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Sophie, folded SCOBY looks lovely!! I have to admit, when I pulled my SCOBYs from my two containers, I sort of cleaned the brown stringy stuff off. I don't know if that was bad, but being a tidy person, I could not help myself. It was all I could do to not run them under the tap to really get them shiny and white. :o

 

Derval, I think maybe try leaving it doing it's second ferment thing longer. Mine so the same thing on a smaller scale. I see a little fizz when I bottle them. Then it's barely a tongue tickle (oh my) when I sit to drink them. There are lots of tricks to get fizz, but we won't discuss those yet. No need to get all complicated quite yet. Also...hmmm..you didn't flavor it with anything and some sort of sugar is needed to make the fizz, but you had so much fizz right off the bat. It's all such a fun puzzle. :wub:

 

Megmac, I have done both. My original SCOBY and it's babies had to be thrown out because of mold. I decided to make my own SCOBY to see if that would increase the fizz factor. I now have two big SCOBYs and two babies and am going to go back to CB (the big green in my picture is what I use) and one batch. I like the idea of both, but not sure why. I think I just love the whole process now that it doesn't give me nervous butterflies in my stomach. :P

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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) a

Awesome idea! Plus one for the n00bs right here ... Three weeks ago I didn't know what kombucha was, and now I (hopefully) have a pet SCOBY growing in my kitchen. Either that or I am farming mould.

Just thought I'd share a pic of my 2 1/2 gallon SCOBY and brew, Denver, started by a dear friend and jazz musician several years ago from a bottle of GT's. He passed it along to me when he moved

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"I must admit that I'm struggling with the grossout factor."

 

I empathize.  My hubinator is so geeked out by the SCOBY and yeasties that he won't even come in the kitchen when I am bottling.  A friend of mine gags when ever I open a bottle in her presence (I think she's putting it on but, I humor her anyway and laugh). 

 

I think it's interesting, try to think of it as a science experiment!  Good stuff :P

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"when I pulled my SCOBYs from my two containers, I sort of cleaned the brown stringy stuff off. I don't know if that was bad"

Susan, those strings are actually yeasts that will help make your 2F fizzy. You want to keep 'em around, from the reading I have done.

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Oh I know they are good brown strings but I seriously couldn't help myself. I think CB is better for me because I won't be messing with my poor SCOBYs. :0)

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Well, there are some pretty cool clothes made out of dried SCOBYs!  When you have a bunch of babies Susan, you could wash 'em and pin 'em out to dry :D

 

Also, for CB, do you just add back in as much sweetened tea as you took out?  So you just keep tea around to add, or do you have a big bottling day where you then replace at that time.  I think I haven't switched yet because I don't quite get it.

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Lizz for CB, you put in what you take out when about 25% is gone. I have even gone as low as 70%. You could replenish every time you take one bottle out but that sounds too high maintenance. When you take only 25%, it only takes a day or two to convert to Kombucha. It took longer when I took 70% but maybe 5 days?

I like it because I am not tempted to make a jacket with my SCOBYs with CB. ;0) You only touch the SCOBY when you want to peel off a baby to make a scarf or when you clean out your vessel 3-4 times a year.

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Back in business after QUITE the booch fiasco. I had way too many food projects going on and made twice as much tea as I needed. So, I made two batch and one big CB. I hadn't kept enough of the starter booch so I ran to WF and bought two bottles. Got everyone set and had some left in one of the bottles. I tipped it back and got a big old icky string of goo. I dont mind little yeasty bits but this thing almost required the heimlich. Bleck!!

All is well in booch land now.

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Susan, so you are serious about opening booch bar, I see :D

Renée, are you sure this thread should be up all time? I wonder how many new member were scared by this crazy talk here. Booch porn, like Mo said.

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Lol..Booch Bar. My daughter is convinced we should open one. I tell her this thread is my virtual booch bar. :)

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Back in business after QUITE the booch fiasco. I had way too many food projects going on and made twice as much tea as I needed. So, I made two batch and one big CB. I hadn't kept enough of the starter booch so I ran to WF and bought two bottles. Got everyone set and had some left in one of the bottles. I tipped it back and got a big old icky string of goo. I dont mind little yeasty bits but this thing almost required the heimlich. Bleck!!

All is well in booch land now.

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I just gagged for you!

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