Susan W

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    Susan W got a reaction from Nadia B in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Eureka...I just checked on my bottles and I have fizz. So much so that the ginger sitting on the bottom flew up to the top with the bubbles. The bottles starting with the .5% alcohol have the most fizz. Interesting. I dont think I need to strain it since the only thing in them besides tea is ginger and it politely sits at the bottom. Happy days.
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    Susan W got a reaction from kb0426 in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Thar she blows!! It even sprayed my arm.

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    Susan W got a reaction from Derval 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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    Susan W got a reaction from praxisproject in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    My plans for booch pops when the next heatwave hits.

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    Susan W got a reaction from praxisproject in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Back in business after QUITE the booch fiasco. I had way too many food projects going on and made twice as much tea as I needed. So, I made two batch and one big CB. I hadn't kept enough of the starter booch so I ran to WF and bought two bottles. Got everyone set and had some left in one of the bottles. I tipped it back and got a big old icky string of goo. I dont mind little yeasty bits but this thing almost required the heimlich. Bleck!!
    All is well in booch land now.


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    Susan W got a reaction from praxisproject in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Lizz for CB, you put in what you take out when about 25% is gone. I have even gone as low as 70%. You could replenish every time you take one bottle out but that sounds too high maintenance. When you take only 25%, it only takes a day or two to convert to Kombucha. It took longer when I took 70% but maybe 5 days?
    I like it because I am not tempted to make a jacket with my SCOBYs with CB. ;0) You only touch the SCOBY when you want to peel off a baby to make a scarf or when you clean out your vessel 3-4 times a year.
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    Susan W got a reaction from praxisproject in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    "when I pulled my SCOBYs from my two containers, I sort of cleaned the brown stringy stuff off. I don't know if that was bad"
    Susan, those strings are actually yeasts that will help make your 2F fizzy. You want to keep 'em around, from the reading I have done.
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    Oh I know they are good brown strings but I seriously couldn't help myself. I think CB is better for me because I won't be messing with my poor SCOBYs. :0)
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    Susan W got a reaction from kb0426 in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    If you open one, I am totally moving to Portland. I will be a good barmaid, promise!
    Beets kombucha outta control!!! Haha
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    Omg...perfect example of pixie dust. That is beautiful. You roasted right? Then did you puree it or chop it or just wave your wand. :0)
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    Susan W got a reaction from kb0426 in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    KB thank you. I was too busy wiping my tongue with a cloth to gag.
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    Susan W got a reaction from Nadia B in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Susan, so you are serious about opening booch bar, I see
    Renée, are you sure this thread should be up all time? I wonder how many new member were scared by this crazy talk here. Booch porn, like Mo said.
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    Lol..Booch Bar. My daughter is convinced we should open one. I tell her this thread is my virtual booch bar.
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    Susan W got a reaction from Lizzard77 in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Lizz for CB, you put in what you take out when about 25% is gone. I have even gone as low as 70%. You could replenish every time you take one bottle out but that sounds too high maintenance. When you take only 25%, it only takes a day or two to convert to Kombucha. It took longer when I took 70% but maybe 5 days?
    I like it because I am not tempted to make a jacket with my SCOBYs with CB. ;0) You only touch the SCOBY when you want to peel off a baby to make a scarf or when you clean out your vessel 3-4 times a year.
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    Susan W got a reaction from Nadia B in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Lizz for CB, you put in what you take out when about 25% is gone. I have even gone as low as 70%. You could replenish every time you take one bottle out but that sounds too high maintenance. When you take only 25%, it only takes a day or two to convert to Kombucha. It took longer when I took 70% but maybe 5 days?
    I like it because I am not tempted to make a jacket with my SCOBYs with CB. ;0) You only touch the SCOBY when you want to peel off a baby to make a scarf or when you clean out your vessel 3-4 times a year.
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    Susan W got a reaction from Lizzard77 in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    "when I pulled my SCOBYs from my two containers, I sort of cleaned the brown stringy stuff off. I don't know if that was bad"
    Susan, those strings are actually yeasts that will help make your 2F fizzy. You want to keep 'em around, from the reading I have done.
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    Oh I know they are good brown strings but I seriously couldn't help myself. I think CB is better for me because I won't be messing with my poor SCOBYs. :0)
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    Susan W got a reaction from praxisproject in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    I've got no problem drinking it, so I will overcome!
    Could I get a definition for pixie dust?
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    Pixie dust is what I call Nadias method. She just kind of winged it and ended up with crazy fizzy kombucha and very prolific SCOBYs.
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    Susan W got a reaction from Nadia B in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    I've got no problem drinking it, so I will overcome!
    Could I get a definition for pixie dust?
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    Pixie dust is what I call Nadias method. She just kind of winged it and ended up with crazy fizzy kombucha and very prolific SCOBYs.
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    Susan W reacted to Renee Lee in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Not sure why we haven't done this yet, but I just made your post a sticky. NO MORE DROPPING OFF THE FRONT PAGE!
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    Susan W got a reaction from Nadia B in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Sophie, folded SCOBY looks lovely!! I have to admit, when I pulled my SCOBYs from my two containers, I sort of cleaned the brown stringy stuff off. I don't know if that was bad, but being a tidy person, I could not help myself. It was all I could do to not run them under the tap to really get them shiny and white.
     
    Derval, I think maybe try leaving it doing it's second ferment thing longer. Mine so the same thing on a smaller scale. I see a little fizz when I bottle them. Then it's barely a tongue tickle (oh my) when I sit to drink them. There are lots of tricks to get fizz, but we won't discuss those yet. No need to get all complicated quite yet. Also...hmmm..you didn't flavor it with anything and some sort of sugar is needed to make the fizz, but you had so much fizz right off the bat. It's all such a fun puzzle.
     
    Megmac, I have done both. My original SCOBY and it's babies had to be thrown out because of mold. I decided to make my own SCOBY to see if that would increase the fizz factor. I now have two big SCOBYs and two babies and am going to go back to CB (the big green in my picture is what I use) and one batch. I like the idea of both, but not sure why. I think I just love the whole process now that it doesn't give me nervous butterflies in my stomach.
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    Susan W reacted to Derval 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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    Susan W reacted to percypat in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    For Susan, from Frank:
     

     
    Big green is pretty!  Jealous of thick, spongy looking SCOBYs.  Frank still looking a bit thin and fuzzy, even all submerged in liquid.  I guess he is a yeast magnet.
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    Susan W got a reaction from praxisproject in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Since we are sharing family pictures, here's my gang waiting for tomorrow. Also, Big Green getting ready to go back to work tomorrow.


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    Susan W got a reaction from praxisproject in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Tea and bottles at the ready. 3 tea and 2 plain. :0)

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    Susan W got a reaction from praxisproject in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Back to say one thing..new thing with my Numi Chocolate Puerh..iced. Shaken with coconut milk. About to have my second one.
    Derval, you must try a glass out in the garden.
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    Susan W got a reaction from Nadia B in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Since we are sharing family pictures, here's my gang waiting for tomorrow. Also, Big Green getting ready to go back to work tomorrow.


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    Susan W got a reaction from megmac in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Meg save your kombucha bottles too. They work great if they have a screw on lid.
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    Susan W got a reaction from scruffyc3 in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Derval great photos. Love the look on Lily's face. Booch lover in the making.
    Mineral is different than distilled. Mineral actually has salts and minerals in it. I use tap water that I run through my brita. Oregon has fairly good water. I also heard from Kombucha Kamp that you can use tap water but you should boil it first or let it sit overnight.