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Old 05-13-2009, 01:57 PM   #421
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My babies! They keep growing up and moving away. Some just move to the fancy new jars down the shelf, but some of them have vanished, never to be seen again! Oh, my poor babies!
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My babies! They keep growing up and moving away. Some just move to the fancy new jars down the shelf, but some of them have vanished, never to be seen again! Oh, my poor babies!
[COLOR="Indigo"]Well, some scoby therapists put all the blame on the mother Just be wary of them.[/COLOR]
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Old 05-13-2009, 04:26 PM   #423
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So that brings me to another question... I know at some point I will have to par down my scoby - I doubt anyone I know would want the remainder. So basically.... I throw some of it away?! I feel like a criminal just thinking about it!
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[COLOR="DarkGreen"]I tasted the brew just now and about coughed myself to death- sucked the liquid a bit too vigorously and it went right down the wrong pipe! Other than that, it is still too sweet, but I could tell there is a hint of tartness starting- maybe try again Fri. or Sat.. Got a small piece of ginger root at the store for one flavor, and just ordered some concentrates for the others- got cranberry, blueberry, and pomegranate. Also picked up another jar of pickles so I have another brewing jar or a safe place to store the extra scobies.[/COLOR]

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Old 05-13-2009, 07:28 PM   #425
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my first batch took 2 weeks (maybe a little longer). The second batch took about 10 days or so. Got the third batch brewing now, only on day 3 though. I think it really depends on the warmth of your house that determines the brewing time.

Kamalam - I feel bad thinking about tossing out any of my scoby's too! My SIL loves kombucha and I'm going to give her some scoby's to start brewing her own. I'm going to try to find people that want scoby's so I don't feel guilty :GASP: throwing them away! I may also compost some if I have more than I can find homes for.
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Old 05-14-2009, 09:05 AM   #428
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I've heard that chickens and dogs like to chew on them.
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I'll dry some out too then, and give them to my MIL who has a bunch of chickens and dogs! Natural chew toys, cool!
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my first batch took 2 weeks (maybe a little longer). The second batch took about 10 days or so. Got the third batch brewing now, only on day 3 though. I think it really depends on the warmth of your house that determines the brewing time.

Kamalam - I feel bad thinking about tossing out any of my scoby's too! My SIL loves kombucha and I'm going to give her some scoby's to start brewing her own. I'm going to try to find people that want scoby's so I don't feel guilty :GASP: throwing them away! I may also compost some if I have more than I can find homes for.
Ang, composting sounds like a winner... Thanks for that great suggestion! Wonder if there was a way to dehydrate and eat?? Or is that kind of weird? Just had a thought about scoby crackers!
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Maybe with the new ones that form because they are so thin? I think they would be VERY chewy though.
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even the one i dehydrated is still flexible and rubbery I think eating it would not be pleasant. It still smells like itself.
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/wow and the vinegeryness of it would be a great toner!
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I have been feeding my extras and huge ones to the compost pile... Something in our yard - deer, coyotes, which animal likes them, cause they are always gone the next morning...

I'm going to have healthy wild life!
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even the one i dehydrated is still flexible and rubbery I think eating it would not be pleasant. It still smells like itself.
Slice it thin and fry like Japanese noodles?

I'm willing to try anything. If it turns out bad I don't necessarily have to admit to having tried it. Or maybe serve them to tourists...
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I have been feeding my extras and huge ones to the compost pile... Something in our yard - deer, coyotes, which animal likes them, cause they are always gone the next morning...

I'm going to have healthy wild life!
[COLOR="RoyalBlue"]Scoby & coyotes?! Better keep an eye on that little yorkie![/COLOR]
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Slice it thin and fry like Japanese noodles?

I'm willing to try anything. If it turns out bad I don't necessarily have to admit to having tried it. Or maybe serve them to tourists...
I hope you let us know... I am very curious if it is edible in any way!
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[COLOR="DarkGreen"]Today was bottling day for my 1st batch of kombucha. I like the plain as I did it. Not too tart, yet not sweet, and very refreshing ! I made two plain, 3 ginger, and had about 8 oz. left that I chilled and drank (the rest went for the new starter). The others I am letting ferment a few more days to get the fizz facter going.
Looking at the scobies, there are so many layers, I was amazed! Now just waiting for the juice concentrates to arrive so I can flavor the next batch of KT that's brewing.
Man, is this fun or what! [/COLOR]

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It is so fun, Pepperette! Let us know how the fizz factor turns out. That's one aspect of the process we want to improve. For some reason we lose our fizz after bottling and I'm not sure why yet. (Very cute video, btw! I'm a little concerned with their casual handling of the "spores" lol - hope they washed their hands at least! Something tells me they weren't that concerned with "sterile technique." Ha, ha, but they were cute. Nice to see such young kids getting on the kombucha train).

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Geeky kids, the scoby isn't a spore,Duh! It's a cellulose pad! Yay!

That was so cute, they were having a Kombucha Making Party. I wash my hands and nails with a nail brush and rinse with water and white vinegar when I mess around with my scoby and tea and stuff. If I have any scrapes it really stings, so I know I'm sterile before handing. but I also don't handle the scoby unless I'm getting one to ship out.

Faia, Are you nuts, you really wanna eat that thing. It'd probably block you up with so much fiber!!!! Asian noodles indeed!
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Faia, Are you nuts, you really wanna eat that thing. It'd probably block you up with so much fiber!!!! Asian noodles indeed!
I'd have to wait until we reach the point of throwing one out before any experimentation. If it doesn't work I can pretend the idea never existed and I do have friends with dogs so...

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Get's popcorn to watch the battle . . .

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Had to do it...

[COLOR="Red"]Warning- some bad and/or weird things here...[/COLOR]


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Eat your Vegetables!

Thanks Pepperette. that cheered me up in ways unbeknownst to lesser mankind.

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[COLOR="DarkGreen"]Just one of the things I found while searching for "educational" kombucha info![/COLOR]
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That was VERY educational. I didn't know there were so many ways to slap a man with a scoby. I'm sure the list hasn't been exhausted either. Wonder what we could add?

ETA: Ha! I see you've added a warning label!!!

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LOL! Scoby slap, that was hilarious!
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[COLOR="DarkGreen"]Got my flavors today! Bottled Sat. eve.- can I add the flavors tonight? Was going to refrigerate the second ferment Wed. eve. Would adding the flavors now hurt the process?[/COLOR]

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[COLOR="DarkGreen"]Got my flavors today! Bottled Sat. eve.- can I add the flavors tonight? Was going to refrigerate the second ferment Wed. eve. Would adding the flavors now hurt the process?[/COLOR]

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From everything I have read, the flavors go in at bottling. If you open them now you will lose what fizz you have managed.

Tomorrow is day 8, the first tasting. Lacking fancy stuff like ph strips or hydrometer we will have to rely on palate alone. ("What do you think?" "Eliphino..." )

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