Derval

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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.
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    Derval reacted to Susan W in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Derval brown stuff is to be expected. The goo is the yeast and brown is tannin from the tea. Dont clean it off like I did. Love that Lily is so involved. Do they do Show and Tell at her school? Some kids bring turtles..Lily can bring a SCOBY.
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    Derval reacted to Nadia B in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Uahaha bring scoby to school! Your scoby is gigantic and perfectly normal, D! Wow. Soon you'll just have to order flavors with the pro like Lily. Alex is grossed out, eh? 
     
    Beet root powder looked purple and smelled exactly like beets. It was on the shelf with herbs. I will go there and buy a little bit. 
     
    I guess I'll have to mill my hibiscus. 
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    Derval reacted to percypat in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Argh, Derval, Lily's labels made me squeal.  And she's so tough!  Definitely telling DH that he needs to grow a pair and touch it.  
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    Derval got a reaction from percypat in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    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
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    Derval got a reaction from kb0426 in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    My new bottles (and my brewing assistant busy sampling)
     

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    Derval got a reaction from kb0426 in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    My new bottles (and my brewing assistant busy sampling)
     

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    Derval got a reaction from kb0426 in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    My new bottles (and my brewing assistant busy sampling)
     

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    Derval got a reaction from kb0426 in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    My new bottles (and my brewing assistant busy sampling)
     

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    Derval got a reaction from kb0426 in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    My new bottles (and my brewing assistant busy sampling)
     

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    Derval got a reaction from megmac in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    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
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    Derval got a reaction from percypat in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Start hanging out with some Germans
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    Derval got a reaction from percypat in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    I never knew
      —a SCOBY (Symbiotic Colony of Bacteria and Yeast)   I shall using it's full name from now on
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    Derval reacted to Susan W in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    I couldnt resist trying my hibiscus and dried ginger that KK sent me so I took a plain bottle from the fridge and put 1/2 tsp of each. Oh my..hibiscus is amazing. Also..maybe because of third ferment overnight, fizzy like Mt. St Helens. The color after just 24 hours is amazing.

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    Derval reacted to Nadia B in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    I don't think you can damage it by tearing at all. It will grow and morph.
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    Derval reacted to percypat in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Yay, megmac!  Photo of Scooby set up please!
     
    Tonight is a good night:
     

     
    Just a little tingle of fizz, nothing crazy.  Raspberry-vanilla very tasty.  Even hubby said "hmm, not bad" after a sip.
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    Derval reacted to megmac in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    FINALLY!  Scooby food is made and on a shelf in the playroom.  No problem with warm, since I'm in FL.  Let the countdown begin!
     
    I will let you know if Earl Grey is a go or not.
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    Derval got a reaction from Nadia B in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    I want my V.P of patience crown NOW!!!!
     
    :lol:
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    Derval got a reaction from Nadia B in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    I want my V.P of patience crown NOW!!!!
     
    :lol:
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    Derval got a reaction from Nadia B in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    I want my V.P of patience crown NOW!!!!
     
    :lol:
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    Derval got a reaction from Nadia B in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    I want my V.P of patience crown NOW!!!!
     
    :lol:
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    Derval got a reaction from Susan W in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    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.
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    Derval reacted to Susan W in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Derval I saw something similar at my neighborhood store last night but the flavors weren't something I wanted. Apple cinnamon and some other. Going to look more carefully today.
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    Derval reacted to Susan W in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Thar she blows!! It even sprayed my arm.