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How To Brew Chaga Chunks

Oct 26, 2022Kaitlin Lawless

Not sure how to go about brewing chaga chunks? Never fear! There are a few ways you can brew chaga chunks tea, which I’ll detail in this blog. Not really a reader? Not to worry, Click here to see our instructional video!

How to Brew Chaga Chunks in a Crockpot/Slowcooker

Step 1:

    Use 1 golf-ball-sized Birch Boys Chaga Chunk per 1 gallon of water. In the image below, you can see that I used a few smaller Chaga Chunks to get the right amount.

Step 2:

    Add your chaga chunk(s) and water to your crockpot

Step 3:

    Set your crockpot on low and brew for 3-5 hours or until desired darkness is reached.

Step 4:

    Now that you’re finished brewing your chaga tea, you have a few options to finish the process. You can serve and enjoy the tea right away, add spices to make chaga chai, refrigerate it to make iced chaga tea or you can continue to steep on low and add water to your crockpot as needed so that you can enjoy warm chaga tea over the course of a few days.

When you are finished, make sure to save your chunk for reuse.

    Place the used chunk in a plastic bag and store in the freezer. You can use the chaga chunk 2-3 more times or until it no longer produces a dark brew.
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Crockpot Method Tips and Tricks

Refrigeration:

    You can store chaga tea, covered, in the fridge for up to two weeks. However, it is best served within one week.

Tasty Additions:

    Once you’ve poured your cup feel free to add in extras such as; maple syrup, caramel and a pinch of salt, your favorite coffee creamer, or anything else that you can think up.

Want to boost your morning coffee?

    Simply use your brewed chaga tea in place of water when making coffee. This makes a delicious chaga coffee with many benefits.

How to Brew Chaga Chunks on the Stovetop

Step 1:

    Use 1 Birch Boys Chaga Chunk per 1 gallon of water

Step 2:

    Add your chaga chunk(s) and water to your pan/pot

Step 3:

    Simmer until the desired color of chaga tea is reached. This can take anywhere from 30 minutes (for a light brew) to 3+ hours (for a very rich brew). For longer duration brews, make sure to check it and add water if necessary.

Step 4:

    Serve and enjoy! Or store in the fridge to make a delicious iced tea.

When you are finished brewing, make sure to save the chaga chunk for reuse.

    Place the used chaga chunk in a plastic bag and store in the freezer. You can use the chaga chunk 2-3 more times or until it no longer produces a dark brew.
Organic Chaga Chunks Tea with mug

Stovetop Method Tips, Tricks and FAQ

Refrigeration:

    You can store chaga tea, covered, in the fridge for up to two weeks. However, it is best served within one week. If you want a sweeter iced tea, feel free to add in your sweetener before refrigeration for a smooth sip.

Tasty Additions:

    Once you’ve poured your cup feel free to add in extras such as; maple syrup, caramel and a pinch of salt, your favorite coffee creamer, or anything else that you can think up.

Want to boost your morning coffee?

    Simply use your brewed chaga tea in place of water when making coffee.

What to do with a spent chaga chunk

Wondering what to do with your spent organic chaga chunks? Whatever you do, don’t throw it in the trash! There are many things you can do with spent wild chaga chunks.

    Firstly, you can dry your Chaga chunk back out in a place with good airflow and use it as incense, or kindling for a fire. Chaga has been used in this way for thousands of years.
    Secondly, you can compost your chaga chunk or just toss it in your yard. Chaga chunks are a piece of sterile sclerotium, not reproductive mushroom, so you don’t have to worry about chaga reproducing in your compost or yard, the chunk will simply breakdown and return to nature as nature intended.

*A Word of Warning*

    - Some people mistakenly think that the chunk of chaga is edible. The actual chunk/pulp itself is inedible and we do not recommend eating raw chaga.

I hope you enjoyed this instructional by Birch Boys. How do you brew your chaga chunks? Do you brew them for coffee? Do you add other flavors? Have more questions? Let us know in the comments! Whatever you do, make sure to keep Chaga’n on.

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Kaitlin Lawless holding a conk of wild chaga

About The Author

Born and raised amidst the breathtaking landscapes of the Adirondack Mountains, Kaitlin Lawless developed a profound appreciation for the natural world from an early age. She is passionate about ecological preservation and permaculture, employing such practices on her homestead. Since childhood, she has studied and been taught about herbalism by the wise women in her life, field guides, and accredited scientific literature. Her expertise in the field of mycology stems from her invaluable training under the tutelage of Garrett Kopp, a licensed NYS mushroom identification expert. Kaitlin is an integral part of the Birch Boys team, as the Assistant to the President, she manages Birch Boys' customer service, B2B, copy, social media and more. This role has afforded her a deep and expansive knowledge of the effects and applications of healing mushrooms. With her broad expertise, Kaitlin has become a trusted source of information for those seeking to harness the power of nature's medicinal offerings.


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