How do you brew a great Billy Tea

Submitted: Monday, Apr 06, 2009 at 18:54
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Seems like a lot of forumites have great and varied opinons on steak, and how it should be prepared before eaten. I think I know where al lot of it ends up. That is why we all carry a shovel, S-it happens.
I like my Billy tea boiled on Manuka fire in an open billy,add a small palm full of leaf tea for each when boiled, when it has come back to the boil, remove from fire tap billy to settle the leaves. pour across the hamdle and enjoy, if the town people do not appreciate the smoke, apparently if you lay a twig across the top of the billy you don't get the smokey flavour, never bothered trying that myself.
The Tea Billy is the Tea Billy and just used for that, only rinse if you must, but keep well cllear of that detergent stuff rhat woman like to use.
I better go swing the Billy
Cheers
Russ
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Reply By: Member - Footloose - Monday, Apr 06, 2009 at 19:01

Monday, Apr 06, 2009 at 19:01
Hi Russ. My NZ mate (you know the one) rekkons that you can't get a decent cup of tea in Ozzie. He tells me that we kill it with too much milk !
I don't know about that, I drink coffee :))
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Follow Up By: Member - Kiwi Kia - Monday, Apr 06, 2009 at 19:25

Monday, Apr 06, 2009 at 19:25
Hey Footy, does your mate twirl the billy 4 times clockwise to settle the tea leaves before pouring :-))

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Follow Up By: Member - Footloose - Monday, Apr 06, 2009 at 19:28

Monday, Apr 06, 2009 at 19:28
Never noticed but he sure whinges a lot about the tea ! LOL
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Follow Up By: Member - Russnic [NZ] - Monday, Apr 06, 2009 at 19:34

Monday, Apr 06, 2009 at 19:34
Hi Footlloose,
What is this "milk" stuff?
Is that the white water that the Dairy guys squeeze the liquid out and export the dust to China and other Eastern Places.
Never had much time for it myself, preferred to let the calves suck it out for themselves ,so they can grow up to be beef.
Most mornings I put on a brew of coffee too, quite like it espresso style stove top model.
Years ago in the Rodeo days had a big percolator type coffee pot, get it brewing and there was always some one to yarn to,
I think it was the smell of the brew that was a bigger attraction than my lack of deoderont.
Same old thing put a brew on
Company will happen
Cheers
Russ
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Follow Up By: Member - Footloose - Monday, Apr 06, 2009 at 19:40

Monday, Apr 06, 2009 at 19:40
Yes Russ you're right about the brew. It does attract company. A better plan is to crack open a coldie from the fridge...they arrive quicker than the flies then I'm told LOL
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Reply By: Best Off Road - Monday, Apr 06, 2009 at 19:33

Monday, Apr 06, 2009 at 19:33
Chuck a small fresh Gum Leaf in as well.

Drink hot and black with some sugar (I've not put milk in my tea since I was about seven).

Haven't had it in years, but I'm off bush for Easter, must pack the Billy.

Cheers,

Jim.

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Reply By: Member - DAZA (QLD) - Monday, Apr 06, 2009 at 19:46

Monday, Apr 06, 2009 at 19:46
Hi All
When I was an Apprentice Plumber, it was my job to make the Tea for Smokos and Lunch, I use to boil the billy on a gas lead burner,and throw in 4 hand fulls of tea leaves, the abuse I would cop if the tea was no good was horrendus, I soon learnt to make a good cuppa, I use to drink it with Condense Milk, after a while the next apprentice would have to do it, I still enjoy it when we are camping,and every now and then we will make a Damper on the Cobb Cooker at home and I will boil the Billy on the BBQ gas ring, I love it.

Cheers
Daza
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Reply By: Bushwhacker - Monday, Apr 06, 2009 at 20:00

Monday, Apr 06, 2009 at 20:00
Hey Russnic, dunno who taught you to make billy tea, but I reckon the same guy that taught me a long time ago... exactly the same, mate! Not only the best, but the ONLY way to make tea. Cheers, Dave
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Reply By: Steve - Monday, Apr 06, 2009 at 20:10

Monday, Apr 06, 2009 at 20:10
use decent tea
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Follow Up By: Best Off Road - Monday, Apr 06, 2009 at 20:29

Monday, Apr 06, 2009 at 20:29
Agree.

The best I can find these days is Jones. Semms to be exclusive to Woolworths/Safeway. Great strong flavour without being bitter.

I used to use Dilmah. Aparently the owner named it after his sons Dillon and Mahlick.

Bloody good thing his sons weren't called Con and Dominic. Tea may have tasted a bit rubbery.

Cheers,

Jim.


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Reply By: Member - Dunworkin (WA) - Monday, Apr 06, 2009 at 21:24

Monday, Apr 06, 2009 at 21:24
Yep I remember doing the twirling thing with the billy, only mine was out in the paddock whilst working, nothing nicer for lunch after a hard mornings work, haven't done it in years, (twirling the billy I mean) must try it one day to see if I can still twirl.

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Deanna


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Reply By: Rod W - Tuesday, Apr 07, 2009 at 09:25

Tuesday, Apr 07, 2009 at 09:25
When I'm out that way I call in and have a cuppa with Tony on Dimels Station. The brew is one palm full for the pot and one for each person... except for the last time I was there when Tony produced a 200 pack of tea bags. I said to him "what's this where's the tea leaves". He momentarily stopped a smile came on his face and he said "I've been caught out, you've been here before haven't you?". I usually lose 3 hours when I call it.
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