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Tea keeps teapots shiny

  1. Nov 6, 2013 #1
    Hi, I was watching Sherlock s1e2 which featured someone explaining that teapots where kept shiny from continued exposure to tea, what compound causes this does anyone know?
     
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  3. Nov 6, 2013 #2

    Evo

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    What material? My teapots are ceramic and tea discolors them.
     
  4. Nov 6, 2013 #3

    Ryan_m_b

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    This is a stage in traditional Chinese tea ceremonies (of which there are a few I believe). Some involve pouring excess water or tea over a clay lot to cure the clay. Not sure if that actually works or is just ritual.

    http://www.simplyrecipes.com/chinese_tea_ceremony/
     
  5. Nov 6, 2013 #4
    Thanks, that's what I saw but does anybody know if it works/what causes this?
     
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  7. Nov 6, 2013 #6
    Thank you all especially enigman.
     
  8. Nov 6, 2013 #7

    Evo

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