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  1. Is this your first Whole30? This is what it's all about

    There are lots of PDF downloads to help you out including the fabulous Meal Planning Template

    Not sure what you can have? Whole30 Rules & Can I Have...

    You'll also find great info searching in the forum section Can I have...?

    Did you know there's Rules AND Recommendations?

    It's early now, but bookmark the Timeline, it's really great

    Really want to complete your Whole30, might want to read this now - Do I really have to start over?

    Welcome B) you've totally got this!

  2. I went to a Kombucha class and will share some of tips I got (my first batch is really strange but I think I used the wrong tea and not really sure what to do with it).



    • Use a cloth on top that has holes (we have a cloth here called Chux and it's bad as it lets fruit flies in), it needs to breathe but not let bugs in
    • Booch shouldn't overheat or be too cold, next to the stove or window can be a scoby killer
    • Use non-black tea - tip was first batch should always be black tea and if you use other teas later, always follow with a black tea batch to boost the scoby, ongoing use of other teas can either kill or make the scoby sick/fail - if you can find it, some people find the organic ones brew better but this might just be local brands
    • Forget about your booch


    • Keep your spare baby scabies - they can live in the fridge for ages
    • Use airtight bottles for second ferment if you want fizz
    • If you want yours to look more like the store bought, strain it before it's final bottle (our teacher did this as a third step after 2nd fermentation complete)

    My big mistakes so far is I totally forgot I made the booch (so have way overbrewed it at first ferment) and I thought I had used black tea but it was actually a dark green tea (lotus tea), so I'm considering throwing it all out and starting again as my booch looks really weird (but it may just be a giant scoby). I was a bit overexcited after the class and I didn't want to wait to start, but in hindsight this was a mistake and I picked a tea from what I have  :rolleyes:

  3. Keep in mind that while many people who have a reaction to red wine (headaches seem to be the biggest reaction) often blame sulfites, there are actually sulfites in white wine too, and some of the same people can react to red but not white, so there's some other something that some people are reacting to besides sulfites.


    • Grape skin - This is why red wine is red and there are actually a lot of people allergic to a protein in the skin called LTP, some people have a reaction to the fermentation of the skins only, others have trouble with grapes too (some fruit juices contain a splash of grape juice).
    • Tannins - Also found in grape skin but most people have tasted them in black tea.
    • Histamine & Tyramine - Found in aged and fermented foods, red wine is usually fermented for longer.
    • Alcohol - Often dismissed, if the red wine you drink is higher in alcohol than the white, it may just be the alcohol.
  4. Hi Lisa :) Where abouts are you located down under?


    We actually have quite a few options which are better than Lara bars now! (yay!)


    I have only once found apricots without sulfur here, they were organic and a funny colour but they tasted great.

  5. I often talk about this with my naturopath, it's not unusual to get an early period or restart periods when you're feeling healthier, as your hormones can change.


    Usually this is a good sign, but if you're worried have a chat with your doctor.

  6. Hmm, are swing top bottles good for bottling booch? Cos the swing top bottles I like most come with beer in them (I don't drink the beer, I just like the bottle). Not sure on the spelling, but it's German, Grolsh I think. Gotta be careful cos not all the bottles are reusable, but the swing top ones are water tight lying down. Reckon they'd be alright with fizzy booch in them? If you can find someone who likes the beer, you may get lots of free bottles.

  7. I bought my booch from a market and the lady who made it said to just open the bottle to burp it.

    It makes a little fizzy noise when I do if it needs burping. If it doesn't, it makes no noise.

    I can feel the pressure release on the bottle, it's glass with a metal preserving type lid (like a large tall passata bottle).

    I think a wine bottle with a screwcap (stelvin) seal would work, but might need more burping.

    the seal on my bottle is tight sitting up, but she said not to store it lying down. Stelvins can usually lie down, but not sure if booch shouldn't.