Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered


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Congrats on your haul!  I too am starting to think about procuring some swing top bottles.

 

Problem is, neither hubby nor I drink.  (Tummy issues for him, Asian glow for me).  So either we have a house party and force-feed our guests Grolsch or I find a store which sells swingtop bottles.

 

1st world booch problems!

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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'm worried about Scooby.  This morning he is back at the top, but looks very, very small.  I'm wondering if the Earl Grey was the wrong choice after all, or if maybe I don't have enough sugar?  I had to guess at the amount of water and ended up with more than a gallon, and used 1 1/3 cups of sugar.  Maybe I'm just being impatient, but I'm thinking maybe I should start another one just in case.

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I just re-read the article in the early part of the forum, and it says to let the plain booch sit for 5 days before you add sugar to grow the scoby.  I did mine from another article online that said to start it in the sweet tea with store bought booch from the beginning. 

 

Thoughts? 

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Clearly there are many ways to do this!  I grew my SCOBY first in a smaller amount of liquid (bottle of plain booch, one cup of black tea and 1 tablespoon sugar) and started brewing my first batch about 2 weeks later.  I know Nadia grew her first SCOBY by just letting a bottle of booch ferment in a jar without adding anything to it.

 

I hadn't heard of growing the SCOBY and simultaneously getting your first batch of kombucha, but my experience is really limited!

 

I'm sure Scooby is fine, Frank was very thin when I got the go ahead from the lovely ladies here and he still is, even on his second batch.  Are you getting a film across the entire surface of the booch?  That's what keeps happening to me and because my jar is big, it means a very wide, super thin film.  So I'm not getting these nice thick spongy looking monsters that I keep seeing in pictures.  The moving around the jar is definitely not a problem.

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When I first started brewing I had no faith that the thing floating on top of the tea would actually become something!  After a few cycles, more and more babies will be produced and the SCOBY will appear thicker, creamier, and more like what you see in pictures.  It took a good many cycles for me to feel like Hazel was at any sort of good place.  Have faith though, they are hardy little buggers.  I grew mine spontaneously by combining a bottle of plain GT's and 2 cups of sweet tea and a dash of raw ACV.  Let is sit for weeks in a 1/2 gallon mason jar until the SCOBY grew across the entire surface.  I then transferred her to a new batch of sweet tea and let her sit for another few weeks.  Others may have a quicker method but this worked for me and I am super pleased with my robust little family of yeasties and bacteria :wub:

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Speaking of babies, I am proud to announce that Nadia (my SCOBY) is in her first trimester. She already has a layer forming at the top of my booch whilst she rests below. Such a proud moment!

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Yay Nadia!  :)

 

I don't know whether to high-five Frankie or be disgusted with him.  He appears to be mating with his own baby (they are FUSED together now) while a new film grows all over them.  Ugh, maybe he is like Craster from Game of Thrones.  Your Nadia is going about this in a much more ladylike fashion.  As I should expect!

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Totally!!

I'm trying really hard to be happy for kb's Nadia, but I have a bad case of scoby envy.

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Have you started Plan B yet?

 

I think the SCOBY envy and desperate impatience is a rite of passage for every budding booch brewer.  I was telling Frank (before he was called Frank) to please hurry up and grow every night and hubby was convinced I had lost my very last marble.  It will happen.  Soon you'll be like Susan with SCOBYs giving birth all over the show!

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I have not made it back to WF yet, so no plan B.  But I might not need it...this morning I had little patches of stuff on the surface!  :D

 

I may go ahead with plan B anyway, since I'm sure I'll be at WF this weekend.  (They call to check on me if I'm not there at least 2ce/week.)  I'm easily drinking a bottle/day (more on the weekend), so I'm thinking I can't have too much booch in my fridge!

 

I really am happy for your Nadia KB-you are giving me much hope! :)

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I have not made it back to WF yet, so no plan B.  But I might not need it...this morning I had little patches of stuff on the surface!  :D

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Hoorah!  Sending slimy, goopy vibes your way.  Go Scooby!

 

I have more SCOBY photos!  For the sake of contrast.  Here is my new, unplanned baby.  (We'll call her a happy accident).  Swimming in her jar of white tea.  Isn't she lovely?

 

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And here is Frank and his first baby, in an unholy embrace.  What an abomination.  (Still love him though).

 

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