Derval

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    Derval got a reaction from megmac in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Grolsch, yes they are lovely bottles.

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    Derval reacted to Moluv in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Just thought I'd share a pic of my 2 1/2 gallon SCOBY and brew, Denver, started by a dear friend and jazz musician several years ago from a bottle of GT's. He passed it along to me when he moved to Denver to pursue his music. I have passed out many babies from this one.
    To make 2 1/2 gallons I use 15 bags of organic oolong tea, 2 1/2 cups organic sugar. I bottle in Grolsh bottles, usually unflavored, but leave it out for a day or two to get fizzy before storing in the fridge. I always brew my sweet tea the night before I bottle so as soon as I bottle I can dump in room temp tea and start it fermenting right away.
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    Derval got a reaction from kb0426 in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    "Lily Kitty", love it, like little kitty! It's so friggin' cute eh?
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    Derval got a reaction from kb0426 in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    She's all set up
    I have it at the end of the sofa to keep it out of light...and on top of my dumbell box so I can fit my jug under the tap.

    I used organic green tea & organic sugar => organic kombucha
    I was thinking, would baby food fruit purees be an easy way to flavour it?
    Something like these would be very easy to squirt in to the bottle.
    http://www.plumorganics.com/products
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    Derval got a reaction from Nadia B in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    She's all set up
    I have it at the end of the sofa to keep it out of light...and on top of my dumbell box so I can fit my jug under the tap.

    I used organic green tea & organic sugar => organic kombucha
    I was thinking, would baby food fruit purees be an easy way to flavour it?
    Something like these would be very easy to squirt in to the bottle.
    http://www.plumorganics.com/products
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    Derval got a reaction from Susan W in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Ah sorry Susan, sending you a gallon of hugs shweetie.
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    Derval reacted to Susan W in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Reporting on my two babies. Solid white and getting thicker by the minute. The one with the .5% alcohol content is more robust looking. I should have written the date I started them. I think the heat strip helps.
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    Derval reacted to Susan W in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Sokay..I was feeling a bit blindsided. Overly sensitive moment.
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    Derval got a reaction from Nadia B in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    My kit arrived. whooo hooo.
    Will get it started tomorrow!
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    Derval got a reaction from praxisproject in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Grolsch, yes they are lovely bottles.

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    Derval got a reaction from kb0426 in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Ah sorry Susan, sending you a gallon of hugs shweetie.
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    Derval got a reaction from praxisproject in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Wow what a stroke of luck! My friend is a manager of a charity shop and I was in with her this evening and asked her if she ever got in bottles. She was about to take home the dozen plus flip top lemonade bottles she had in the shop from customer evenings for recycling! But now they are my booch bottles!
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    Derval got a reaction from percypat in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Wow what a stroke of luck! My friend is a manager of a charity shop and I was in with her this evening and asked her if she ever got in bottles. She was about to take home the dozen plus flip top lemonade bottles she had in the shop from customer evenings for recycling! But now they are my booch bottles!
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    Derval got a reaction from Physibeth in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Wow what a stroke of luck! My friend is a manager of a charity shop and I was in with her this evening and asked her if she ever got in bottles. She was about to take home the dozen plus flip top lemonade bottles she had in the shop from customer evenings for recycling! But now they are my booch bottles!
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    Derval got a reaction from Nadia B in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Wow what a stroke of luck! My friend is a manager of a charity shop and I was in with her this evening and asked her if she ever got in bottles. She was about to take home the dozen plus flip top lemonade bottles she had in the shop from customer evenings for recycling! But now they are my booch bottles!
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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 praxisproject 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 praxisproject in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Can you re-use wine bottles with screw-top lids?
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    Derval 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!
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    Derval reacted to christartist in Don't over think this.   
    Last time, I 'fudged' the rules, because I trusted my husband to have read the book - he was supposed to be leading us in whole30 while I was trying to get a 45 day yeast cleanse program down! HA! I knew something was wrong when he didn't know what ghee was! ;-)
    Anyway - this time, 'I' read the book - and the FREEDOM!!!
    I know many folks are torn up about the 'rules' - but for me, with health issues, all related to inflammation, this book, this woe, is FREEDOM!
    And, after reading the book FOR MYSELF, I realize several of the food issues that I have had...ways that I have cheated(I was the queen of weight watchers cheating back in the day!), and that it is NOW time to get serious!
    I realize that I have been feeding myself poison...even in moderation! I HAVE BEEN POISONING MYSELF! I think it is a pretty sound rule "DO NOT TAKE POISON" Some poisons kill quickly, and some, a long drawn out way. I want to stop this crazy way, and the RULES are not shackles for me, but are like road signs for me to go the right direction!
    I'm 52 - over half way to 100. If I live to 100, I want to be healthy, fit, and sound of mind!
    Making these choices now will impact my then...and I hope that it is not too late!
    Thank you, Robin, for speaking out on the 'rules'!
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    Derval reacted to Renee Lee in Don't over think this.   
    WRONG E! BANNED!!!!!!!!!!!
    The Irish boyfriend just translated that for me
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    Derval reacted to Robin Strathdee in Don't over think this.   
    Welcome all newcomers, welcome back vets, and for those of you who never left...welcome to this post.
    I just wanted to pop in here and remind you all to take a deep breath before you dive into all the questions about what you can and can't have. The program guidelines are clear on what you can and can't have (grains, dairy, W30 muffins), but things get a little grey when people start talking about what you should and shouldn't have. Please don't over think think this. You don't have to address every food related issue you have, break every bad habit, and shun every food that gives you comfort to succeed with your Whole30. If you need to you can always extend or repeat the process, and things will get better each time you do. My advice to you is this:

    Stick to the rules like they are your port in a storm (really, they will become that).
    Take the Moderators responses seriously (we know what we're talking about).
    Take community members suggestions as advice from those who came before, but keep in mind they are not the rules and not the Mods. Everyone here is well-meaning, and everyone here wants to see you succeed, but everyone here is at a different place in this journey.
    And finally, take comfort in these words (from Melissa Hartwig, on another forum post):

    Here's the thing (and this is an interesting discussion)... there are Whole30 "rules," which are strict, clearly outlined, and very well defined. No grains - and here are all the things we consider grains. No dairy - and here are all the dairy items excluded. No Paleo-fied food choices, and here's what those look like.
    Then, there are Whole30 suggestions for success. They're not part of the official rules, but they're things that we've seen really help (or harm) people as they move through the program. Fruit smoothies for breakfast - not a good idea. Skipping breakfast - not a good idea. Eating every two hours, all day - not a good idea. These things won't necessarily affect your Whole30 results (although they might), but if we can give you additional suggestions that will make your transition and your program easier and more effective, we're going to give them to you.
    Keep Calm and Whole30 On.
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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 reacted to jhmomi in Post Whole30 Logs   
    Thanks Renee! On behalf of all the others with Post Whole30 Logs, we appreciate all the efforts to help us settle in our new home!
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    Derval got a reaction from jhmomi in Post Whole30 Logs   
    Oh phew, I thought you were going to give out to me about pictures of cake
    Good idea Renee!