, it will likely puncture the new tube.

Place the tube inside the tire. Press the tube into the tire using your fingers. The tube should follow the shape of the tire. Make sure there are no bends, twists, or kinks in the tube.[14]The entire tube should be inside the tire before you proceed. If you’re having trouble getting the tube fully inside, take it out and start over. You may need to let out some of the air you put in to help it hold its shape.

Buy a new set of tires only if you can’t repair it or the treads are worn. You can usually repair a flat just by changing the tube. However, your tire may need to be replaced if it’s damaged beyond repair. This might mean a large break or puncture. It may also be beyond repair if the treads are worn down, the tire is dry rotted, or the tire is very old. If this is the case, you can buy a new set of tires from a local bike store or online.[15]
You’ll need to buy a set of tires labeled for use on your bicycle model. It’s best to get them from the manufacturer.

Tires are sold folded up in a package. Usually, the package will contain a set of tires.

Always change both tires if you need to change one. Otherwise, the tires won’t match and you risk having a blow out on one of them, particularly the older tire.

EditPutting Your Tire Back on Your Bike
Work the tire back onto the wheel on one side. Put the air valve in the air valve hole. Then, align the outer rim on one side with the wheel. Push the rim back into place along the wheel frame.[16]Check your tire for an arrow that tells you which direction the treads should face. This is called the “direction of travel.” If your tire has an arrow, make sure it’s facing forward. Some tires can go in either direction and won’t have this arrow.

Don’t use any tools to replace the tire. This can damage or puncture the tire or tube. Just use your fingers.

Use this same process to put the tire on the wheel frame whether it’s the old tire or a new tire.

Fit the other side of the tire back onto the wheel frame. Make sure the tube is completely under the tire. Next, put your fingers on one side of the air valve and press the tire into place. Work your way around the wheel frame, pushing the tire onto the frame. Finish over the air valve, which will be the loosest part of the tire when it’s on the frame.[17]Make sure there are no bulges on the tire, which could mean the tube is bunched up, twisted, or pinched.

You may have to use tire levers at the end of the process, but be very careful not to puncture the tube or tire.

Putting your tire back on the wheel can be very difficult, especially if your tire is new. However, you can get it back on with just your hands.

Screw the lock ring down over your air valve if there is one. Some tubes come with a lock ring that goes down over the air valve. It will hold your tube in place on the wheel. Align the lock ring with the threads on the air valve, then screw it down.[18]
If your bike tube didn’t have a lock ring, skip this step.

Inflate your tire to the correct pressure level. You can use a manual or electric air pump to air up the tires. Fit your pump onto the air valve, then air up the tires. Once the tires reach the correct pressure level, put on the air valve cap.[19]The correct pressure level should be listed on your tire wall. You can also check your bicycle manual or look it up online.

Slide the wheel back onto the bike and replace the lever or nuts. Thread the wheel back into the forked slot that holds it in place. Then, slide the lever or metal bar that holds the wheel back into place. Tighten the easy release lever or nuts, using a wrench if necessary. Close the easy release lever, if your bike has one.[20]If you fixed your back tire, you’ll need to lift the chain to put it back on.

Check that the wheel spins freely.

Reconnect the brakes if they’re still detached. Press the calipers again and slide the brakes into place. Squeeze the brakes to make sure they tighten up on the wheel.[21]Before you ride your bike, check the brakes again to make sure they’re in correct working order.

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EditTips
If you’re having trouble changing your bicycle tire, visit a local bicycle shop for help. They will show you how to do it on your bike, though they may charge a small fee.

It’s best to fix your bicycle tire on a flat surface.

If you can, fix your tire indoors to help keep your bike clean and make it easier for you to work.

EditWarnings
Never over-inflate an inner tube, as it can cause you to blow out a tire. Check your tire wall for the recommended pressure level.

Keep the inner tube away from hot objects. Heat can expand the tube and even cause it to explode.

When you remove your tires, be very careful with them so that nothing gets bent. If you accidentally damage a part on your bike, you’ll likely need to repair or replace that part.

It’s normal for your tires and tubes to deteriorate over time. Bikes kept indoors will likely need tire replacement every 10-15 years, while bikes kept outdoors will likely need tire replacement after 7 years.

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Fix a Broken Bicycle Chain

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Replace a Blown Bike Tire Inner Tube

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