Nadia B

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    Nadia B got a reaction from kb0426 in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Kb, possibly new treat for team breakfasts when you grow an army of scobies Hippie boss.
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    Nadia B reacted to msssjenna in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    brought my kombucha into work today, in an old marina jar.    Co-workers thought it was sangria, or wine, or some type of nasty drink.  Didnt believe me when I said tea.
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    Nadia B reacted to kb0426 in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Most of my co-workers have never even heard of kombucha; forget about considering making their own!  Which flavor and what did you think?
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    Nadia B reacted to kb0426 in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    I have bubbles!
     

     
    Here was the sample I tapped today.  It is tasting quite smooth; no sour at all.  This is different than the last taste which had a vinegar yet sweet note to it.
     
    I decided to tap 2 bottles.  I have one of just strawberry and another of peach melba (peach/raspberry).  I have blueberries, but I really want to wait until I have ginger.  I have them tucked away in a dark cabinet and will give them a burp on Saturday.
     
    This weekend I will get some more fruits and such for flavors.  I have another 1/2 gallon cooling down now and will add that back in tomorrow morning, as I am doing continuous brew.
     
    So tickled with myself!  
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    Nadia B reacted to megmac in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Things are happening!
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    Nadia B got a reaction from megmac in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Issue?! Hell no. It's a booch paradise.
     
    Accompanied by obsessive checking on the growing yeasty blob. 
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    Nadia B reacted to kb0426 in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
     
    First, I think your climate will only help your booch making.
     
    Second, I have found it a very easy process with just a lot of waiting.  If you can brew a cup of tea, you can make your own booch!  Getting the SCOBY started is easy, it just takes time.  Passive, hands off time. 
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    Nadia B reacted to LadyM in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    I get it now. I am totally obsessed with my own booch. Loving the results of my first bottling. All are nice and fizzy now--I think they just needed another couple days. The only one that's flat is the strawberry vanilla, so I put in a dab of honey and will check it in another day or two.
     
    Second bottling/second second ferment just happened and I'm having hella fun with the flavor. Can't even remember what I ended up with, but I used, in varying combos:
     
    cherries
    raspberries
    limes
    mint
    apricots
    kumquats (!) (my favorite!)
    cucumbers
    cardamom
    vanilla bean
    lemongrass
    ginger
    lemon
     
    I shall report back when I taste them. OMG is this fun or what? Not even kidding this is better than boozy cocktails. I'm realizing that's the part I love--the experimentation--not the booze, necessarily.
     
    Question: how big can you make the first ferment batch? I've got my original SCOBY and my baby in a 3-gallon jar but still keep putting in 8 cups sweet tea. I could fit nearly double that in there. any reason why I shouldn't? Would it just take longer?
     
    Thanks, experts!
     
    Oh, and thanks, Susan, for the beef jerky instructions. I went out and bought a London Broil yesterday and made my first batch of jerky in my electric oven. SO easy and delicious. Best jerky I've ever had. Ain't no thing! Merci.
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    Nadia B got a reaction from megmac in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
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    You can tell I don't drink, right? Ahahaha
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    Nadia B reacted to Lizzard77 in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Thanks to everyone's inspiration I just bottled:
    Rosemary Fig, Orange Beet Spice, Lavender Peach, Pineapple Cilantro, Chai Chocolate Puerh, Mulberry Basil, Tamarind Black Pepper, Cherry Lime Rickey, Hibiscus Mint Mate, and my old standby, Ginger.
     
    Thanks all for the great ideas and help getting the booches flowing, was in a bit of a flavor rut.  Loving this warm weather, booch is ready so much more quickly!
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    Nadia B got a reaction from Derval in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Uahaha bring scoby to school! Your scoby is gigantic and perfectly normal, D! Wow. Soon you'll just have to order flavors with the pro like Lily. Alex is grossed out, eh? 
     
    Beet root powder looked purple and smelled exactly like beets. It was on the shelf with herbs. I will go there and buy a little bit. 
     
    I guess I'll have to mill my hibiscus. 
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    Nadia B reacted to Susan W in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Well my two batch jars are officially grounded. I will add one of those SCOBYs to my CB and the other will reside in a hotel until I can find more fans of booch. Look at all these. I dont even drink a full one a day. Maybe I should start. :0) Golden beets, hibiscus, dried ginger and figs in all sorts of combos.

