praxisproject

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    praxisproject reacted to Derval in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    I asked my company & they told me to use boiled tap water, that the scoby might not like the stuff in mineral water. Is mineral water & distilled water the same thing?
     
    Picture time!
     
    Lily loved opening the tap
     

     
    I opened it to top it up again (I used slightly less sugar in the top up tea) to replace the drawn off litre and here's how it looked.
    I think the film on the top is the beginnings of a new baby, yeah?  And the 2 darker semi-circles you can just see underneath are my orginals.
     

     
    The brew is already pleasantly sparkling, as you can see. I have put this in the press (cupboard) overnight, will burp it in the morning & then put in fridge tomorrow night, does that sound right?
     

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    praxisproject reacted to Susan W in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Lol..I so love how they have a mind of their own and simply live where they feel like living.
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    praxisproject reacted to percypat in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    He does annoy me sometimes but it's hard to look annoyed when you are also giggling and snorting at the same time.
     
    He has the stronger stomach of the two of us and I couldn't understand why he was so grossed out by all the SCOBY action.  He said: "You grew it.  It's your Frankenstein."  Well, I guess I've found a name for my SCOBY at least.
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    praxisproject reacted to percypat in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Hee hee, mental picture of frantic Susan: "I need clean towels and hot water! ...  And some more jars!"
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    praxisproject reacted to Susan W in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Have we really figured out the fizz secret? So Nadia, 6 TABLESPOONS of tea? For a 6 litre jar? How many bags is that, I wonder?
    Thanks ladies! I might brew up now and let it sit for the rest of the day, Scobes can move house tonight. Then hubby can be there to wrinkle his nose when I touch it.
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    Nadia may have figured it out. So exciting. One tea bag = one tsp. 3 tsp = 1 TBS.
    They are super fun to touch. Very spongy and slick. Hubby should touch it too. It will be fun for him.
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    praxisproject reacted to percypat in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
     
    Noooo, keep going.  I've actually been facilitating a bit of SCOBY migration down here.  On sunny days I've taken the jar to the laundry which gets more sun (making sure it sits out of direct sunlight) so that it can enjoy the warmer room.  Then in the evening when I'm cooking it comes back to the kitchen.  I think that may have helped it along.
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    praxisproject reacted to percypat in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Have we really figured out the fizz secret?  So Nadia, 6 TABLESPOONS of tea?  For a 6 litre jar?  How many bags is that, I wonder?
     
    Thanks ladies!  I might brew up now and let it sit for the rest of the day, Scobes can move house tonight.  Then hubby can be there to wrinkle his nose when I touch it.
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    praxisproject reacted to Susan W in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Omg...fizz totally figured out. One tea bag = one tsp loose leaf tea. When Hannah at KK was trouble shooting the fizz factor, she asked me if I had tried to increase tea strength. I didn't know she meant triple it.
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    praxisproject reacted to Susan W in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Oh and please do take another picture. I love SCOBY pictures.
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    praxisproject reacted to Susan W in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Lol...my SCOBY's baby was a funny looking kid. I say that with motherly love. They get bumpy because of the gasses working their way to the top. They also get oddly brown from the tannins in the tea. All good stuff.
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    praxisproject reacted to Derval in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Grolsch, yes they are lovely bottles.

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    praxisproject reacted to Susan W in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Lol..so that is why the Hartwigs came up with the template. They were crossing borders. Leave it to you to lighten the moment.
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    praxisproject reacted to kb0426 in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    The beauty of the whole30 template. A palm size is a universal measurement we all can understand!
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    praxisproject reacted to percypat in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    That's where I got mine from! I got this one here:
    http://www.maxwellandwilliams.com.au/mw/maxwell-williams-storage-canisters-jars-candy-jar-6-litre-lh6549.asp
    $19.95 full price, but I had to have it because I'm terrible at waiting for things.
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    praxisproject reacted to Derval in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Wow what a stroke of luck! My friend is a manager of a charity shop and I was in with her this evening and asked her if she ever got in bottles. She was about to take home the dozen plus flip top lemonade bottles she had in the shop from customer evenings for recycling! But now they are my booch bottles!
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    praxisproject got a reaction from percypat in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    For the Aussies, I've seen a lot of really giant glass jars in places like House, they're Maxwell WIlliams I think, but they're often on sale. Will keep my eyes peeled.
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    praxisproject reacted to Susan W in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Metric or no metric..you need a bigger jar.
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    praxisproject reacted to Beets in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Cantaloupe basil sounds amazing.
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    praxisproject reacted to Derval in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    I'm with you nadia, us Europeans know how to measure
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    praxisproject reacted to Nadia B in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Sophie, you crack me up. I have converter app opened all the time, I will never speak feet, inches, Farenheits or ounces. No offense people, but measuring veggies in cups is the most ridiculous (and inaccurate) thing ever Grumpy me today heh.
    Basic recipe calls for 1 gallon. You can scale the recipe accordingly I guess. I've only doubled it, no scaling down I'd def get a bigger jar, because if you are not doing a CB it will leave you with like 3 bottles of booch as you'll have to save some for the next batch.
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    praxisproject reacted to percypat in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    You guys must get bigger jars than we do I was picturing this teeny little jar in my head because that's the size I always see apple sauce sold in here!
    I just had to run the numbers through a converter because I can only do metric. Those jars would be a bit under half a gallon each? I don't know what the ideal size is either! I saw someone saying their jar was 1 or 1.5 gallon here somewhere so I found a jar that size too, but maybe I am just greedy and want lots of kombucha! (Actually, there's no maybe about it!).
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    praxisproject reacted to msssjenna in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Okay, I just see these very large scobys and cant imagine fitting it into my applesauce jar.
    PS I posted on FB for glass bottles/jars with lids and had a great response. I've picked up 7 so far
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    praxisproject reacted to Nadia B in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Any kitchen appliances stores, home/gardening, Target, IKEA or thrift store. If you need bottles I'd check beer brewing stores, they usually have them sold by case.
    Cutting scoby!!!! Cruel lady, please don't do this. It will fit in perfectly and will morph and grow in the given jar.
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    praxisproject reacted to msssjenna in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    I think all the information provided so far has been helpful. I have taken all other questions to Pinterest, Google, and Youtube. . I ordered a scoby kit from Etsy and will start my process next week.
    PS where is a cheap place to get glass bottles/jars from? I plan on hitting up the thrift store and have already asked my parents to put theirs to the side.
    PPS what if my scoby is too big to fit into my jar? Can i cut it?
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    praxisproject reacted to percypat in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    SCOBY bragging!
    Not nearly so impressive as Nadia's dad's doubling its size in record time, but I had a peek today (1 week since I started growing it) and it is completely covering the surface of the liquid. Starting to really thicken up in the spots where it was first visible. (Still thin overall though). Hubby asking more questions about SCOBY behaviour, wrinkles nose and says it's disgusting, then asks how long we have to wait before we get our first batch. That's my boy.