pjena

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    pjena reacted to Physibeth in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    I got my 1 gallon jar at Target. It wasn't that expensive. I almost got wooed by a spigot jar that was twice the cost, but I'm not ready for continuous brew yet (or regular brew yet as my kitchen keeps exploding keeping me from getting it more clean to have a place to put my brew). Someone beat me with a wet zoodle if I don't get this set up by the end of the weekend.
    As far bottles for your finished product I've just been saving the bottles from the booch I've been buying. Helps me justify the cost of the pre-brewed when I remember the glass bottles will get lots of use. (assuming I ever get it done)
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    pjena got a reaction from praxisproject 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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    pjena got a reaction from Susan W 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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    pjena got a reaction from Susan W in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    I hope I someday have so many scobys that I don't know what to do with them.
    Do you have a scoby hotel already?
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    pjena reacted to Susan W in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    So..it takes longer for the process when you use a baby than it does a mama correct? That part confuses me. I lost my mama and baby to a true blue mold. I think having one or two in the hotel is so key. I have only done CB, but now I am growing 2 SCOBYs from scratch. I may do one CB and one batch brew. Seriously obsessed.
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    pjena reacted to Susan W in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    SCOBY hotels are awesome!
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    pjena got a reaction from kb0426 in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    I hope I someday have so many scobys that I don't know what to do with them.
    Do you have a scoby hotel already?
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    pjena got a reaction from kb0426 in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Has anyone read Pollan's Cooked? He fermeted and exploded red grapes in his parent's living room when he was a kid! That would be bad! One site I read suggested putting the bottles in a cooler for the 2nd ferment, just in case. Not a bad idea.
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    pjena reacted to missmary in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    I've done it by getting fresh ginger juice from the juice bar at the co-op but sometimes I cheat a little bit (don't tell the whole30 police!) and use prepackaged ginger/lemon/honey stuff (ginger soother from ginger people). One small bottle split evenly over about 2 gallons of kombucha. Add in whatever berries. Close it up tight and leave it on the counter for up to a week before refrigerating. I used to do 48-hours for second ferment, but it really does get better around day 5 or so. From what I'm told, less air (fill to tippy top), more time, and more sugar during second ferment means bubbles might be possible? I never seem to get bubbles.
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    pjena reacted to kb0426 in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Hi!
    Susan had a wonderful idea of having one place where it is all things related to making/brewing Kombucha could be asked and answered. There are several of us that are newbies at this (me) and some real pros out there (Susan, Miss Mary, Nadia...) and thought that one place to keep all things related to making your own kombucha would be helpful for others embarking on this journey.
    I have begun the process of making my own SCOBY (symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast) and if this is an epic failure, will end up getting SCOBY locally. I have heard Craig's List is a great source for people giving away free SCOBY to a good home! My potential source is one from Miss Mary!
    I am reading up on the process to actually make the kombucha. Just like when I made my own sauerkraut for the first time, I am a little intimidated! This isn't something my mother taught me how to do growing up!
    We will all learn together!