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  1. Compost it or throw it in the trash. Only poo, pee and soiled (not snotty) toilet paper should go into the sewer system, IMHO!
  2. Hi MrsStick, I second ferment with any size bottles like this: https://www.amazon.com/Chefs-Star-Easy-Bottles-Amber/dp/B013H0257K Or I use 64 oz growlers like this: https://www.amazon.com/True-Fabrications-Gallon-Clear-Growler/dp/B00PR8232S/ref=sr_1_14?s=kitchen&ie=UTF8&qid=1479315119&sr=1-14&keywords=growler although this particular example seems spendy. Sorry you had an explosion. If I'm not going to be able to burp my 2F daily I will put them in a cooler to contain any explosive situation. Knock on wood, I've never had an explosion. G
  3. I picked up some oven dried apricots the other day and chopped up a few pieces and put them in 32 oz of KT to second ferment. I was so excited about the possibilities that I had to try it on day 2........so delicious. Day 2 tasted better than day 4, so I still have some tweaking to do to figure out how best to brew it. Has anyone else tried dried fruit? Day 20 today, plugging along.
  4. Hi all, I mostly use dried fruit and flowers, but mostly flowers - it's easy peasy. 1F is a ratio of 3/4 black to 1/4 green tea (6 blk, 2 grn and 1 cup of sugar per gallon of sweet tea). 2F - currently I pour my perfectly fermented 1F buch into 1/2 gallon growlers and add one tablespoon of hibiscus or lavender to each, let them sit on counter (burping daily; being very careful when burping the hibiscus - it gets VERY fuzzy) for 2 to 4 days then once I need product to drink or the buch is crazy fizzy I decant through a mesh strainer into ez cap bottles, usually mixing the the lavender a
  5. Wow, as I look at the picture again (so weird how that happens) I see the really whitish spots with the black flecks in them, um, they look mold. I had mold on my second batch when I first started brewing and it was black and hairy. I hope it's not mold.
  6. I'd give it some more time before I threw it out, I don't think it's mold. I believe it's the thickening of the scoby causing the less opaque coloring. If there's fuzz, I would definitely throw it out.
  7. I certainly would NOT use honey in my first ferment, but would definitely be willing to experiment with the second. " If you aren't adding much fruit but still want more carbonation you can add a bit of sugar or honey. The culture will feed off of the sugar in the sugar, honey, or fruit, and produce the gas necessary to create carbonation." http://www.nourishingdays.com/2013/03/making-fizzy-fruity-kombucha-the-second-fermentation/ In order to keep things simple I let my continuous brew "finish", decant the bulk of it and replace the same or similar amount with sweet tea. When I
  8. MrsStick, you are in for the ride of your life. Okay, that may be an exaggeration . I was anxious when I first started last summer, but not anymore. 1/2 gallon mason jars should be fine and they take less room on the counter. There is tons of information on the interwebs about second fermenting. The easiest way I've found, with the most dramatic results is adding one tablespoon of hibiscus tea (I find it here in bulk at the coop, maybe your friend knows where you can get some) to 32 oz which is a quart, so I would add two tablespoons to 1/2 gallon which is 64 oz. It g
  9. I am very interested to see how it goes. I've read it's both okay and not okay to refrigerate your Scoby. Please keep us posted. I recently used canned homemade (steam extracted) concord grape juice to second ferment and it came out gently carbonated. Very grapey though, not sure how I feel about that. Have been thinking about using some of the grape juice and adding another flavor to overpower it, but haven't come up with anything yet. I'm open to suggestions, maybe tumeric
  10. If you google "kombucha second ferment" you will have all the resources you need for flavoring and second fermenting. My absolute favorite and the easiest ways (I love easy) I've figured out to flavor buch is with dried hibiscus flowers, chopped up ginger and dried raspberries (a friend of ours gave us some and we didn't like eating them so I threw some into a couple of bottles of buch, chaching!). Oh, and not necessarily in the same bottle. One of these days I'm going to try juices, but probably not until I retire in about 7 years, ha.
  11. My second batch got mold, not sure how that happened. I was weary after that, but haven't had any problems with mold since. Make sure you rinse your hands with vinegar before handling the SCOBY. I wish I had more time to experiment, but I love my ginger booch so much I figure there will be plenty of time to do that when I retire. Not getting the fizz I'd fantisized about, but I'm okay without it now. Currently brewing one large continuous - 2 plus gallons and one small - 1 gallonish, which I decant 1 gallon and 1/2 gallon each about every seven days. Also to supplement these I
  12. KJ - very exciting!!! I'd be worried about you if you didn't feel jittery, but you'll have the hang of it in no time. Your homemade booch is going to be awesome.
  13. Which begs the question. How often do you (kb and Susan) clean out your continuous brew vessels?
  14. My continuous brew is smoother than my batch brew. What I usually do is decant about a gallon, it's about a 2 1/2 gallon container, and replace that with a gallon of the sweet tea (made with 5 black and 3 green tea bags and a cup of sugar). Once this process is over I begin tasting my product on day 3. I decant again around day 5 and 7 to get the smooth product that we love. I usually run out before it's time to decant one batch or the other, but am working toward having extra to share. I may get another continuous batch going just for that reason.
  15. 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!
  16. 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.
  17. 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!
  18. http://homeguides.sfgate.com/natural-cleaner-removing-sticker-goop-79395.html I haven't tried any of these, but thinking they may be as affective as the chemical stuff. I tryed the hot water method this weekend after I bought a ginger, hibiscus and lemon GT so I could get an idea of what flavor I'm looking for since I got some hibiscus in the bulk section of my co-op on Sunday. I bottled it yesterday and thought after seeing kb's fizzy wonderfulness I better burp it this morning - nada. I added 2 T of lemon juice, 1ish T of ginger and about 1 T of hibiscus to a 32 oz flip top b
  19. So did you not use ANY black tea. I've been using both, but was afraid to use JUST green tea because of some reason. Information overload I guess. Helen, do you use the continuous or batch brew method?
  20. Good to know kb, I am going to give this a try as soon as possible.
  21. 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'!
  22. jent103 I put the bottles in a cooler, so if they do explode the explosion will be contained. Also, I'm curious when you talk about flavoring with hibiscus, how/what does that look like....what are you using?
  23. I forgot to mention that I am on day 8 of my Whole30. Somehow I think that makes my question more timely or pertinent. Hmmm, what is the word I'm looking for. Anyway.............any more thoughts?
  24. Howdy fellow kombucha makers. I started making kombucha again this past summer and totally love the stuff. I'm wondering if anyone knows what the protocol for drinking it is. Is it on-plan to drink anytime/anywhere or is it better to drink it with meals. Please advise.