Moluv

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  1. In reading the original rules I recalled it said it was ok to buy minimally processed packaged foods like tomatoes and broths. I purchased the Pacific Brand Beef Broth and didn't notice until later (my bad!) that it contains a small amount of "autolyzed yeast extract" and says on the label it is gluten free. Otherwise the rest of the ingredients are approved. My gut tells me not to eat this as I don't know exactly what that stuff is, though others have posted that guar gum in coconut milk is ok, even though that is technically not a whole food either. Any suggestions??
  2. I use a whole split vanilla bean for a wine sized swing top bottle and refill it several times and the vanilla flavor lasts a good while. Yum. My favorite.
  3. This morning my hubby was staring at my 2 scobies in the closet and he said, "This really isn't what I was hoping we'd be growing in the closet." ..................................... MY THOUGHTS EXACTLY
  4. I've started with much skinnier scobys though, I think it look fine.
  5. Megmac, if you had a high-powered telescope you'd probably be quite pleased with your little guys growth!
  6. I don't do many flavored bottles but lavender peach is a must!
  7. Oh, I guess I could explain my picture! Really I just love to make people look at the redic lady-onesie I'm wearing. I'm just showing using a siphon to fill swing top bottles and I'm doing Continuous Brew that way now by just removing a little but not having to tilt the heavy jar.
  8. When I explain to people what kombucha is and how the scoby works I liken it to yogurt (so mainstream!). I say that yogurt is made by certain strains of bacteria that eat the sugar in the milk and produce a byproduct that makes it taste tart. Then I say that kombucha uses a different bacteria (scoby) to eat the sugar out of sweet tea (also so mainstream, ESP in Texas) and leaves a tart byproduct. Anyone can understand that and get past the ick factor. It is amazing to me how many people don't realize that beer is fermented with yeast also- and that we have facilitated bacterial/yeast cultures for all sorts of foods and drink (uh, cheese? Sourdough? Pickles?)
  9. Michele I think I have the first tapatalk that was available to us. No compass pointing Northeast. I just have reply, quote, edit and share. I may have to look into tapatalk 2. Xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx. Oh, I see. Tapatalk 2 is $3.99 in the App Store, but I think it's worth it as much as I'm on here.
  10. Oh yes meg. I know what you mean. I always grab my old lady reading glasses before opening tapatalk. Do you use tapatalk? Makes the site very phone friendly. You can't "like" posts from it though. Or edit a post. Xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx You can "like" a post from tapatalk (well, I have tapatalk 2) by clicking on the post to bring up the toolbar at bottom and then click on the icon that looks like a compass pointing northeast. That opens tapatalk in what it looks like on your phones browser and then you can like and click back to get back to the forum. The editing is (I hope) a temporary glitch.
  11. You may try green or oolong (unflavored) both of which have less caffeine than black- then if you do your pre-steeping you should get it down to an acceptable level.
  12. Susan, just go ahead and rename this thread "Booch Porn"
  13. Just to add something about boiling the tap water- make sure to do that for 15 min with no lid so the chlorine can off-gas. So if you need a gallon, start with more to allow for evaporation. I have made many brews this way. Now I use a filter on my sink.
  14. Maybe if they were finely grated. I would probably add raisins or honey too. But maybe they are fine on their own because beet kvass ferments with only beets salt and whey. How's that for an answer that's not an answer :/
  15. Yes that's correct Nadia- though I have heard that Jasmine Green tea is suitable for brewing. I took a tulsi rose fleabag from her and dropped it in a quart of booch in the fridge last night and this morning it already has the flavor. If you want your herb tea flavored to do a second fermentation for carbonation just add a little honey or sugar and leave them out like you would for fruits.
  16. Nadia- I love using herbal teas to flavor. Had dinner at a girlfriends last night and sampled 3 of hers- all herbal. One was tulsi rose tea (my favorite, tulsi is an African chill-out, happy times herb), one was a bag of tea called "skin detox" also with rose and other stuff, and the other was coriander and hibiscus (which I was trepidatious with due to AIP. All delicious. I love the color of hibiscus and the flavor of rose is always welcome.
  17. I have 3 of the gallon jars from Walmart and they were $10- my 2 1/2 gal also came from there and I think it was $20
  18. Tie the cloth on bc flies can get in. I've lost one to maggots. Gross. I've used twine and ribbon both.
  19. If you can't see anything developing you can taste a little- it should taste much less like sweet tea- if it still tastes like sweet tea you could try agitating it, warming the vessel in a sink of warm water or adding a bottle of plain from the store.
  20. Mo, goat doesn't do the job? Sorry We sold that goat! A single goat is a lonely goat is a destructive and needy, whiney, crying goat. She had attached herself to my husband so much so that he had to stay in the yard morning to night. We had read this about goats but didn't believe it until we saw it for ourselves. When we move to our land we can have a whole herd of goats.
  21. 1 1/2 gallons- pot of hot water, dissolve 1 1/2 cup of sugar (or little less), then steep 9 tea bags. I make this the night before and leave it on the stove to cool to room temp (take out tea bags after a while). In the morning add to scoby jar and fill the rest with room temp water.