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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.
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    praxisproject reacted to Susan W in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    One thought..we should probably be careful about health benefits. Just maybe speak to probiotics and stop there?
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    praxisproject reacted to Nadia B in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Susan, we can split the work. I am thinking this structure. Keep it short with the link for a good article.
    What is kombucha
    Health benefits
    Shopping list to start your own brew (list types of teas, sugars, bottles etc)
    Two ways to get a scoby
    Basic recipe
    Two ways to brew
    Second fermantation
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    praxisproject reacted to Susan W in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Totally agree. Work is so not what we are going for. Give me 2 days to compile a good list of links. You can always veto them.
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    praxisproject reacted to Susan W in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Kt fizz is nothing like added fizz. Way fewer bubbles.
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    praxisproject reacted to Nadia B in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    This is what I did! Grew scoby out of GT. It made a baby scoby, which went to the second jar after peeling it off. They both grew one baby each. One baby went to the hotel and one went to my Dad. His baby grows at the rocket speed! It is double size in two days, weeeeee!
    I suggest that KB edits her first post and includes instructions and links. I mean Susan is a rock star and ready to help everyone. Aaand that's why we all love her, but... What do you think?
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    praxisproject reacted to Susan W in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Of course your Dad's SCOBY is going crazy. He received a Pixie Dust SCOBY. :0) Awesome idea regarding the links in OP. I am always worried that I will forget something. Plus..what a helpful thread we will be.
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    praxisproject reacted to Beets in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    I think that's a great idea. I know I'd appreciate it. Like an FAQ and favorite links.
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    praxisproject reacted to msssjenna in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Ok so after reading this thread today I bought a bottle of GT ginger. Of course now I want to make my own. Where do I start? Do I save some of this tea and buy a scoby online? Help please?
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    praxisproject reacted to pjena in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    I don't know CB. GT is a brand name store bought kombucha. Mama scoby is the scoby you put in your sweetened tea to start. The scoby will start growing a new scoby as a film at the top of the jar - that is the baby. Mine were stuck together. I heard that they may not always be stuck together. I just peeled them apart with clean hands. I started a new brew with the baby (the half that was on top) and put the mama (the botom part) in a small jar covered with kombucha, but without any add'l sugar, cover with a plastic wrap lined jar lid and put it in a back corner of a shelf in the basement (to stay cool, but not cold). It should not grow, but should stay alive in case I need it. So much to learn!
    Susan - I'd guess it might take longer with a baby. I'm not sure. I'm so sorry for your scoby loss!
    now I know CB!
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    praxisproject reacted to Susan W in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Welcome to the world of booch-speak Praxis. CB stands for continuous brew. So, if I take 32oz out of my vessel, I add 32oz of sweet tea to replenish it. The advantage is that is low maintenance and the brew is ready to use again in 2 days. Mama is your first SCOBY. They continuously reproduce other SCOBYs which are called baby SCOBYs. You can store them in a hotel which is the SCOBY plus a couple cups of booch. You place it in a cool, dark cupboard for storage. It peacefully sleeps there. GT is a brand of Kombucha here in the states.
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    praxisproject got a reaction from moggle in Sourcing food in Australia   
    Not sure if it's been mentioned already, but I have had some lovely lovely grass fed meat from Otway Prime http://www.otwayprime.com.au I picked mine up at the Mulgrave Farmers Market, but they go other places too and you can order frozen if you'd rather have it that way. they make GRAIN FREE SAUSAGES! (not all are, but if you ask, they have em).
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    praxisproject got a reaction from Susan W in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    What is a CB, a GT and a baby vs a mama? What is a Scoby hotel? lol
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    praxisproject reacted to Nadia B in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Yep, kijiji too. I am thinking of making very sweet looking packs (tea, sugar, cloth and instructions) and giving it a try. Ha!
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    praxisproject reacted to msssjenna in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    I just wanted to chime in .. people sell SCOBYs on etsy, either by itself of with a starter kit, like this:
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/152397911/kombucha-starter-kit?ref=shop_home_active
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    praxisproject reacted to Nadia B in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    I am pretty sure that I've read that metal lids are ok as long as they don't touch the liquid. Metal can actually erode. Just note that you will have to puree all the flavoring, so you can strain it without problems. No big deal I guess.
    Susan, does your booch get fizzy after the first ferment? Mine is sparkling even prior bottling. I wonder if tea has anything to do with this. I am actually using plain black from Russian store. Maybe that's the pixie dust Green tea batch will give the answer.
    Now question fro pro-s. What do you do with your new babies? I mean every week I am getting two new offsprings. Even if I keep two as a backup... I can sell them if I find enough booch enthusiasts here. My Dad has the same question. Are you throwing them away? Gasp.
    Btw, for those who haven't seen, I am bragging. Daddy and his new yeastie friend!

    Susan, look at these. I am dying. So flipping expensive for the pretty bottle.

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    praxisproject reacted to Susan W in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Good question. Supposedly carbonation only happens with airtight bottles. You can still flavor with screw on cap.
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    praxisproject reacted to Derval in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Can you re-use wine bottles with screw-top lids?
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    praxisproject reacted to Susan W in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Oh lawdy. Then still fill with hot water to temper the glass, but bring other water to a boil. Dump hot water out and carefully fill bottles with boiling water. I say carefully because they can break if not tempered first. Let boiled water sit for 5-10 minutes. Label will peel right off. Use sticky side to remove leftover glue. Then resort to goof off.
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    praxisproject reacted to Nadia B in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    It's all in the name of boochology! You are the booch pioneer. There is no such thing as experiment without a fail.
    Susan's method works wonders! Fill the bottle with hot water, let sit and peel. Right?
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    praxisproject reacted to Nadia B in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    My flavors so far:
    Blackberry-mango
    Blackberry-strawberry-basil (loved it)
    Strawberry-mint (loved it),
    Strawberry-mango (too sweet but super fuzzy which is fun)
    Ginger-lemon-orange (loved it)
    Orange vanilla (LOVE)
    Pineapple/strawberry/ginger
    Cherry/orange (good)
    Cucumber/lime/mint (a bit too bitter)
    Cherry/vanilla (amazing)
    Apricot/saffron/mint (best stuff ever)
    Orange/cinnamon/cloves (Christmas!)
    Apricot-cranberry-ginger (very good)
    Orange-lemon-ginger (super fresh)
    Apple-cinnamon (mnom)
    Coconut-pineapple-mint (whatever)
    New flavors that are going through second fermentation:
    Peach/strawberry/ginger
    Strawberry/Kiwi
    Pear/Vanilla
    Pear/Ginger
    Cherry/Vanilla
    Cherry/Basil
    Carrot cake
    Carrot/Ginger
    Carrot/Apple/Cinnamon
    Cranberry/Mango
    Cranberry/Pineapple/Orange
    Honeydew/Cardamon
    Honeydew/Orange/Mint
    Honeydew/Cantaloupe/Ginger/Lemongrass
    Cantaloupe/Lavender
    Cantaloupe/Basil
    I don't burp anything. Hm. I just start opening them in two days as I am too impatient. This is how much fizz I have after the bottles sit overnight. Just to annoy you, Susan

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    praxisproject reacted to LRM in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Uh-oh! We're supposed to "burp" the bottles? What does this mean? If anyone is a prime candidate for a Kombucha Explosion it would be me. Things like that just happen to me, lol.
    So, if I bottle my Kombucha, and leave it on the counter for 4 days to let it fizz, at what point do I "burp" the bottles? And how do I do that?
    Thanks.
    Lisa