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    LadyM got a reaction from kb0426 in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Hi gang! I've hopped on the bandwagon and am attempting to grow a SCOBY in my pantry from a bottle of regular GT's and a cup of sweetened black tea. I feel like a kid again doing a science experiment. So fun!
    Though when I was in the fifth grade I never imagined I could have partners in crime from all over the world via the magic of the intarwebs. . . . Love. It.
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    LadyM got a reaction from Nadia B in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Carlaccini, I've done this a couple times and what worked for me was to feed the SCOBY a lot of tea to which I'd added more sugar than usual, so it needed more time to ferment. Then I bottled when I got home.
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    LadyM got a reaction from kb0426 in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    OOh, just cracked open a bottle of ginger-cardamom-apricot. So pretty! So delicious!
     
    These both were from my second second ferment attempt. Grating the ginger made a big difference in flavor (I'd just thrown in a hunk of fresh ginger in the first second ferments, and that did little to flavor them.)
     
    I need to bottle my third batch today but I'm out of bottles! Will it work for me to use wider mouthed jars, or will that kill all the fizz? Any experience with this?
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    LadyM got a reaction from Lizzard77 in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Just wanted to pop in and say hey, y'all. I have more booch than I know what to do with at the moment. My most winning flavor so far is cucumber mint lemongrass kumquat. Incredibly refreshing, subtle, and not oversweet. I feel so fancy!
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    LadyM got a reaction from Nadia B 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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    LadyM got a reaction from Nadia B 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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    LadyM got a reaction from Nadia B 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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    LadyM got a reaction from percypat in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Hey, y'all. Sorry I've been silent on this thread. It's hard to keep up with all the activity!
     
    Update: my homegrown SCOBY utterly failed. Guess I started with a bad bottle of GT. So I ordered one online and it's been going like gangbusters! I did my first bottling and second ferments over the weekend and drank my first bottle yesterday: strawberry vanilla lime. Mighty tasty but none too fizzy. It seems the sugar is the thing for fizz, right? Should I add a bit of sugar or honey to the second ferment or add more sugar to the first? Or bottle the second ferment sooner? Any of the above?
     
    Today I'll drink a blueberry ginger. Next bottling I'm trying apricot cardamom and cherry lime. We'll see what else I can come up with. I'm excited to taste my raspberry mint lime one, too. These suckers, especially once I figure out the fizz sitch, are better than cocktails!
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    LadyM got a reaction from percypat in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Hey, y'all. Sorry I've been silent on this thread. It's hard to keep up with all the activity!
     
    Update: my homegrown SCOBY utterly failed. Guess I started with a bad bottle of GT. So I ordered one online and it's been going like gangbusters! I did my first bottling and second ferments over the weekend and drank my first bottle yesterday: strawberry vanilla lime. Mighty tasty but none too fizzy. It seems the sugar is the thing for fizz, right? Should I add a bit of sugar or honey to the second ferment or add more sugar to the first? Or bottle the second ferment sooner? Any of the above?
     
    Today I'll drink a blueberry ginger. Next bottling I'm trying apricot cardamom and cherry lime. We'll see what else I can come up with. I'm excited to taste my raspberry mint lime one, too. These suckers, especially once I figure out the fizz sitch, are better than cocktails!
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    LadyM got a reaction from kb0426 in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Hi gang! I've hopped on the bandwagon and am attempting to grow a SCOBY in my pantry from a bottle of regular GT's and a cup of sweetened black tea. I feel like a kid again doing a science experiment. So fun!
    Though when I was in the fifth grade I never imagined I could have partners in crime from all over the world via the magic of the intarwebs. . . . Love. It.
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    LadyM got a reaction from kb0426 in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Hi gang! I've hopped on the bandwagon and am attempting to grow a SCOBY in my pantry from a bottle of regular GT's and a cup of sweetened black tea. I feel like a kid again doing a science experiment. So fun!
    Though when I was in the fifth grade I never imagined I could have partners in crime from all over the world via the magic of the intarwebs. . . . Love. It.
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    LadyM got a reaction from Megan in Changes in Menstrual Cycle   
    My period was five days late with my Whole30, and I've never ever ever ever in the 25 years I've been menstruating been late. Not through chemo, marathon training, nothing.