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8/23/11 7:29 P

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I knew I recognised your name! Welcome back, we don't judge here!

I think most of us have been in a similar position in our lives, but most of us always return to the fermenting way of life- I certainly miss it when I don't do it.

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welcome back to fermenting!

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8/23/11 5:47 P

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Hello all. I'm back. I sort of gave up on fermenting but now I'm back at it. I just put my first batch of milk kefir on the counter. Going to start a batch of coconut water kefir next.

My kombucha has been in 'storage' for awhile. I may start it back up this fall. Summer was way too hot to do any fermenting. Hope I can be more active, this go around.



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5/16/10 8:06 A

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I'm not sure you could travel with kombucha- it gets very fizzy and I'd hate to be near a bottle that 'goes'! Burping them regularly might help as long as you keep them full to the brim. Once bottled I'm sure kombucha would last for months, if not years, but mine doesn't get the chance- so if you're thinking about storage, maybe doing a second filtration to remove all traces of yeast might help- the site I linked to on another thread has details. And yeah, mine is now a longer ferment since I switched off the heater and reduced the yeast growing opportunities. And I regularly taste test near the end, with a turkey baster!

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5/10/10 10:47 A

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You're fermenting for a week? After a week my first batch was just sweet tea. I let my last batch go almost 2 weeks. Way too long for me. It sure is STRONG! My scoby is thickening very nicely now. I was beginning to become concerned, but not anymore.

I think 1-1/2 weeks is just about perfect for my taste. I need to look into purchasing some of those bottles you were talking about. How long can you store kombucha in them for? Can you travel with them? I'm wondering how to bottle for my vacation this summer.



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4/29/10 1:42 P

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I'm so relieved, Debbie! Strangely, kombucha- and kefir- need ritual and routine to thrive, I find.

Unfortunately, I'm having real problems getting my SCOBY to thicken up uniformly- it's straggly, and very uneven, trapping bubbles which make it rise above the liquid and start to dry out, so I have to keep milking the bubbles away, which dsturbs the fine threads and the new layer of SCOBY.... I'm working on it, but my week long wait doesn't allow for a quick change between fermentations.

Any ideas?

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Sooooo, my 2nd batch fermented almost 14 days! Wow! What a difference. Much more, what's the word I'm looking for? Fermented? Bubbly? Love it! havne't had time to watch your video yet - but I will.

I'm so excited that this is working. I have 2 batches going now.

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Debbie

Here's a link to my 'how I do it' video.....

Hope that helps!

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It was on the sweet side, not quite "done" enough. I had brewed for 9 days. 1 cup of sugar, 4 tea bags - 2 2 quarts of water. (If I remember correctly - I wrote it down in the other room so I could remember.)

I'm going to let it go a bit longer in the next brew time. I was enjoyable though. I'm quite excited!

I'll have to look into those bottles. I'll have to see where I'm going with this. If it becomes an occupation or not. emoticon

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4/13/10 2:34 A

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Hey Debbie
Personally, if this is your first batch, I'd hold back from giving it to your family for a while, until you're happy with the taste, mainly because the first batches tend to be either too acidic or too sweet and they'll all be put off trying it again, no matter what you mix it with- it took me six months to persuade my kids to try it again and only Saffron took up my offer, but she does now ask for it. I don't mix with anything else, though I haven't tried yet.

Another point- I find that kombucha tastes better- more like the commercial varieties- when it's given time to mature and pressurise in bottles, (I use 'grolsch' type bottles with the special clips), but I know there are some team members that use the continuous fermenting method where the kombucha is drunk raw.

Whatever you decide, have fun! It's a fascinating occupation that might just help you to better health, too!

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Thanks for the welcome!

Yes, we are on the hula hoop team together!
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Today is a whole week for my tea - I'm going to test it later. I peeked at it over the weekend and saw that I have a "baby" that formed. I'm guessing that it's successful at growing since that happened. Now - awaiting the taste. I've only sampled the bottled variety. I know this will be different. I may dilute with some juice for the family to try.... any thoughts on this?


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hi Debbie,i am Ranjini-another newcomer and love both kombucha and kefir!my kefir is in soymilk.

Indian standard Time!Now 54 yrs old.Had a Sleeve Gastrectomy and like most of us who have had this survey-it is a welcome surgery and ,howeer a radical lifestyle change-in diet,exercise,evrything.Weight is down by 20 kilos.That is a whole new me but I need to lose a couple of 5 more kilose hopefully due to newly diagnosed psoriatic arthritis.Well here's to all of us ,everybody!I am on a new challenge that
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Hey Debbie,

How is your kombucha tea coming along?

I think we are on another team too.... Hula Hoops.

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4/7/10 5:44 P

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Hey Debbie, welcome to KK!

Great to hear you're jumping in the deep end- it'll probably take a few weeks for the SCOBY to settle into its new environment and for you to create a routine for bottling or renewing, etc- there's lots of info on here, if you look around. Any questions you have, please ask- there are a few fermenters on this team and together we have a lot of experience.

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Hey Debbie, welcome to KK!

Great to hear you're jumping in the deep end- it'll probably take a few weeks for the SCOBY to settle into its new environment and for you to create a routine for bottling or renewing, etc- there's lots of info on here, if you look around. Any questions you have, please ask- there are a few fermenters on this team and together we have a lot of experience.

Welcome!

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Hello,
and welcome to the team, I'm new also to this team, and I have never had kombucha, I'm just curious, I intend to buy some from a health shop to try,
I have been making kefir, I had some grains sent to me by Paul the team leader, and have being experimenting with it, for a couple of weeks now, the grains are growing bigger so I must be doing it right. Good Luck in your kombucha brewing,
Best Wishes Janet.

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I am pleasantly surprised to find a forum for kombucha! I'm a newbie (not to SP). I just received my baby in the mail on Monday, from a friend on another forum. I have it in my pantry, brewing (is that the right term?).

I remember seeing people blog about it and thinking "crazy!" Then I started researching it and thinking, there has to be something to this. I went to a class at Whole Foods a few weeks back that covered all the basics on how to brew. They wouldn't let us sample the homemade, only the bottled - which I've had before. I'm curious! My husband thinks I've gone off the deep end. emoticon

I hope to learn more from you all here. Can't wait to try my tea!

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