SaraG

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    SaraG got a reaction from kb0426 in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Day three after bottling. It tastes legit! One thing that has helped is having some commercial kombucha on hand. I can compare mine. When I was testing from the gallon jar I thought it was vinegar. But compared to GT I could taste the sweet.

    This is the next batch. Now that this helicopter parent has some bottles I'm content to leave the big one alone.

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    SaraG got a reaction from Lizzard77 in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    I burped mine twice the first day--taking no chances. I tried to leave them alone today so they could possibly just maybe develop some fizz. I don't have super high hopes for this batch--too much attention!
    I haven't taken pictures of mine yet but I did google scoby pictures with which to compare mine.
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    SaraG got a reaction from Nadia B 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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    SaraG got a reaction from Nadia B 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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    SaraG reacted to Nadia B in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Yes, white tea works, but some of green tea has to be added to be safe. I would brew a standard recipe for the first time and figure out the details of the process first. It is a matter of personal preferences too I think. Black tea gives bold flavor and I love it plain. It gives interesting results with flavoring, but I find that it takes bold flavors best. My fav were strawberry, apricot and cherry. It flavors with teas good too. Green gives grassy flavor. I don't like it plain, but maybe it depends on the quality of tea. I had non fancy teabags. Ginger and mint were the best pair. White tea (with a tad of green) was super light and took all the fruit flavors well. Now I am brewing hibiscus/black and green/white.
    Sophie, she is sooo pretty. Ah my ugly monsters want to be like her.
    Derval, so exciting! I have ordered water kefir grains and want to play with it. Restless crowd, always keeping busy with food projects.