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    Nadia B reacted to Susan W in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Derval brown stuff is to be expected. The goo is the yeast and brown is tannin from the tea. Dont clean it off like I did. Love that Lily is so involved. Do they do Show and Tell at her school? Some kids bring turtles..Lily can bring a SCOBY.
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    Nadia B reacted to percypat in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    KB, remember Nadia's dad decided after 5 days that he liked it and was having it like that.  I waited one week, but it's your booch.  Taste when you want!
     
    Big news: hubby actually got himself a glass of booch today.  Just half a bottle of the raspberry, but he got of his own accord, with no offering from me.  He liked it.  I think it will take him awhile to get his head around the grossness of the SCOBYs but he hasn't completely lost his taste for it.  We bottled again tonight and he helped me (still no touching the SCOBYs).
     
    2nd piece of big news: strong tea fizz theory is looking good (though lots of sugar no doubt helped).  This batch I just bottled was about 4.5 litres (about 1.2 gallons) and I used 12 tea bags and about 300g sugar.  This stuff was fizzing like mad as we poured it into the bottles.  Next batch is 10 tea bags and 1.5 cups sugar. 
     
    Here is the fizz in the bigger bottle after it had a bit of time to settle (they all frothed over)
     

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    Nadia B got a reaction from kb0426 in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Kb posts keep me laughing. Silly. Can't help. Well, some Nadias are better with fertility than others
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    Nadia B reacted to kb0426 in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Speaking of babies, I am proud to announce that Nadia (my SCOBY) is in her first trimester. She already has a layer forming at the top of my booch whilst she rests below. Such a proud moment!
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    Nadia B reacted to Derval in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    My new bottles (and my brewing assistant busy sampling)
     

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    Nadia B reacted to percypat in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    A few little chunks of frozen mango and 5 days of 2nd fermentation =
     

     
    We had to open and quickly the close the lid a few times as the froth just kept coming.  And it doesn't even taste like mango!  But it's mega fizzy.  Think the lack of mango taste probably comes from not enough mango, along with the fact that I used frozen.  That's fine.  I'll take the fizz as a big win 
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    Nadia B reacted to Susan W in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Nadia is correct. It will grow back and fill in again. I'm safe over here on Nadia's continent. :0)
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    Nadia B got a reaction from Derval in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    I don't think you can damage it by tearing at all. It will grow and morph.
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    Nadia B got a reaction from kb0426 in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Yesyes, Kb. Nadia is ready!
    Derval, yep, just gently pull them apart.
    Btw, I was at the party last night. It was about fashion blahblah (look out for pictures of stunning Viktor&Rolf porclelain dolls). There was a corner if experimental designers. Guess what I see there?
    Everyone was grossed out. I was touching and smelling it. Designer was amazed and then I showed her my scobies on my phone. We were chatting about them forever and then I noticed faces of my friends who were waiting for me. Needless to say they are not aware if my yeast growing hobby. Haha
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    Nadia B reacted to msssjenna in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Ok here is my first brews. 2 mango-ginger, 2 strawberry-rhubarb, and one mango-blueberry. Yay!

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    Nadia B reacted to kb0426 in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Okay folks, and I ready to start brewing?  
     

     

     
    Please say yes!
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    Nadia B reacted to Lizzard77 in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    I don't see why there would be any problem with hibiscus in 1F, as long as it is pure hibiscus with no oils added to it.  Probably the worst thing that will happen is you will have a loverly pink or red SCOBY, not all bad.  I think it would be delicious!
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    Nadia B reacted to megmac in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Of course I checked on my pet this morning before I left.  No change.
     
    In all seriousness, I am grateful to this forum!  I would never have had the guts to try this without you guys.  It seemed totally overwhelming.  And how fortunate that we have so many different time zones involved.  I am really not one to "freak out", but I did freak out at 11:15 (EST) last night and NEEDED an answer.  Thank you Susan!
     
    P.S.  My husband thinks I am NUTS...caught me in the playroom with a flashlight last night checking out the surface of my science project.