jent103

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    jent103 got a reaction from GFChris in The crazy things people say   
    If it were my mom, telling her "Don't worry - I'm still sinning, just in other ways" would definitely stop that conversation in its tracks.
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    jent103 got a reaction from GFChris in The crazy things people say   
    If it were my mom, telling her "Don't worry - I'm still sinning, just in other ways" would definitely stop that conversation in its tracks.
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    jent103 reacted to Alliath in The crazy things people say   
    Ready for another one? This is a conversation that I actually had at work today. I am still confused by it.
    Coworker: What are you having for dinner?
    Ali: Meatloaf.
    Coworker: How can you have meatloaf?
    Ali: ... because it is a loaf made of meat? Also veggies.
    Coworker: No, I mean... you can't have meatloaf without oats.
    Ali: I would hazard a guess that you can, since it is in fact called a meat loaf and not an oat loaf. (Oat loaf would be a great band name.)
    Coworker: Well... but you can't have ketchup.
    Ali: I can if there are no sugar and no additives.
    Coworker: Where did you possibly find ketchup without sugar?
    Ali: Oh, I made some.
    Coworker: YOU CAN'T MAKE KETCHUP.
    Ali: ... yes you can.
    Coworker: HOW?
    Ali: I found a recipe on the internet.
    Coworker: YOU CAN'T FIND A RECIPE FOR KETCHUP ON THE INTERNET.
    Ali: ... there you go again. This is a thing I have done. It occurred in the past. It has already happened.
    Her tone was seriously as though I had stated I found a recipe for the philosopher's stone on the internet. KETCHUP: ONE OF THE LOST WONDERS OF THE ANCIENT WORLD, you guys.
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    jent103 got a reaction from Physibeth in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    I just opened a bottle of hibiscus ginger and it spewed forth like a mighty geyser. I consider it a great personal triumph.
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    jent103 got a reaction from Physibeth in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    I just opened a bottle of hibiscus ginger and it spewed forth like a mighty geyser. I consider it a great personal triumph.
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    jent103 reacted to bodlon in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    So I have, over the past couple of days, read this entire thread.  I think I may be sold on the idea of making my own booch.
     
    Rather than re-hash the basics, I've got some questions for folks who are already brewing their own:  What do you wish you'd known going into the process of making your own booch?  Did you ever make a mistake that created a speedbump in your progress, and if so, how would you suggest a novice avoid it?  What one thing do you think a booch novice should try?
     
    I'll probably be looking at vessels and starting a SCOBY this weekend.  Whee!
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    jent103 got a reaction from Physibeth in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    I just opened a bottle of hibiscus ginger and it spewed forth like a mighty geyser. I consider it a great personal triumph.
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    jent103 got a reaction from Physibeth in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    I just opened a bottle of hibiscus ginger and it spewed forth like a mighty geyser. I consider it a great personal triumph.
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    jent103 reacted to KJ! in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Ladies and Gentlemen, count me in. My hubby gifted me with a complete continuous brew system from Hannah at Kombucha Kamp (http://www.kombuchakamp.com/) -- Merry Christmas indeed! It arrives tomorrow and I am oh so excited. I've been making our own sauerkraut for years in Gartopf crocks (indispensable) and before wheat left the building I kept a rockin' sourdough starter. So I know to trust the fermentation cycle. I've been drinking GT's booch for years and never could bear to let go of those sturdy glass bottles so I'm set for bottling. But I absolutely have opening night jitters!
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    jent103 reacted to Kabob in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    jent103 - If memory serves the gingerade has lemon in it.  Memory doesn't serve the right stuff pretty often, but maybe it's getting better, I am on day 28 of my Whole 30!  So far my favorite flavor is ginger.  I think I will do a taste test between just ginger and the ginger/lemon.
     
    I do wish mine was more bubbly, but, like yours, totally drinkable and fabulously deliscious!
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    jent103 reacted to Kabob in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Hmmmm, personally I avoid shaking my booch    In my mind you are releasing some of the much desired carbonation by doing so. 
     
    If I recall you flavored this batch with ginger and hibiscus.  My hibiscus brew has really tiny bubbles.  When I opened my first bottle it barely phssst'd, but then it started gently bubbling over which really surprised me.  Maybe a longer time outside the fridge.  I'm going to start experimenting with how much space I leave at the top to see how/if that affects my final product.
     
    Let us know how it's going.
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    jent103 reacted to Kabob in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Get ready for it..............elderberry flavor!
     
    With flu season upon us this may be something you might want to try.  I put one teaspoon dried berries into a 16 oz bottle to second ferment and it was slightly fizzy, beautifully hued and pretty darn delish.      I didn't let it go very many days (2 days) before I cracked it open so there my be potential there for more carbonation action.  I'll be making more of this next time I decant.
     
    Oh, I got the dried elderberry in the herb/spice bulk section of my coop.
     
