percypat

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    percypat got a reaction from anniejean83 in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Ha ha, who will be the first to report an explosion?
    I was thinking along the same lines KB ... Now to figure out where that is, not very evident chez moi. I wonder if the landlord will let me dig a kombucha bunker in the garden?
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    percypat got a reaction from SweetEnough in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
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    Might be sooner than you think.  Look what Frank just did:
     

     
    He was lying on the bottom of the jar before, now he's suddenly decided to lean up against the side!
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    percypat got a reaction from SweetEnough in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    It will happen KB and LadyM, there is something going on at least, isn't there?  Something a bit scummy looking?
     
    I just found the prettiest SCOBY ever on reddit.  Apparently this is what happens when you use green tea and hibiscus tea to brew ...
     
    http://imgur.com/a/lPBAx?gallery#ReblCOu
     
    I think my SCOBY would probably try to jump its bones if it saw it.
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    percypat got a reaction from cjlantier in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    I grew my SCOBY from a 325 ml store bought bottle of Mojo kombucha.  You said your kombucha was homemade by a lady at the markets, right?  If so, I imagine that would work!
     
    You should do it!  (Says the girl who hasn't even tasted her first batch yet!)  Will give you control over the sweetness and it's just really fun.  Even if I hate mine I will have no regrets as the process has been so fascinating.
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    percypat got a reaction from ready4chg in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Awesome idea! Plus one for the n00bs right here ... Three weeks ago I didn't know what kombucha was, and now I (hopefully) have a pet SCOBY growing in my kitchen. Either that or I am farming mould.
    Apparently getting into this makes you crazy so it'll be nice to have a place for us loonies to hang out together
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    percypat got a reaction from Frankiekex in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Oh no no no! That was so not the intention! I guess sometimes the forums feel a bit US-centric, so when a few of us metric-users come long we get a bit overexcited and cocky. Taking off my big britches right now
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    percypat got a reaction from ready4chg in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Awesome idea! Plus one for the n00bs right here ... Three weeks ago I didn't know what kombucha was, and now I (hopefully) have a pet SCOBY growing in my kitchen. Either that or I am farming mould.
    Apparently getting into this makes you crazy so it'll be nice to have a place for us loonies to hang out together
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    percypat got a reaction from ready4chg in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Awesome idea! Plus one for the n00bs right here ... Three weeks ago I didn't know what kombucha was, and now I (hopefully) have a pet SCOBY growing in my kitchen. Either that or I am farming mould.
    Apparently getting into this makes you crazy so it'll be nice to have a place for us loonies to hang out together
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    percypat got a reaction from amberino21 in Sourcing food in Australia   
     
    I think they're still different, plantains are more angular whereas the green bananas I've seen are still rounded ...  But I think they would stand in ok.  I'll try them sometime, trying to keep my starch/fruit consumption lower at the moment
     
    For pork products I think talking to a butcher would be the way to go ...  They might have cured products with fewer additives.  I never got around to doing that because I'm lazy!
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    percypat got a reaction from Physibeth in You know someone is doing a Whole30 when...   
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    I wasn't doing this but I'm going to start!
     
    Before I started buying all my veggies at the market, I would strut through the supermarket and was that person who would stand smugly in line at the checkout, glorying in having the healthiest trolley there.
     
    Now I slink through trying not to catch anyone's eye because my trolley usually has meat, meat, more meat, some butter for turning into ghee, sugar and tea for kombucha, if I'm extra lucky a pack of tampons, oh, and did I mention the meat?  Not a green thing in sight.  Everyone is looking at my trolley doing the "wtf mate" raised eyebrow.
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    percypat 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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    percypat got a reaction from megmac in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Yay meg!  Before you know it, you'll have baby scoobies taking over your kitchen.
     
    Haven't posted a pic in a while, here is tonight's work:
     

     
    1 batch white, 1 batch green.  Now I have to drink it like mad to free up a few bottles for the big jar full of black!
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    percypat got a reaction from Physibeth in You know someone is doing a Whole30 when...   
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    I wasn't doing this but I'm going to start!
     
    Before I started buying all my veggies at the market, I would strut through the supermarket and was that person who would stand smugly in line at the checkout, glorying in having the healthiest trolley there.
     
