MrsStick

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    MrsStick got a reaction from purplepadres in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    @purplepadres how much of the flavoring did you use? I'm planning to try to recreate an apple cider booch I bought commercially but am not sure how much juice I should add vs. the spices. Did you use a cinnamon stick? Do you think it could be reused for more than one batch if you did?
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    MrsStick got a reaction from jmcbn in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Looks like my experiment is working! There are a bunch of little spots of baby SCOBY floating around on the surface of my kombucha!
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    MrsStick got a reaction from jenmidge in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Looks like my experiment is working! There are a bunch of little spots of baby SCOBY floating around on the surface of my kombucha!
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    MrsStick got a reaction from jmcbn in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    I'm going crazy and am trying to make kombucha with two baby SCOBYs that had formed in my flavored booch I'd bought a couple weeks ago (apple cider flavored). I don't know if it'll work or not but I could clearly see both the bacteria and yeasts in the little babies so I decided I'd try it. I'll let you know in a couple of weeks if it works.
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    MrsStick got a reaction from praxisproject in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    You can use green tea for kombucha though! I usually do a mix of black and green because I'm not a super huge fan of the flavor of black tea. You can even use plain white tea for a more delicate flavor (you can't let it ferment as long with lighter teas if I recall correctly because there are fewer tannins for the SCOBY to digest) but I haven't found plain white, just flavored whites. As long as there's no flavoring to the tea, you're just fine!
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    MrsStick got a reaction from Carlaccini in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    I like it! Sabrina and Josephine.
     
    Hubby is drinking some of the kombucha too - this new flavor we can both drink straight which makes me happy. He doesn't drink it during the week but helps out so to speak over the weekends. I might have to get another fliptop bottle so I can make more at a time...or maybe not...decisions decisions!
     
    Has anyone used kombucha to help their plants? I've got a couple of pots on my windowsill and the soil isn't that great. I'm wondering if the bacteria/yeasts in the booch would help colonize the soil and make it richer...off to research...
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    MrsStick got a reaction from praxisproject in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    I finally went and got a SCOBY from my friend. I have yet to decide on a final name for him/her. Veronica perhaps? Maybe. Regardless, I have a half gallon jar full of tea with this alien in it. I am now the weird person with strange foods...and have finally become as close to the mom described in Kid History's Healthy Eating video...minus the kids!
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    MrsStick got a reaction from missmary in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    One other question - I saw a lot of people talking earlier in the thread about adding honey to second ferments to help the fizz. Honey (at least raw) has antibacterial qualities - wouldn't that harm the kombucha instead of help it be better for you?
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    MrsStick got a reaction from jent103 in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Okay. I've heard of kombucha, but never bothered to try it or anything. I've done water kefir before, but that was because it was so easy - add sugar to water, drop in grains, wait three days, filter, mix juice, wait two days, drink. Easy.
     
    But. BUT. Just found out that a new friend here (I moved to Korea 2-ish months ago) makes her own kombucha. She gave me a little bottle to try. It's lightly fizzy, and kind of lovely. I want to do it. I have NO IDEA what I'm doing, or if it's worth it. Or if it's time consuming. I should've been more careful when I poured some for myself tonight, because the little baby SCOBY ended up in my glass and I've drank it. Oh well, it was lovely mixed with cranberry juice. Who needs wine?
     
    She's offered me a SCOBY and...I want to. But...BUT...I'm scared. I work full time. I live in Korea, where electricity is so expensive that I don't leave my A/C on when I'm out of the house or at night (so far). I don't know how long I'd need to do any of this...and I kind of want one of you expert-sounding people, in your 60 page thread, to reassure me. I have half gallon mason jars and a plastic strainer, but I would have to pick up some grolsch-type jars to put it in.
     
    Aargh. I'm sure it's great for me. I just...am not sure. Any ideas from you all?