    Happy brewing!
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    jent103 reacted to megmac in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    I do my second ferment for 5 days.  Always.  I burp on day 3 or 4, whenever I remember.  I keep mine in a box as well, and have never had an explosion there.  It's only when I go to open them to drink.
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    jent103 reacted to pjena in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    I've never had mine explode.  And, I don't burp them.  I get plenty of fizz, too, though not as much as KB's picture!
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    jent103 reacted to Susan W in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Jent, you may want to burp them so the bottles dont explode. That way, you can decide how much fizz has built up and whether it's time to drink them or let them sit longer. I think hibiscus seems to really fizz up.
    I wasn't using enough goo gone at first either. It's a little shocking how much it takes.
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    jent103 reacted to kb0426 in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    If you need more evidence of the fizz in my booch, check this out!
     
    Another batch of hibiscus ginger .
     

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    jent103 reacted to kb0426 in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    That is a lovely SCOBY!
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    jent103 reacted to Frankiekex in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Wahey ..... I have managed to read through all 55 pages, don't ask how long it took - but wow this is fascinating , I also want to try!
    So where do I start, what size starter scoby jar/container and what size for the first fermentation do I need to get?
    I live in the U.K and the only place I found selling Komucha is Amazon, green or red Komucha 750ml for a staggering £5 + pp and when I have asked in health shops (my 3rd today) they haven't got a clue wHat I am talking about :/
    Would it be to hot to do the process in my airing cupboard (my boiler/geyser is in there) or would it be better to just host it in a spare cupboard in rooms temperature?
    Can I use decaffinated green tea? I think I read something about this but there wasn't any conclusion!
    Would love to get some answers so I can start getting my stuff together and join the brewing brigade
    This could be really exiting - oh And I started W30 on 1st October.
    Thamks, Maria xx
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    jent103 got a reaction from kb0426 in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Kb, that looks awesome! I have my second batch brewing now and plan to put way more hibiscus in it this time - my first batch wasn't very pink at all. I was too afraid of overpowering.
    But check out my little baby scoby! And this batch is already fizzier. I think another day or two.
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    jent103 reacted to Kabob in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    jent103 - I may have to get some of those, sounds like your booch tastes pretty good, just not as fizzy as you'd like.  I struggle with that too, kombucha making is such a personal process, my research has lead me to believe that it takes a LOT of trying different things.  I keep notes on each batch so that I can remember what works and what doesn't.     Keep on boochin'!
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    jent103 reacted to kickintheface10 in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Thank you so much for this thread! You all have given me the courage to try brewing in my dorm. I set everything up last night, so we'll see how it goes.
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    jent103 reacted to pjena in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    You have to do it, Bethany!  Once you get into a rhythm, it's easy.
     
    Helen - this has worked for me since May:
    Friday night - bottle flavored booch and refridgerate (I use mason jars and old store bought kombucha bottles - usually get 7 - one per day)
    Saturday - brew tea and leave (covered) out to cool
    Sunday - move unflavored booch (less 2 C) to flavoring jar(s), add flavoring.  Fill booch jar with 2 C of saved booch, scoby and brewed tea.  Return all to pantry.
    Start over the next Friday.  So, 1st ferment is 7 days and 2nd flavoring ferment is 5 days.
     
    The only week I had a problem was when we were at the cabin so I couldn't do the Friday process and it went a couple days too long in the flavoring stage.  It was a big vinegary, but I still drank it.
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    jent103 reacted to pjena in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    You can use both at once to make it go a little faster!  Mine usually are fused (though it's pefectly fine if mama hangs out at the bottom) so I usually just use the whole thing until it seems too big and then I peel off a layer or two.
     
    My simple schedule is just 6 or 7 up from here.  There is a LOT of great information on the 54 pages, though. 
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    jent103 reacted to pjena in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Let the flavored booch sit at room temp for a while.  I do 5 days to get some fizz.  You'll want to test it and find what you like best.  The mama and baby can stay in the hotel until you're ready for them or you can leave the mama in the hotel as a backup and start a new batch with the baby.  It is scary at first!  But, once you get into a routine, it's so easy.
    Read my post above (#1063) for my weekly schedule.  It keeps me in enough booch to have a bottle a day, which is perfect for me.   
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    jent103 reacted to Sharon Simpson Thumann in Spending way too much $$ on groceries!   
    Hey Jahx! I am in Naples woot woot hey neighbor! I totally agree with you though on all of it, at first I obsessed about buying the best of the best and it made the Whole30 miserable. I buy most of my good from Costco and a little from Publix. I do the best I can and I really looked deep into our budget and there is just not room, at least not right now.. We are saving to buy a new car and I want to either have a huge down payment or enough to buy it outright. No car= no work=no money for food. Priorities!
     
    So please, new people, don't feel bullied or pressured by others to always buy the absolute best, buy what you can afford and keep an eye out for sales.
     
    Some people here can afford the best of the best, but some of us can not, I figure I am doing good just getting off the processed merry go round, so please be careful with your words because it can be a turn off and drive some people away, it almost drove me away..