MeadowLily

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    MeadowLily got a reaction from gabby15 in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Throw it in the trash.
     
    "When she first started making kombucha, someone told her that they were good for septic systems so she was flushing her old mushrooms down the toilet.
    A couple years later the septic tank guy came to empty out her tank, and he opened it up to stick the hose in to start draining it, but he couldn’t. He was totally baffled and had to get out his knife and hack away at the large, tannish, leathery thing that was floating at the top of the tank! She was quite sure what it was and she was quite sure she was not about to tell him! Can you imagine? A kombucha mushroom the size of a septic tank! If only someone in the sci-fi industry knew about SCOBYs!"
    http://gnowfglins.com/2010/02/15/rfqm-scoby-gone-wild/
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    MeadowLily got a reaction from Kabob in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Throw it in the trash.
     
    "When she first started making kombucha, someone told her that they were good for septic systems so she was flushing her old mushrooms down the toilet.
    A couple years later the septic tank guy came to empty out her tank, and he opened it up to stick the hose in to start draining it, but he couldn’t. He was totally baffled and had to get out his knife and hack away at the large, tannish, leathery thing that was floating at the top of the tank! She was quite sure what it was and she was quite sure she was not about to tell him! Can you imagine? A kombucha mushroom the size of a septic tank! If only someone in the sci-fi industry knew about SCOBYs!"
    http://gnowfglins.com/2010/02/15/rfqm-scoby-gone-wild/
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    MeadowLily reacted to jmcbn in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    I get good carbonation even in my first ferment - it's from all the excess yeast. See below on bottling day just this past Sunday...


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    MeadowLily reacted to ShannonM816 in Are you new here? Welcome!   
    Theoretically, the more expensive stuff should be from better quality butter, although there are no guarantees on that just based on price. It's not really hard to make your own, and I like the stuff I make better than any of the brands I've bought, although I did like the Tin Star Brown Butter Ghee better than the couple of other brands I found at local stores to try. The last time I made my own I used this crockpot method.
    Having said all that, ghee is just not my favorite. It's okay, but I regularly go months and months without using it. I just use coconut oil, olive oil, duck fat, lard, tallow, or if I've had some compliant bacon, I'll save the grease from it to cook in. So if you don't like it, you've got other options. Don't feel like you have to have it to do Whole30.
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    MeadowLily reacted to jmcbn in Are you new here? Welcome!   
    Hey @CleaH - apologies for the delayed reply - sometimes if the forums are active some posts get 'lost' in the activity streams.... Butter - nope, butter butter is out. Clarified butter is fairly easy to make (lots of tutorials on the web), or you can purchase Ghee. Unfortunately I am in Ireland so can't recommend any brands but I know that here Ghee is most easily found along with other asian foods & spices.
    As for juice - again nope, juice can be used for adding to sauces etc to sweeten them up, or for adding a dash to some water to liven it up a bit. 100% fruit juices are pretty high in sugar which will in turn impact your blood sugar, and so we'd prefer that you just eat the fruit, which will also provide fibre.
    Hope this helps!
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    MeadowLily reacted to Michelle Stan in Are you new here? Welcome!   
    Hi!
    Today is Day 20 for my husband and I.  He feels great and so do I!  One of his many non-scale victories is he can button some of his smaller shirts and his clothes are fitting better overall. The biggest non-scale victory for me is my blood pressure went down over 20 points!! 
    Love Whole30!
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    MeadowLily reacted to ShannonM816 in Are you new here? Welcome!   
    The timeline is just a general guideline. Some people follow it pretty closely the whole way through, some don't. Be glad you haven't had the rough days in the beginning some people experience, and just keep going.
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    MeadowLily reacted to jmcbn in What to Expect Calendar (Symptoms)   
    Can I just comment here that not everyone follows the timeline so if you're NOT experiencing the listed 'symptoms' you're not necessarily doing it wrong - also sometimes the expectation actually brings it on, which isn't always the best thing

    Comparison is the thief of joy - enjoy your OWN journey!!
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    MeadowLily got a reaction from NoMoreCrunchyCravings in What A Serving of Eggs Looks Like   
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    MeadowLily reacted to jmcbn in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Continuous Brew - yep, the ones with a tap. £18 is a decent enough price for an 8ltr one - I think that's about what I paid on Amazon for Kilner ones. The idea with the CB jars is that you can bottle as much or as little as you want & just keep topping up with sweet tea. Personally I use mine like the DJs and bottle all of it bar a bit at the bottom every time. I've a much better idea of when it's reached the fermentation level I like that way, and I'm sure that all the sugar has gone...
    And yep, I've just passed on a pair of premium cross country trainers to my youngest son that sound a bit like your astroturf ones!! 
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    MeadowLily reacted to jmcbn in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Just fill it up as far as the widest part allows.... 
    What you've got right now may not taste great so don't let it put you off - the 2nd ferment gives it a little fizz (& flavour depending on what you add to the bottles), although sometimes it takes a while even for that to build up as the bacteria builds up as the SCOBY matures.
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    MeadowLily reacted to jmcbn in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    That's it fermenting. The longer you leave it the more acidic it will get. If you're still trying to grow the SCOBY then add more sweet tea. Or you could taste test & bottle what you've got for the 2nd fermentation process (to which you can add fresh fruit, ginger, hibiscus flowers etc) & top up your jar with a fresh batch of sweet tea. 
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    MeadowLily reacted to LincolnDan in Profile Image Issues   
    I too have been having problems trying to upload a picture to my profile.  it keeps telling me that it is too large.  I have tried several different pictures but still get the same error message.
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    MeadowLily reacted to jmcbn in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Yay!!
    Make sure you're adding enough sugar into your tea - I use about 80-85g per ltr of water which I make with x4 tea bags. 

