Derval

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    Derval got a reaction from annabel in What A Serving of Eggs Looks Like   
    Can you build a pyramid with the eggs?
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    Derval got a reaction from FY8FLYER in Plan a Whole30 dream vacation   
    Surely Ireland, the home of Kerrygold and where (primarily) grass-fed beef is the norm.
    Sarah Fragoso's recent trip to Hawii sounded pretty awesome to me!
    Will get daydreaming on this...
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    Derval got a reaction from Fionnuala in Don't over think this.   
    and you need to know if you want to write Irish, we have a fada instead of an accent
    Is Renée cailín álainn
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    Derval got a reaction from annabel in What A Serving of Eggs Looks Like   
    Can you build a pyramid with the eggs?
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    Derval got a reaction from annabel in What A Serving of Eggs Looks Like   
    Can you build a pyramid with the eggs?
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    Derval got a reaction from annabel in What A Serving of Eggs Looks Like   
    Can you build a pyramid with the eggs?
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    Derval got a reaction from annabel in What A Serving of Eggs Looks Like   
    Can you build a pyramid with the eggs?
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    Derval reacted to Physibeth in What A Serving of Eggs Looks Like   
     

     
    Well you are allowed to have 2 servings of protein if you need it. This would be a question for the top dogs in all seriousness. I'd be scared I'd drop one of my very expensive pastured eggs trying to build a pyramid. And my floors are not really clean right now...and I would scoop it up and eat it anyway. 
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    Derval got a reaction from annabel in What A Serving of Eggs Looks Like   
    Can you build a pyramid with the eggs?
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    Derval got a reaction from annabel in What A Serving of Eggs Looks Like   
    Can you build a pyramid with the eggs?
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    Derval got a reaction from annabel in What A Serving of Eggs Looks Like   
    Can you build a pyramid with the eggs?
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    Derval got a reaction from Frankiekex in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    I'm with you nadia, us Europeans know how to measure
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    Derval got a reaction from Fionnuala in Don't over think this.   
    and you need to know if you want to write Irish, we have a fada instead of an accent
    Is Renée cailín álainn
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    Derval reacted to Vian in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    No, there is not. There is a bit of plastic on the outside that is painted with metallic paint, but the whole inside part that will touch the tea is plastic.
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    Derval reacted to Vian in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    I DID IT! I GREW A SCOBY! Even messing up and using a black tea with orange oil in it, this baby still grew in about 6 days! I'm going to let it thicken up a bit more before I move it into my big jar, but wow, I'm so excited! It literally appeared overnight. I checked on it yesterday and there was nothing but a little blob of something floating at one side, then today it's a beautiful milky film almost covering the whole top! I covered the jar with paper towel and put it in the top shelf of my kitchen cabinet to keep it dark and warm. YAY!
     

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    Derval reacted to megmac in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Holy cow...it's magnificent! I need to work on the flavoring a little, but I love it!
    Woohooooo!!!!!
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    Derval reacted to Carlaccini in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    I was so happy to discover my little scoby last night had completely covered over the top of my jar and is thickening up!  I think she's almost ready to go!  So excited.
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    Derval reacted to Cheryl J. in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    I've been wanting to brew kombucha for a while. I'm in!
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    Derval reacted to ScarsRMemories in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Uses and Storing extra SCOBYs: they are great for facials. Sounds gross but results are worth the ick factor. Take all or some of a scoby, mush up ( technical term) and schmear on your face. Let sit for 15-30+ mins, you'll feel it feeding on the bacteria on your skin. Rinse off and voila, smooth soft skin. They are great to add to garden, compost, or in food.
    Can store in liquid, just make sure they dont dry out, for months. And of course, passing them on is a great gift.
    When brewing: clean vessels and utensils with white vinegar, NO SOAP. Distilled water for tea and dilution. If youre using metal lids during second fermentation, placing a bit of wax paper under metal lid helps. I started brewing a few months ago and LOVE the tea and the process.
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    Derval reacted to percypat in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    SaraG, don't ever be shy when it comes to sharing photos of your booch.  Some of us (ie me) are nosey parkers and love pictures 
     
    I bottled tonight too!  Getting braver and filled the bottles right up this time.  
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    Derval reacted to annabel in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Percypat, I'm not good at the patience thing, so I suppose this will be good for me
     
    I've bought a scoby along with the continuous brewing set up. (Both together were about two-thirds of what a bottle of kombucha would have cost me)  And they're coming on Thursday  I feel like I'm waiting for Christmas.
     
    Thanks for the link Nadia, that's totally the sort of stuff I was looking for.
     
    We have a few dozen Grolsch bottles already as we brew our own beer and cider. (Our pub throws out the empty bottles...)
     
    I'll let you all know how I get on.
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    Derval reacted to kb0426 in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Good Sunday morning Booch brewers!
     
    Last night I had my watermelon/lime/mint:
     

     
    How do I describe this one?  It tasted nothing like any of the ingredients, but it was very good.  I have to say - this one really tasted like an alcoholic beverage of sorts!
     
    I bottled some more yesterday; I am still keeping it pretty simple.
     
    dried cherries/vanilla
    Black cherry (another concentrate)/vanilla
    Apricot/ginger (I should have added cardamom darn it!)
    and more gingerberry and trilogy.
     
    Seriously loving walking passed the booch in the store!
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    Derval reacted to Lizzard77 in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    was just invited to impromptu pool gathering where beer and pizza will be served.  They are all going to be so jealous when I waltz in with my mason jar full of iced Lavender Peach Kombucha.  People, you have to try this!  I just popped the top on it and my Mulberry Basil, both are flavors you must try next round, to DIE for!!!!!  I will not being feeling deprived at all this eve
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    Derval reacted to kb0426 in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    I took my vessel down from the cabinet this morning to add in my brewed tea.  I was able to peek inside!
     
    Nadia update - baby Susan SCOBY is growing nicely! 
     
    I peeked at my 2 bottles this morning, and decided to give them both a quick burping.  Oh yes, these are going to be fizzy!
     
    I am so psyched to NOT buy any $3.59 bottles of booch this weekend! 
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    Derval reacted to LadyM 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.