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  1. it depends on how you like it, but ideally if it still tastes sweet then there's still sugar, so you probably should leave it a bit longer. After the first 7 days, just keep trying it everyday. at some point it will no longer taste sweet, and then as you leave it longer it'll get more and more vinegary. stop and bottle at whatever point you feel comfortable with the amount of vinegar taste. Add sugar to the bottles, and that will then ferment in the bottles to produce the fizz (I use around a half to one teaspoon per litre bottle), leave for maybe a couple of weeks warm for that sugar to c
  2. I've just finished the last bottle of my third batch - probably didn't leave it long enough in first fermentation, as it was still sweet when bottled, and each bottle grey it's own little layer of SCOBY - which I felt terrible about when I put it in the compost. The initial one, still in the tapped kilner jar will be ok to start the next batch. If I got my arse in gear I'd start making a new batch as I started the last bottle, then wouldn't run out - oh well. it's all good. calling a SCOBY Toby makes sense, but why Maggie?
  3. drain, sink, toilet - all the same really - was wondering if there was a problem with it being processed elsewhere? It's not going to cause an issue in the grey water or sewerage, so probably ok.
  4. I ended up bottling the kombucha that had mould on it (but only a smidgen) - 1 tsp sugar in each litre bottle, left somewhere warm ish, and since my last post I've drank the whole lot - 3 x 1litre bottles of it. they were all slightly fizzy, with a nice taste - I added a slice of lime to each bottle. so the mould wasn't ever an issue. now though I didn't want to re-use that original scoby, so it went down the drain and I've brought some more 'live' kombucha from a shop, and I'll culture that up as a starter, then produce another batch. is it ok to dispose of an old scoby down the drain?
  5. my kombucha got mould! to start with there were just a few blue mouldy spots, which I lifted out, but they came back, and I tried to lift them out as well but they ended up getting sucked into the SCOBY underneath, and then sinking. I will have to ditch the entire batch. just when it was starting to get interesting flavour too. I've been draining off a small amount each day or two to see what the flavour is like, and when it's no longer sweet, for bottling. I knew that I wouldn't necessarily get a proper scoby from this one as it was from an old batch from the fridge. I don't have any wh
  6. yes, the scoby was out of the fridge before I started washing the new jar. then I made the tea, which i let cool down to about 25C. I think I used about 8 teaspoons of loose leaf tea, and made a full pot, and I think that was about 1 quarter of the jar - so I added three times the water as the tea. we'll just have to wait and see how it goes.
  7. The wife got me one of those brewing/serving glass containers with a clip lid, and a tap on the bottom - ideal for continuous brew of Kombucha. I found my old SCOBY in the fridge, I made a strong pot of tea, added a cup of sugar, several cups of water, and the scoby to the glass jar and hopefully it'll start to ferment again. I can use the tap to draw off a sample each day, so that I don't overbrew it this time. When I have the right flavour I'll bottle about two thirds, and make up some more sweet tea. then I'll have to see how quickly I drink it.
  8. I threw away my bottle of kombucha. it was half full, and very acidic. tasted far too much like apple cider vinegar, just not drinkable even when watered down 1tsp to a pint of water! I still have my starter/scoby in the fridge so might make some more at some point. I have a couple of DJs of cider that I'll probably use as drain cleaner, so when I do I can start a kombucha brew in one of those.
  9. CO2 is absorbed into liquids easier at cooler temps, so therefore in the fridge there will be more dissolved CO2, and therefore less CO2 as gas in the air gap, so less pressure, so less likely to burp. kept at room temp, the scoby will continue to feed off any sugars, and continue to produce CO2 as a by product, so pressure will slowly build up if left long enough. hence bottle bombs if too much sugar added and left somewhere warm (if bottles are air tight). to make it fizzy on purpose, leave somewhere warm for two weeks, to produce the co2, then somewhere cold for another week for the co2 t
  10. temperature definitely affects fermentation activity. There will be an optimum value, above and below which the scoby will perform a lot slower, far too hot and you'll kill off the scoby, too cold and you'll just stun it till it warms up again (unless you have experimental grade equipment cooling to temps near absolute zero, with liquid nitrogen etc). from my home brew knowledge, fermentation happens best at around 20 degrees Celcius, but happily within a range of about 18 - 22. of course this varies depending on yeast strain used, so scoby might be different, but 'room temperature' - around 2
  11. I'm back from hols, and have bottled what was there in the jar. I'm not sure how much I'm going to be making so therefore I've left about an inch of liquid in the jar, with what appear to be two scobys now, and stuck them in the back of the fridge. the liquid that I took out, I put into a sterilised bottle, the same one that I bought the original kombucha in, with about an inch of ginger, peeled and cut into thin slices. after a couple of days it has gone a bit fizzy and sweet ish, and actually tastes ok. Once I have a DJ free I will start a bigger batch.
  12. I was in Hackney Fresh this morning getting my coconut milk latte, and noticed that they have kombucha tea scoby starters for sale - £4.99 in round plastic containers. also went back to Sainsbury to look at jars with taps, and the one at £18 is only 5 litres, the bigger on, at 8 litres is £24 - still a good price, so if I enjoy the concoction that I make I might get one. [edit to add] - are there problems if you leave it too long? does it get too acidic?
  13. I used the turkey baster to get half of the liquid out - it tastes a lot like cider vinegar... then added another mug of strong tea (2 tea bags, 2 tbsp sugar) into the jar. unfortunately the scoby sank during the operation, and now it's slinking around the bottom of the jar, and the top is going fuzzy again, so maybe another scoby growing? time will tell...
  14. 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!)
  15. yeah, ok fill to the shoulder, but what about when I attempt to get the drink out, or get the scoby out? there's not tap on the bottom of any of my DJs. first tastings of my kombucha might not be great - ok. I'll we aware of this, and might bottle some to see how it tastes in a week or two.