    My 5ltr CB jars have a pretty thick layer of SCOBYs - maybe 3-4inches thick, and they fill the neck of the widest part of the jar... You'll be able to start brewing with the little ones you've got, it's just gonna take a whole lot longer.
    I never drink my Booch with water. 
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    MeadowLily reacted to jmcbn in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    There is definitely caffeine in it,  but the amount of it seems to vary depending on what you read. Lots of sites seem to say that it has 1/3 of the amount of caffeine that regular tea would have, but this is probably more to do with the quantity of tea used to brew your Booch compared to what you'd use for ordinary tea. I usually mix black/white/green teas with other varieties to reduce the caffeine content further.
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    MeadowLily reacted to jmcbn in Plan a Whole30 dream vacation   
    Not so much misled, but maybe just a little bit behind.... There hasn't really been a full scale war in Ireland since the Fenians Rising in the 19th Century, although there have been various uprisings & the much publicised 'Troubles'

    The North & South have been two separate countries since 1921 with the North being part of the UK whilst the South is independant. They are separated by a 'soft border', meaning there is no passport control or Police presence. The trains don't stop, and the only indication you've passed from North to South (or vice versa) in a bus/car is the change from miles to kilometres on the road signs.

    The Good Friday Peace Agreement was signed in the North by the Government & the Paramilitaries back in 1998 bringing an end to 'The Troubles' and there has pretty much been peace since then with the odd dissident trying - but failing - to ruin things for those looking to build a better future. As part of the agreement all paramilitary weapons were handed over or verified as destroyed. As such you'd be much safer travelling anywhere in Ireland than you would be in many parts of the US.

    So no, nowhere is off limits
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    MeadowLily reacted to jmcbn in Profile Image Issues   
    The profile pic & photo upload issue should now be resolved.
    The double, triple, quadruple posting etc are still being looked at...
    Thank you for your patience everyone!
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    MeadowLily reacted to Nadia B in Profile Image Issues   
    Sooooo pictures are still not uploading or linking to facebook. Tried 3 different browsers. Mac and PC. 
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    MeadowLily reacted to Bck2B6 in Profile Image Issues   
    Is this still an issue? I have selected the facebook option but my profile pic hasn't loaded and when I try and upload a photo I get an error message. I have resized photos and attempted in two browsers and still get the same error.
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    MeadowLily reacted to jmcbn in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    I'm in the UK (Ireland) and brew with two CB jars of a similar size and and am using a number of my own SCOBYs along with the originals. In summer that quantity takes around 10days to brew IME, and in winter, with the jars wrapped with fleece to keep them warm & the temperature steady it takes at least 14 days. Unless you're using a heat tray (or you're in a little micro-climate, or down south!) I'd doubt your booch would be ready in 3 days. I'd let it brew for at least a week & then start taste testing... Mine will have a good froth/fizz as I'm bottling, and then it'll get really fizzy with the second ferment for which I use mostly fresh ginger or hibiscus flowers.

    When it comes to bottling and adding more tea it's up to you what to do with the new SCOBYs - you can leave them in and the brewing process should get faster, or take the new ones out (that filmy substance you describe) & start up another brewing jar, or store them in a Hotel for future use.

     
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    MeadowLily got a reaction from jmcbn in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Yes, absolutely.    You'll have it down to a fine art in no time.
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    MeadowLily reacted to jmcbn in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    The one I've got tastes like fizzy ACV with a hint of something fruity.

    It probably IS an acquired taste but I like it, and I felt the benefits of in a matter of days - my stomach just seems so settled. But at the price I'd have to pay to keep buying it bottled I'd have to take out a loan, hence the thought of making it myself. I think this way if I'm successful I can alternate the booch with the kraut (or whatever other veg I make) and get the benefits daily.
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    MeadowLily got a reaction from jmcbn in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
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    MeadowLily reacted to jmcbn in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Ok, so I think I'm a booch convert.

    However, my reasonably priced source of bottled booch is now out of stock in all varieties (except for small bottles which aren't very economical, and since the only other suppliers I can find are extortionate I'm wondering how easy it really is (and how much space I'll need) to make my own.

    I know all the information is probably in this thread as to what exactly I need, how long it will take, how cost effective it will be etc etc etc but ther are SIXTY SIX pages and my time is somewhat limited...   

    I'm not currently doing a Whole30 and so when I spoke to a potential supplier she tried to convince me that Milk Kefir was the way to go (someone local makes it for her), but since I avoid dairy for the most part I'm reluctant to go down that route. She can get kombucha made locally too but she did her best to talk me out of it saying it tastes like vinegar  

    Although I'm waiting on a batch of preserving/pickle jars arriving so that I can ferment my own veg I quite like the idea of waking up with a glass of kombucha with my breakfast so if anyone in the know who happens to be feeling generous with their time would like to give me a quick run down I'd be very grateful!

    TIA.

     
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    MeadowLily reacted to jmcbn in Help! Resources in the UK   
    A good one for anyone in Northern Ireland to check out is a company called Boxa.

    They started out just delivering grass fed, ethically raised organic meat ( a boxa this or a boxa that... get it?) but have since widened their horizons and now as well as their regular deliveries they have a collection point at Ballylagan Organic Farm (a day out in itself) on a Saturday where it's like a Farmer's Market style set up and you can buy all sorts of fab products like fermented foods, organic veg, and homemade sourdough breads & raw milk for those not on a Whole30. They also recently set up a partnership with Ke Nako Biltong offering a 12% discount to all Boxa customers on their Biltong made fresh each month from Culmore Organic Beef.

    You can contact Rita through their FB page (Boxa), or via twitter (@boxaboxa) to get added to their mailing list so you can place orders for delivery/collection.