    Now I slink through trying not to catch anyone's eye because my trolley usually has meat, meat, more meat, some butter for turning into ghee, sugar and tea for kombucha, if I'm extra lucky a pack of tampons, oh, and did I mention the meat?  Not a green thing in sight.  Everyone is looking at my trolley doing the "wtf mate" raised eyebrow.
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    percypat got a reaction from Carlaccini in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    That sounds normal to me Carlaccini!  The scoby is the white thing on the surface and the fuzzy stuff at the bottom is yeast growth.
     
    Welcome to the rabbit hole  Brewing booch makes you crazy but it's so much fun
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    percypat got a reaction from Nadia B in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Tried my first bottle of white tea kombucha yesterday and LOVED it.  Hubby too.  More than black tea booch.  Switching white tea to the big jar once we've vacated the black batch which is currently in there.  
     
    SO nice for fruit flavours.  Excited about opening next bottle (in about half an hour )
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    percypat got a reaction from Lizzard77 in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
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    It hasn't happened to me and I am pretty sure I would like it.  Maybe I need to start letting my first ferment go longer ... 
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    percypat got a reaction from Derval 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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    percypat got a reaction from Derval 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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    percypat reacted to SaraG in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Hi all! I just bottled my first batch. Six pretty brews having a second ferment. It's hot here in Texas so I tested at five days and it wasn't ready. I waited and tried again at seven and it tasted like vinegar. Minor panic. But after reading up I decided to go forward with the second part. I poured a glass and that did not taste like vinegar, I could taste some sweet. So I think it's all going to be okay. I don't have a finished bottle yet but this is much easier to do than it sounds. Thanks for all the good information and the flavor ideas!
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    percypat got a reaction from Physibeth in You know someone is doing a Whole30 when...   
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    I wasn't doing this but I'm going to start!
     
    Before I started buying all my veggies at the market, I would strut through the supermarket and was that person who would stand smugly in line at the checkout, glorying in having the healthiest trolley there.
     
    Now I slink through trying not to catch anyone's eye because my trolley usually has meat, meat, more meat, some butter for turning into ghee, sugar and tea for kombucha, if I'm extra lucky a pack of tampons, oh, and did I mention the meat?  Not a green thing in sight.  Everyone is looking at my trolley doing the "wtf mate" raised eyebrow.
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    percypat got a reaction from Nadia B in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Welcome to the fold of neurotic, crazy booch brewers Annabel!
     
    I'm fairly new to it myself, but I have discovered that it really is a lesson in patience.  It's not hard to do, there's just a lot of waiting (especially when you're waiting for that first brew to HURRY UP).
     
    If you can get a SCOBY it will speed up the process.  The other option is to grow your own one from a bottle of store bought booch.
     
    As for my brewing container, I found a 6 litre jar at a store at my local shopping centre.  So I batch brew.  The continuous brew option looks pretty nifty though, less fiddly too.
     
    Good luck  It's HEAPS of fun.
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    percypat got a reaction from Nadia B in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Hi Vian!  I made a pure white tea batch and it seems to have worked out ok.  I've bottled it and am waiting another day or so for it to carbonate so I'll report back when we try the finished product.
     
    The concern is that there isn't enough caffeine in white tea.  You could always add a couple of green or black tea bags to the mix to boost it.
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    percypat got a reaction from Nadia B in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Here is the Patrick family.
     
    Black tea, green tea, white tea and of course Frank, who it all started with.
     

     
    Bottled some white tonight: one white cherry, one blackberry and one blueberry.  Rest of the booch from that brew got used as starter for another white batch and the batch of green.  I keep reading green tea is good for bubbles.  I doubt we'll keep all three types going.  We'll just figure out what we like best and then go to two batches a week - one for mid week bottling and one for the weekend.
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    percypat got a reaction from Nadia B in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Nadia, you can make yoghurt with dairy free probiotic capsules.  I've done that with coconut milk, though I did add tapioca starch and agar agar to thicken it up.  I know you do it with coconut meat so you wouldn't have to.
     
    megmac, I think the most important thing is to keep it out of direct sunlight.  I haven't kept mine in the dark and they're growing like the clappers now.  But it's definitely worth a try, KB's is thundering along too, so I'd try what she says.
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    percypat reacted to Nadia B in You know someone is doing a Whole30 when...   
    I play food, food, nonfood instead. I giggled at your post, funny when you discover you are not alone.