The Chaga chunks need to be steeped for at least 1 hour using warm water. You want to wait until the tea becomes a dark reddish-brown, dark tea or light coffee colour before consuming. Some enjoy steeping the tea by simmering it over low heat for up to 4 hours. This will create a more bitter, rich and calming brew. Others use a Crock-Pot to slowly brew the Chaga over low heat. This will create a very rich and dark tea can be watered down and used as a concentrate.
When the steeping is finished, don’t throw out the chucks. The Chaga chunks can be reused up to 8 times more after the initial extraction, put the chunks in a plastic bag and put in the freezer so it keeps well until next use. It will take longer as you go to get the colour out, you can help by cutting the now softened chucks up with your kitchen shears.