Derval

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    Derval reacted to Susan W in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    So I drew off another bottle this morning, 36 hrs approx, after it's top up. I squashed some fresh blueberries in first and I'm leaving it in the dark cupboard for 24 hrs - is that long enough for 2nd ferment/flavouring?
    I am using 3 tea bags + 100g sugar (approx half cup according to conversion) for each litre (34fl oz) of top up tea for my CB.
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    Derval, I do 1.5 litre tea 3-4 tea bags and 100g sugar so yours sounds close enough to call it Pete (old family saying..Uncle Pete was always right ).
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    Derval got a reaction from Moluv in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Nope, I got the cheaper version without. The only heat it gets is being near my hotness, ha ha.
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    Derval got a reaction from Nadia B in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    I had a glass of mine this morning, out the garden, in a crystal glass. If the neighours saw me they must have thought I was one of those moms.
     

     
    Not as sparkling as when I bottled it why is that? I left it overnight in dark and then put in fridge this morning. Maybe it was so bubby because it had just been transferred. Still pleasantly effervescent & a lovely flavour.
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    Derval got a reaction from Nadia B in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    I had a glass of mine this morning, out the garden, in a crystal glass. If the neighours saw me they must have thought I was one of those moms.
     

     
    Not as sparkling as when I bottled it why is that? I left it overnight in dark and then put in fridge this morning. Maybe it was so bubby because it had just been transferred. Still pleasantly effervescent & a lovely flavour.
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    Derval reacted to megmac in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    I must admit that I'm struggling with the grossout factor.  As someone who suffered a lifetime of yeast infections (until my first W30!) I am working past the irony of growing this stuff on purpose.
     

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    Derval reacted to Lizzard77 in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Lolz Derval!!!  I love to drink my booch out of my wine glasses too, sitting on the front porch, the neighbors must think I'm a lush.
     
    My baby mama Hazel is actually floating under her babies as she was grown in a much smaller container than the ones I use.  I have 2, 2 gallon containers each holding just over a gallon of booch.  They are on continuous rotation so I can bottle every week getting about 12-14 16 oz bottles.  I keep meaning to buy some pretty blue ones but I I have so many GT's and Grolsch bottles I can't justify it!
     
    I haven't really figured out the picture thing yet but when I do I will post some.  I am so glad to have found this thread, I find booch talk titillating (and no one else I know will drink it, much less talk about it)!
     
    Just a quick poll, Batch or CB or both?  Trying to decide if I should invest in a CB container
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    Derval got a reaction from Nadia B in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    I had a glass of mine this morning, out the garden, in a crystal glass. If the neighours saw me they must have thought I was one of those moms.
     

     
    Not as sparkling as when I bottled it why is that? I left it overnight in dark and then put in fridge this morning. Maybe it was so bubby because it had just been transferred. Still pleasantly effervescent & a lovely flavour.
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    Derval got a reaction from percypat in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    I asked my company & they told me to use boiled tap water, that the scoby might not like the stuff in mineral water. Is mineral water & distilled water the same thing?
     
    Picture time!
     
    Lily loved opening the tap
     

     
    I opened it to top it up again (I used slightly less sugar in the top up tea) to replace the drawn off litre and here's how it looked.
    I think the film on the top is the beginnings of a new baby, yeah?  And the 2 darker semi-circles you can just see underneath are my orginals.
     

     
    The brew is already pleasantly sparkling, as you can see. I have put this in the press (cupboard) overnight, will burp it in the morning & then put in fridge tomorrow night, does that sound right?
     

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    Derval reacted to percypat in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Derval, the FIZZ!!!  And that's without a second ferment?  You lucky lady.  If mine doesn't fizz, I'm trying your recipe next time.
     
    KB, that's awesome news.  You must have a shy little late bloomer who is finally blossoming and will accomplish awesome things.  (Tell it I said that.  Late bloomers need lots of encouragement).
     
    Love the herbal tea flavouring.  So many things to try.  Come ooooon Frankie.
     
    Also, Frank has turned himself into a taco.  Really, he's folded himself in half, but pointing up not down.  He's so busy.  I hope he's not distracting himself with acrobatics when there is kombucha making to be done.
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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 got a reaction from percypat in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    I asked my company & they told me to use boiled tap water, that the scoby might not like the stuff in mineral water. Is mineral water & distilled water the same thing?
     
    Picture time!
     
    Lily loved opening the tap
     

     
    I opened it to top it up again (I used slightly less sugar in the top up tea) to replace the drawn off litre and here's how it looked.
    I think the film on the top is the beginnings of a new baby, yeah?  And the 2 darker semi-circles you can just see underneath are my orginals.
     

     
    The brew is already pleasantly sparkling, as you can see. I have put this in the press (cupboard) overnight, will burp it in the morning & then put in fridge tomorrow night, does that sound right?
     

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    Derval reacted to Lizzard77 in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Derval, as far as I have found there is really nothing to avoid in the 2F, it's just the first so as not to damage your SCOBY.  I've put cayenne peppers in (whoa buddy), candied tamarind......
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    Derval got a reaction from Lizzard77 in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
     
    Omg the quote box is back!! Hurray!
    eta - boo it's not, only shows in the reply box.
     
    I have a huge selection of fruit & herbal teas - good to know I can pop one in once it's bottled. Anything one should avoid or does it not matter once it's had it's first ferment?
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    Derval reacted to Susan W in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Derval, it does look fizzy already. I think you can stick it in the fridge anytime. No need for second ferment.
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    Derval got a reaction from kb0426 in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    I have drawn off my first bottle, the excitement! Will post pics later.
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    Derval got a reaction from kb0426 in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    I have drawn off my first bottle, the excitement! Will post pics later.
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    Derval got a reaction from Moluv in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Nope, I got the cheaper version without. The only heat it gets is being near my hotness, ha ha.
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    Derval got a reaction from soleskye in The crazy things people say   
    "Oh , I couldn't give up x, y, z"
    Well, d'uh you could, you just don't want to.
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    Derval reacted to kb0426 in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Lily is a beauty like her mama!
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    Derval got a reaction from Nadia B in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Picture as per request,
     
    my two beauties
     

     
    and Komcucha progress day 6
     

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    Derval got a reaction from Nadia B in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Picture as per request,
     
    my two beauties
     

     
    and Komcucha progress day 6
     

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    Derval reacted to Susan W in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Omg..she is so cute. Nice looking boochy booch too.
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    Derval reacted to Nadia B in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Lily      
     
    Have you tasted the booch yet? 
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    Derval got a reaction from Nadia B in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Picture as per request,
     
    my two beauties
     

     
    and Komcucha progress day 6
     

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    Derval got a reaction from percypat in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Lily & a scoby, I will try!  I'll have to wait till it floats back to the surface though.