Crastney

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    Crastney got a reaction from Seafarer in The crazy things people say   
    I know it's bad form to quote yourself, but... in October/November time I asked the wife if she'd do Whole30 'properly' in January.  I thought I'd give her lots of advance warning. She initially said she would if I prepared all of the meals (!?!).  nearer the time I had to remind her to read the books as preparation (like ISWF, which i got her as a birthday present in April which she still hasn't read) - she skim read the Whole30 cookbook.  I'm not sure but I still dont' think she has read ISWF, as some of the things she says make me think she hasn't...  She cooked a stir fry, and as I sat down, I said 'ooh, make sure you don't eat the sweet corn' - she'd bought a pack of mixed stir fry veg with baby sweetcorn in it thinking that they would be ok as a Veg.  when I pointed out that they were 'corn' she didn't know that that was not ok.  I couldn't persuade her, as 'I've not read the book yet, because I can't read it till she's read it, as it's her present' ! (I have really - but don't tell her).  Anyway, she only had half a baby sweetcorn, and spat out the rest, and was all like 'I've not failed!  I'm not starting over!  I'm on day 27 FFS!' ...
    the boy and I are going to my mothers at the weekend.  She asked if there was anything I wanted them to buy for my meals (especially breakfast).  I said not to bother buying anything special in (they don't have much spare money), and that I'd eat what they have, as I'll have finished the 30 days.  She said, but you can eat toast right?  I said no as it's made from flour, ie wheat/grain/gluten.  She said 'but people have eaten bread for thousands of years!' - I had to point out that there's a difference in eating the only thing you've got available so that you don't starve, and having everything possible available and chosing the most healthiest options.  I think she realised she'd lost that argument as she changed the subject.
    She also says I shouldn't lose any more weight, and that this healthy eating isn't good for me, and that I need to eat more!  Three large meals a day, and I need to eat more!  my F-I-L the other day had a good one - he was asking the wife (his daughter) if she'd noticed any differences, and after a short conversation about it he said 'it is something that one could become obsessed with though.'  I think he was making a point that maybe I am obsessed with it, and am losing too much weight, to an unhealthy level.
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    Crastney got a reaction from SweetEnough in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    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?
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    Crastney got a reaction from NoMoreCrunchyCravings in The crazy things people say   
    If that was me I'd ask if he'd get me to pick up a 6 pack of beer and a fifth of bourbon, if I was a recovering alcoholic, or if he would ask me to pick up a packet of cigarettes if he knew that I'd quit smoking - his answer would surely be 'no', so why ask me to pick up diet coke if he knows I'm steering clear of it?  unless he's one of those people who say, what's the harm in you buying it for me?  You're not consuming it.  That's the kind of person you really don't need as a friend during Whole 30.
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    Crastney got a reaction from bethross in Recommendation for Multi-Vitamins   
    we're not doctors, our advice is just that, advice.  If you feel you need more energy, then I suggest that you increase your meal size slightly.
     
    if you have real concerns than consult a qualified nutritionalist, or your GP.
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    Crastney got a reaction from NoMoreCrunchyCravings in The crazy things people say   
    Colleague:  Wow you always eat so healthily!
    Me: yeah, you should see what I eat at the weekends
     
