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    kb0426 got a reaction from Nadia B 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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    kb0426 reacted to Susan W in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    "I am glad Susan weighed in. I am far too lazy to do it "
    Maybe..but you have stellar fizz and I never do. Grrr...
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    kb0426 got a reaction from pjena 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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    kb0426 got a reaction from jent103 in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    That is a lovely SCOBY!
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    kb0426 reacted to jent103 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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    kb0426 got a reaction from Physibeth in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
     
    I have been purchasing loose hibiscus/ginger tea from my co-op.  I put about a tbs of leaves in my booch and second ferment for about 7 days.
     
    It is da bomb!  And I mean that quite literally as it is the fizziest booch I have ever made!
     
    I strain out the leaves before drinking.  Isn't it pretty?

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    kb0426 got a reaction from Frankiekex in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Wait. What do you want me to include in the original post?
    I would be happy to include links to instructions for making scoby from GTs original and Kombucha Kamp. But creating an FAQ? That sounds like work to me!
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    kb0426 got a reaction from SweetEnough in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Hi!
    Susan had a wonderful idea of having one place where it is all things related to making/brewing Kombucha could be asked and answered. There are several of us that are newbies at this (me) and some real pros out there (Susan, Miss Mary, Nadia...) and thought that one place to keep all things related to making your own kombucha would be helpful for others embarking on this journey.
    I have begun the process of making my own SCOBY (symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast) and if this is an epic failure, will end up getting SCOBY locally. I have heard Craig's List is a great source for people giving away free SCOBY to a good home! My potential source is one from Miss Mary!
    I am reading up on the process to actually make the kombucha. Just like when I made my own sauerkraut for the first time, I am a little intimidated! This isn't something my mother taught me how to do growing up!
    We will all learn together!
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    kb0426 reacted to pjena in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    I'm with Bethany and KB - I drink mind at "cocktail hour" or as mom's often call it "the witching hour" - that hour before dinner when everyone is hungry and the kids are going nuts and Mom is trying to get dinner on the table.  The fizz helps me wait until dinner is ready.  I think you're allowed to drink it anytime, though. 
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    kb0426 got a reaction from Kabob in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Interesting question!  I have never even considered this.  I tend to drink mine when I get home for work for "cocktail" hour.
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    kb0426 got a reaction from pjena in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Interesting question!  I have never even considered this.  I tend to drink mine when I get home for work for "cocktail" hour.
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    kb0426 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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    kb0426 reacted to Susan W in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Suth_n..adding the candy during a W30 is not okay. The sugar has no SCOBY to eat it during the second ferment. However, have at it when not on a W30. Don't tell anyone, but I add a tsp of raw honey to my second ferment when NOT on a W30. Just between you and me. ;0)
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    kb0426 got a reaction from Raven in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Hi!
    Susan had a wonderful idea of having one place where it is all things related to making/brewing Kombucha could be asked and answered. There are several of us that are newbies at this (me) and some real pros out there (Susan, Miss Mary, Nadia...) and thought that one place to keep all things related to making your own kombucha would be helpful for others embarking on this journey.
    I have begun the process of making my own SCOBY (symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast) and if this is an epic failure, will end up getting SCOBY locally. I have heard Craig's List is a great source for people giving away free SCOBY to a good home! My potential source is one from Miss Mary!
    I am reading up on the process to actually make the kombucha. Just like when I made my own sauerkraut for the first time, I am a little intimidated! This isn't something my mother taught me how to do growing up!
    We will all learn together!
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    kb0426 got a reaction from simonec in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    I am happy to announce that my booch is back to being fuzzy!  Lizzard you are my hero! Second fermenting for a few extra days has definitely brought my fizzy back!
     
    Now that coffee booch has me intrigued!  I am glad I started a new SCOBY a few days ago!
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    kb0426 got a reaction from megmac in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    I am happy to announce that my booch is back to being fuzzy!  Lizzard you are my hero! Second fermenting for a few extra days has definitely brought my fizzy back!
     
    Now that coffee booch has me intrigued!  I am glad I started a new SCOBY a few days ago!
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    kb0426 reacted to Pia650 in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    I've been doing continuous brewing for about 6 months and finally decided to bottle it and flavor it. Cherry vanilla is the first flavor crossing fingers that it wont explode on me!!!
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    kb0426 reacted to megmac in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Okay, I'll say it...my booch is better than GT's booch. 
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    kb0426 got a reaction from simonec in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    This is good to hear Simonec!  With lizzard's advice I am keeping my second ferment going a lot longer. My SCOBY is beautiful and large and it will sadden me to have to retire her after such faithful service!
     
    I did start a new "make your own SCOBY" yesterday just in case!
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    kb0426 reacted to Vian in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Just outside of town we have an area called greenbluff. It's basically a collection of small family farms that grow lots of fruits and veggies and also make wine and other neat things. Several places offer "pick your own" fruit, where you go out into the orchard and pick your fruit, then they weigh it for you. We go there every year for peaches and get a huge box and make at least one pie and freeze what we can't eat right away. Mom and I went out there this morning and got a box. We got a lot that were blemished and getting over-ripe to make pie with and I pureed some to flavor my next batch of kombucha. It's so tasty...I think I might add some ginger to it, maybe just a hint of cloves. I can't wait
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    kb0426 reacted to simonec in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    don't worry too much about how much it is or isn't fizzing...my cousin gave me a scoby last fall and i've been brewing with the original and some of the babies since and some batches just seem to have more fizz while others have less .i find that in the winter i brew for 2 weeks to get it to the strength i like and in the summer i can't go much more than 7 or 8 days or it starts to loose some fizz and taste a bit too much like vinegar, but it really depends on the weather we've been having...the warmer it is the faster it ferments. and i thought i was not going to be getting fizzy boocha anymore, since i had 3 or 4 batches that weren't, but the last 2 have been perfect.
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    kb0426 reacted to Vian in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Bottling up my first batch of booch! I poured about 26 ounces each into two quart mason jars. I decided to use mason jars my first couple tries, that way if it explodes, I won't be sad that I ruined my nice bottles. It smells fermenty and tart, and tastes nice and tart, but not vinegary at all, so I think it's perfect. I'm going to add a puree of bing cherries with vanilla and almond extract. Also, I put the jars in an ice chest in my bedroom to contain any explosions >.>
     
    Here's how much carbonation it already has...and this is after a minute or two while i ran and grabbed the camera.
     

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    kb0426 got a reaction from aprilb in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Hi!
    Susan had a wonderful idea of having one place where it is all things related to making/brewing Kombucha could be asked and answered. There are several of us that are newbies at this (me) and some real pros out there (Susan, Miss Mary, Nadia...) and thought that one place to keep all things related to making your own kombucha would be helpful for others embarking on this journey.
    I have begun the process of making my own SCOBY (symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast) and if this is an epic failure, will end up getting SCOBY locally. I have heard Craig's List is a great source for people giving away free SCOBY to a good home! My potential source is one from Miss Mary!
    I am reading up on the process to actually make the kombucha. Just like when I made my own sauerkraut for the first time, I am a little intimidated! This isn't something my mother taught me how to do growing up!
    We will all learn together!
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    kb0426 got a reaction from Lizzard77 in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
     
    You know, I have been so used to my brewing routine I never considered letting it sit longer!   I actually poured some booch down the sink tonight .
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    kb0426 reacted to Nadia B in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
     
    Kb, mine decided to relax too. I get it it's summer time, she wants to chill, but it's not even growing to fill the surface of the jar. Time to bug Dad for one.