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    CaseyP reacted to Cathy125 in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    I just wanted to share that I tried my first bottle of my homemade Komucha last night.  It had only been 2 days at F2  in the cooler.  I choose the Ginger/Lemonade flavor.
    Oh My - - SOOO much better than store bought- It had a hint of carbonation and interesting to me that I was satisfied w/ just 1/2 of the bottle and put
    the rest in the fridge for today.  I left my other 3 bottles in the cooler and will tranfer them to the fridge tonight giving them an extra day to ferment.
    One thing I'm not sure about is how to know it's ready...  So much depends on the amount of starter tea / temperature .  They say to determine when ready is to just start  up to tasting it each day after about a week.  I let mine go about 2 weeks before I bottled it - To me it tastes wonderful but, still leary if it was long enough for the cup of sugar in
    my sweet tea batch to be consumed.   I know that testing the PH level will help to determine this??  I've got my strips on order but, have not yet received so for my next batch
    will try to use that as a gauge  along with the taste test... So much to learn yet about this process.
      Can't hardly wait to start to explore the endless combination of flavors.. 
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    CaseyP reacted to suth_n_belle in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    To whoever was asking about washing your kombucha implements with dish detergent ... I would just rinse them really well, then do a final rinse with vinegar. Always rinse with vinegar as a final step. I run my jars through the dishwasher with the other dishes, but then I do a quick vinegar rinse before pouring in the kombucha. 
    Also, a tip if you like the swing-top lid beer bottles ... I bought the Grolsch beer and just poured out the beer, there were 4 bottles in the pack, that's about as cheap as you can buy that kind of bottle. They are excellent for single-serve kombucha brewing. Add a little ginger to your second ferment, and it will carbonate quite nicely! (Use care when opening, contents will be under pressure)
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    CaseyP reacted to jenmidge in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Thanks for the info. I like the sound of my first Scoby baby.
    I've taken on board all advice and went shopping for a bigger brewing vessel after work tonight. I ended up buying a 1.5 gallon CB jar.  I hope my Scoby wont feel too overwhelmed as he is being delivered with a much smaller jar. (why he is male, I've no idea.). I  just need him/it to arrive now so I can start brewing. I've read that I can't wash out the brewing jar with detergent so I've rinsed it out with vinegar and water. What about my bottles? I think I've probably already washed them out with detergent, does this matter?
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    CaseyP reacted to ladyshanny in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Don't cover any part of your brews (hotel or regular brew) with a lid that is not completely porous. The scoby needs plenty of oxygen. Just cover with a towel, coffee filter or paper towel and a rubber band.
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    CaseyP reacted to jenmidge in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    I ordered my starter kit from Happy Kombucha. We have a T K Maxx in town so I'll check it out. I've just had a quick look on Amazon and they have some lovely jars. Thanks for the tips. 
    Hey Casey, it's so great that I get to share my new obsession with you
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    CaseyP got a reaction from jmcbn in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Hi. Great to find this thread. Ive been brewing kombucha off and on for several years, though im not familiar with much of the terminology  you're  using.... F1 and F2 and hotels.... tho i imagine  i can figure it out 
    I had to throw a bunch out today because i stored them too long on the counter before getting new tea put in and they went moldy. Fortunately i had quite a few Scobys in the fridge so i disinfected the jars and started over.
    I agree that a half gallon container wont be enough!  Ive been making about a gallon and a half and run out before the next batch is ready.  My goal is to get enough brewing jars to have 2 or 3 staggered batches going.
    I love it!! I had to run some scobys down the disposal today and i cringed and felt sorry for them, and guilty