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    jmcbn got a reaction from Revelate 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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    jmcbn got a reaction from McKay 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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    jmcbn got a reaction from MJK3000 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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    jmcbn got a reaction from Nadia B 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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    jmcbn got a reaction from MeadowLily 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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    jmcbn got a reaction from MeadowLily 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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    jmcbn got a reaction from MeadowLily 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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    jmcbn reacted to Crastney in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    CB Jar?  is that one with a tap on the bottom with a wide lid?  they're currently £18 in Sainsburys, for an 8 litre jar.  I've not persuaded myself that it's worthwhile yet (but I do still have a pair of astroturf football boots that I bought for a work 5 a side tournament, which I wore once, about 10 years ago, and they cost me £30 at the time!)
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    jmcbn got a reaction from Crastney 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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    jmcbn reacted to MrsStick in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Looks like my experiment is working! There are a bunch of little spots of baby SCOBY floating around on the surface of my kombucha!
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    jmcbn got a reaction from jenmidge 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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    jmcbn got a reaction from MeadowLily 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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    jmcbn got a reaction from MeadowLily 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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    jmcbn got a reaction from MeadowLily 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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    jmcbn reacted to MrsStick in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    I'm going crazy and am trying to make kombucha with two baby SCOBYs that had formed in my flavored booch I'd bought a couple weeks ago (apple cider flavored). I don't know if it'll work or not but I could clearly see both the bacteria and yeasts in the little babies so I decided I'd try it. I'll let you know in a couple of weeks if it works.
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    jmcbn got a reaction from praxisproject in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Yes.
    You can mix some of the fruit/herbal teas with black/green/white teas but the SCOBY needs the tannin to survive. Also just make sure none of the teas contain honey as raw honey can kill the SCOBY due it's anti-microbial properties. And you'll also need to look out for teas containing soy lecithin/oils/natural flavouring which may also kill/harm your SCOBY.

    You can grow your own SCOBY from what's left of your commercial booch - here's how.
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    jmcbn got a reaction from MeadowLily 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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    jmcbn got a reaction from Raven in Plan a Whole30 dream vacation   
    Both Scottish in origin

    The black and white pudding (not much different to sausage in all honesty - only the black contains blood) you can leave for me though
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    jmcbn got a reaction from jenmidge 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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    jmcbn got a reaction from MeadowLily 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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    jmcbn got a reaction from purplepadres in Don't over think this.   
    Raemikky, the forums are a very supportive community and those that take part regularly thrive here when they accept the rules for what they are, and realize that the Moderators (and other knowledgeable members) are passionate about the Whole30 program, and want to see you complete a true Whole30 meaning you will get the best results possible, and sometimes that takes a little tough love.
    Your initial post was effectively encouraging other members to break the rules, and whilst that might have been a rookie error on your part it had to be made clear for everyone that this is not allowed.
    I'm sorry that you feel the way that you do, but perhaps once you get over the hurt of your ticking off you might give the forums another chance & find that actually they'll make your Whole30 journey a whole lot easier....
     
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    jmcbn got a reaction from SarahS2018 in Whole30 Sample Reintroduction Schedule   
    The protocol in the UK for a Coeliac test is actually 6wks of eating gluten prior to testing as far as I know. What we're doing here, however,  is looking for food sensitivities, and in most cases, having eliminated gluten from the system for 30 days, the reaction will be fairly quick & obvious when it is reintroduced.
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    jmcbn got a reaction from decker_bear in Let's talk (non-traditional) breakfasts   
    Oh, it's good......
    Not for an every day type of thing the way you'd make a pot of chilli to last all week, but every now & then? Perfect.
     
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    jmcbn got a reaction from SusanB. in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Fellow active brewer here - I've currently got x2 CB jars on the go, plus two hotels, one of which is packed. I'd love some local brewers to pass some SCOBYs on to but there doesn't appear to be a huge market for them here - YET - and in the meantime my youngest son is keeping them as pets

    I tend to stick with fresh ginger & dried hibiscus flowers for flavour, or I'll use a variety of teas.

    I didn't feel like I was a bonafide brewer until I had my first bottle explode on me last year!!
     
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    jmcbn got a reaction from jenmidge in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Your scoby will be fine in a bigger jar, he may just take a little longer to ferment the tea - but he'll soon have company to help him along.

    Also, other than the starter tea your scoby arrives in you shouldn't need to add anything except more tea - there will be instructions in your starter pack though explaining that.

    I always wash my bottles in hot water with a little detergent, but am always sure to give them a good rinse afterwards and I've never had a problem. I did some housekeeping with my CB jars last month and did exactly the same and each batch I've brewed since has been fine too.