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Everything posted by Derval

  1. Big project under way, have removed monster scoby, going to clean it up & start again - it is positively mucky & gross looking....will clear all the gunk off with prev boiled water and make fresh tea. It has got super sour & dark recently - I think the switch to black tea wasn't such a good idea. I will see how it goes for a few more weeks but kind of sick of the "project" now.
  2. Yes you could do that, good idea. I often have a gap of several hours while my tea cools (I only have 1 large jug!) between taking out my booch & replenishing it.
  3. I take out 1.5L (2 bottles) every 2nd day & top up with the same or sometimes 2 litres. Tbh I am getting a bit sick of it now....but am married to the thing! My scoby is massive now - the full size of the container - 12 inches? and almost an inch thick. I gave a portion of it away & it grey back pretty fast. I am considering removing the 2 smaller pieces of the original scoby now....before it gets too unwieldy. Lovely container Vian!
  4. Annabel...I didn't eh was I supposed to? But white vinegar is just malt vinegar you'd put on chips - like this
  5. I read about grabbing a handful of scoby and using it as a body treatment, you just rub it all over.. Shexy......percypats husband would just love that!
  6. Bottles to put it in when brewed and a decent sized (2L) measuring jug.
  7. annabel, I got a small continuous brew kit from
  8. I gave away a piece of scoby for the first time today, was a bit odd having to tear a bit off my dinner plate one - it was quite tough and I couldn't use a scissors of knife ecause of the metal. Hope it recovers quickly from my tampering!
  9. yes you can brew with it, supposedly makes a lovely floral brew. The ginger bottle I made turned out great - just a smidge of grated ginger is enough, maybe half a tsp. I made another bottle of that todayy but added some bits of lemon flesh too. I have a bottle ferementing with raisins in it - looks funny - I bet the booch engorged raisins are going to taste amazing even if it dooesn't flavour the batch much. Speeaking of fermented goodies a FB friend hooked my up with a Korean lady who makes her own kim chee, meeting her tomorrow to get some.
  10. You're all fierce fancy! 2 more bottles put awat for 2nd ferment today Lables by Lily and this is the baby (being held by my baby) - looks pretty good, except for what's the mucky looking stuff on the underside? Should I be concerned? percypat, you'll have to tell your dh that he can't have a 6yr old girl being tougher than him
  11. What about raisins? maybe it would taste like that yummy desert wine (that I can't rem the name of)
  12. My new bottles (and my brewing assistant busy sampling)
  13. Speaking of Grolsh bottles, I nabbed a microbrewery beer bottle off someone at the party, it's like a brown glass Grolsch My friend is coming over today with a dozen clear glass 750ml lemonade bottles with swing tops for me
  14. I never knew —a SCOBY (Symbiotic Colony of Bacteria and Yeast) I shall using it's full name from now on
  15. Nadia & Susan - the issue is that mine is huge (in diameter), can I tear a piece off ?
  16. Ah I was going to ask was I ready to start adopting out mine - the "film" on top of my bucket is now about the same thickness as your KB. So obv because mine is in a big ol bucket the baby is bigger than if it had grown in a jar. So how do I give pieces away? Tear it? (urghhh) I can't use a scissors on it (metal!)
  17. yeah frozen fruit cordial comes out icey/grainy so I can see how the booch would do the same. I drew off another litre this morning to bring to a bbq I'm going to tomorrow. Just tasted the mango (baby food) flavoured one - fab, slight metallic taste? but yummy nonetheless.
  18. It's 4 litres, so I could take off 3L and then wait 3 days or take off 1L and wait 24-36hrs, much of a muchness really. yeah the kids like it, husband hasn't/won't try it. There's a good strong looking film over the top now... this quote not working malarky is bloody annoying.
  19. Ok I will wait another 24hrs and then try, I did squish em, individually as I popped them in. Good point about possiblity of having a batch brew too, though god knows where I'd put it. Supposedly in time you can draw off more than 1 litre at a time..1 litre doesn't last long her between me & the two kids.
  20. Maybe pink was an understatement, still can't taste the berries though.... I took out another litre and did 500ml each of pear & mango using the purees. I'm having trouble with patience...waiting for +24hrs after topping up the CB, waiting 2 days for 2nd ferment....Too much waiting!! excuse the mess, as you can tell the house-cleaning part of my w30 has not panned out. but ha ha check out the black bannas in bowl, cos I'm not eating them!