    at breakfast with MIL
    MIL - what's this 'cashew butter?' looks a bit posh (ie expensive) - what's wrong with peanut butter?
    Me: - peanuts aren't allowed on Whole30
    MIL: but you're not doing Whole30 at the moment.
    "I know, but we like it, and there's some left, so we're eating it"
    "but you're not allergic to peanuts!"  (thanks for confirming that for me, I'd never have known! - I've never actually been tested, and I could be very slightly allergic, without knowing - that's what W30 is for right?  but she just 'knows' that I'm not allergic!  )
    ... she reads a bit of ISWF
    "You can't have alcohol on Whole30! - I'll take back that bottle of Limnocello that we just gave you then if you're not going to be able to drink it" (they're just back from a trip to Italy)
    "we're not doing Whole30 at the moment! we can have alcohol if we chose to" (didn't you see me sharing a bottle of wine with you at dinner only last night!?)
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    Crastney got a reaction from Seafarer in The crazy things people say   
    I know it's bad form to quote yourself, but... in October/November time I asked the wife if she'd do Whole30 'properly' in January.  I thought I'd give her lots of advance warning. She initially said she would if I prepared all of the meals (!?!).  nearer the time I had to remind her to read the books as preparation (like ISWF, which i got her as a birthday present in April which she still hasn't read) - she skim read the Whole30 cookbook.  I'm not sure but I still dont' think she has read ISWF, as some of the things she says make me think she hasn't...  She cooked a stir fry, and as I sat down, I said 'ooh, make sure you don't eat the sweet corn' - she'd bought a pack of mixed stir fry veg with baby sweetcorn in it thinking that they would be ok as a Veg.  when I pointed out that they were 'corn' she didn't know that that was not ok.  I couldn't persuade her, as 'I've not read the book yet, because I can't read it till she's read it, as it's her present' ! (I have really - but don't tell her).  Anyway, she only had half a baby sweetcorn, and spat out the rest, and was all like 'I've not failed!  I'm not starting over!  I'm on day 27 FFS!' ...
    the boy and I are going to my mothers at the weekend.  She asked if there was anything I wanted them to buy for my meals (especially breakfast).  I said not to bother buying anything special in (they don't have much spare money), and that I'd eat what they have, as I'll have finished the 30 days.  She said, but you can eat toast right?  I said no as it's made from flour, ie wheat/grain/gluten.  She said 'but people have eaten bread for thousands of years!' - I had to point out that there's a difference in eating the only thing you've got available so that you don't starve, and having everything possible available and chosing the most healthiest options.  I think she realised she'd lost that argument as she changed the subject.
    She also says I shouldn't lose any more weight, and that this healthy eating isn't good for me, and that I need to eat more!  Three large meals a day, and I need to eat more!  my F-I-L the other day had a good one - he was asking the wife (his daughter) if she'd noticed any differences, and after a short conversation about it he said 'it is something that one could become obsessed with though.'  I think he was making a point that maybe I am obsessed with it, and am losing too much weight, to an unhealthy level.
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    Crastney got a reaction from Kabob in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    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 to be absorbed back into the liquid.
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    Crastney got a reaction from Kabob in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    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 to be absorbed back into the liquid.
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    Crastney got a reaction from Kabob in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    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 to be absorbed back into the liquid.
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    Crastney got a reaction from Kabob in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    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 21, should be fine.
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    Crastney got a reaction from jmcbn 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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    Crastney 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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    Crastney got a reaction from jenmidge in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    my culture scoby starter is certainly looking like it'll be a goer!
    I was worried that it was going slowly, so I did another mug of tea, 4 tsp of sugar, left to steep and cool down, then added that to my starter jar.  this morning there is definite circle of scoby floating on the top!  hurrah!
    I obviously need to multiply it up into a bigger jar, then let it ferment and then bottle.  Obviously the caffeine will be less - normal tea is one tea bag per 330ml mug, roughly.  this is x tea bags per litre, and you only have a small glass at a time, and you drink it with another glass of water anyway.  I don't think any caffeine is lost during fermentation though.
    how soon can I start a continual brew in one of those jars with a tap?
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    Crastney got a reaction from CaseyP in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    there is sediment, but the lovekombucha website says that that would be from the ginger juice.  The earlier link to culturing your own suggests to only use a live culture that is unflavoured.  no harm in trying anyway.  I've had far too much of it today (400ml?) and not enough water besides, so I'll keep what's left and try to culture it up.
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    Crastney got a reaction from jgmoses1 in Reintroducing sugar?   
    I would go with the healthiest natural sweetener you can find, in my opinion, something like honey.
    or an unrefined, unbleached granulated sugar?
    in recipes different sugars are used for their different flavours or characteristics (dissolvability?) etc.
    if it specifies light muscovado, then use light muscovado, not black treacle, or icing sugar, say.
    depends what you're making though, and if you really want to re-introduce sugar again, now that your body is finely attuned to produce energy from the healthy fats that you're eating.
    if you're making a cake for a friend/relative, and you're not going to eat any... then hey, just follow the recipe.
     
    artificial sweeteners are way worse than natural sugars - they are far higher concentration of sweetness, and there is evidence that they may cause cancer in large enough doses!
     
    also depends on the recipe - some things you can just leave out the sugar completely.
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    Crastney got a reaction from Puckertoe in Help! Resources in the UK   
    I've substituted Rooibos for tea, can't remember the make, and also got some chai tea bags too, I'll check the make when I'm back as they're compliant.
     
    We get an A&C fruit and veg box, I'm thinking of changing it to just veg, and maybe more, as we've suddenly started using it all up with a few days to go, and having to buy more veg in Sainsbury.  We always used to have leftover veg each week, and never sure what to do with it.