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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 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:
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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-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)
    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:
    Carrot cake
    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?
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    praxisproject reacted to percypat in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Awesome idea! Plus one for the n00bs right here ... Three weeks ago I didn't know what kombucha was, and now I (hopefully) have a pet SCOBY growing in my kitchen. Either that or I am farming mould.
    Apparently getting into this makes you crazy so it'll be nice to have a place for us loonies to hang out together
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    praxisproject reacted to LibLady in Don't over think this.   
    A great post Robin! I have had so many problems on previous low carb diets that I checked with my Doc before I started and got a carb amount from him that I needed. Made sure I had something (fruit, sweet potatoes, or pumkin) at each meal, but quit even trying to count after the first couple of days. After that, I just kept doing what I was doing and didn't suffer the usual consequences. So, to everyone who is worried about eating too much or not enough, just go with the flow. It will work out. Day 24 is at an end and energy has picked up despite my having fibro and CFS.
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    praxisproject reacted to Robin Strathdee in Acronyms!   
    This is a list of the most commonly used acronyms on the forum. If you see one we're missing, you can note it below and a moderator will update the list.

    W9: Whole9

    W30: Whole30

    SAD: Standard American Diet
    This is the diet that typifies the western attitude toward food - processed foods, low fat, "sugar free", food-like products, fast food...

    W30D: Whole30 Daily
    The Whole30 Daily is a 32 day (you get days 0 and 31) subscription email service packed with tips and resources for you during every step of your Whole30 journey.

    SWYPO: Sex With Your Pants On.
    Pancakes, cookies, muffins and other paleofied junk foods that are never as satisfying as the real thing and often lead down the slippery slope to "real" junk food.

    ISWF: It Starts With Food
    Best-selling book by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig (creators of the Whole30 program) that details both the ins and outs of the Whole30 program AND the science behind their many recommendations.

    WOD: Workout of the Day
    Primarily CrossFit terminology used to refer to the assigned group workout of the day. Many folks around here use it to describe their daily workout, CrossFit or not.

    Pre-wo: Pre-Workout/ Post-wo: Post-Workout
    Generally used in reference to what foods are best to eat before and after a workout

    AIP: Autoimmune Protocol
    This is a reference to the autoimmune protocol – a larger and more specific set of dietary restrictions for those suffering from autoimmune conditions.

    We won't worry about the sciency words the acronym stands for. These foods are easily broken down by certain bacteria in the gut and can cause digestive troubles for some folks.
    MDA: Mark's Daily Apple.  ~ A good go-to if you can't find the info you need here or on our site,
    BP Coffee: Bulletproof Coffee ~ A coffee drink made with ghee and coconut oil, blended in a blender or with an immersion blender.
    NSV: Non-Scale Victory - like clearer skin, better sleep, less joint pain, clothes fitting better -- anything other than the number on the scale
    JERF: Just Eat Real Food
    FWOB: Foods without brakes ~ less healthy foods you can't seem to stop once you start
    ACV: apple cider vinegar
    EVOO: extra virgin olive oil
    OTF: Orange Theory Fitness - a popular gym/fitness program
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    praxisproject reacted to wheresanita in Don't over think this.   
    Hey Amy,
    Unfortunately hospitals are not bastions of healthy eating! I did a clinical rotation at a facility that had a McDonalds! In our busy unit we often do not get a full sit-down lunch break. Many people resort to the 'running to the break room and scoffing a pack of graham crackers an some peanut butter' a few times a day in lieu of a real meal. Hence my victory with my eggy/muffiny things
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    praxisproject reacted to Robin Strathdee in Don't over think this.   
    Welcome all newcomers, welcome back vets, and for those of you who never left...welcome to this post.
    I just wanted to pop in here and remind you all to take a deep breath before you dive into all the questions about what you can and can't have. The program guidelines are clear on what you can and can't have (grains, dairy, W30 muffins), but things get a little grey when people start talking about what you should and shouldn't have. Please don't over think think this. You don't have to address every food related issue you have, break every bad habit, and shun every food that gives you comfort to succeed with your Whole30. If you need to you can always extend or repeat the process, and things will get better each time you do. My advice to you is this:

    Stick to the rules like they are your port in a storm (really, they will become that).
    Take the Moderators responses seriously (we know what we're talking about).
    Take community members suggestions as advice from those who came before, but keep in mind they are not the rules and not the Mods. Everyone here is well-meaning, and everyone here wants to see you succeed, but everyone here is at a different place in this journey.
    And finally, take comfort in these words (from Melissa Hartwig, on another forum post):

    Here's the thing (and this is an interesting discussion)... there are Whole30 "rules," which are strict, clearly outlined, and very well defined. No grains - and here are all the things we consider grains. No dairy - and here are all the dairy items excluded. No Paleo-fied food choices, and here's what those look like.
    Then, there are Whole30 suggestions for success. They're not part of the official rules, but they're things that we've seen really help (or harm) people as they move through the program. Fruit smoothies for breakfast - not a good idea. Skipping breakfast - not a good idea. Eating every two hours, all day - not a good idea. These things won't necessarily affect your Whole30 results (although they might), but if we can give you additional suggestions that will make your transition and your program easier and more effective, we're going to give them to you.
    Keep Calm and Whole30 On.