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Old 03-30-2009, 07:48 AM   #211
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That is too funny - I only have boys and they are grossed out. They are grossed out by anything that is remotely good for them except broccoli!

Kefir, raw milk, plain yogurt, boocha - all homemade they are grossed out, my teens call them all my science experiments!
[COLOR="DimGray"]Well, my son is 16 & he's trying to be a bit more healthy in his eating so this appeals to him and the fact that it tastes remotely alcoholic [/COLOR]
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Wow, I'm only on page 4 of this thread but I'm so excited to start making my own kombucha! I do have a quick question for you master brewers, I read a post that said you can grow your own scoby from the commercial raw kombucha. Sorry if this has already been asked or answered, but are there exact directions for doing so? TIA!!! I love kombucha, it's just too expensive to keep up the habit buying it commercially.
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So, I have not tried plain kombucha - I REALLY like the flavored ones. When do you add the fruit flavoring - and is it real fruit or fruit juices?
I really like the flavored ones instead of plain, too. I haven't bought one store bought so I'm not sure if this will be close or not...

This is how I've flavored a couple of the second-brew jugs...

I've sliced 2-3 slices of ginger, and put in a little honey. Brew about a week to get really fizzy.

Also, I've put in about 1/2 T of my homemade grape jelly in a 12 oz bottle to flavor. Again about a week or so and it's fizzy. DH says this one tastes like wine. My grape jelly is really strong, so I don't know what you might use for store bought jelly. When I juice my grapes this year, I think I will freeze some in cubes to flavor with kombucha without all the extra sugar/pectin.
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I really like the flavored ones instead of plain, too. I haven't bought one store bought so I'm not sure if this will be close or not...

This is how I've flavored a couple of the second-brew jugs...

I've sliced 2-3 slices of ginger, and put in a little honey. Brew about a week to get really fizzy.

Also, I've put in about 1/2 T of my homemade grape jelly in a 12 oz bottle to flavor. Again about a week or so and it's fizzy. DH says this one tastes like wine. My grape jelly is really strong, so I don't know what you might use for store bought jelly. When I juice my grapes this year, I think I will freeze some in cubes to flavor with kombucha without all the extra sugar/pectin.
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Wow, Angela, thanks! I don't make my own jelly, but I am wondering how scoby would do with store bought - surely, they have HFCS. We touched on this perviously, but no one has had experience with feeding HFCS to a scoby although we know what it does to kids
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Wow, I'm only on page 4 of this thread but I'm so excited to start making my own kombucha! I do have a quick question for you master brewers, I read a post that said you can grow your own scoby from the commercial raw kombucha. Sorry if this has already been asked or answered, but are there exact directions for doing so? TIA!!! I love kombucha, it's just too expensive to keep up the habit buying it commercially.

[COLOR="Orange"]I don't know for sure if the scoby develops, but you can brew a bottle in a few ounces of leftover kombucha.

I will leave the growing scoby question to the scoby mommies. I think most have "adopted" their scobies.
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Thanks JoSkids! I have the book Nourishing Traditions with directions on how to make Kombacha, but the directions say to add the scobe to the tea brew (along with starter from a previous batch). I can buy commercial kombacha for the starter, but getting the scobe is the hard part! If I could just make a scobe from the commercial stuff that would be awesome!

ETA: I did some searching and found a link to making your own scobe's from commercial Kombacha! I'm going to pick some up tomorrow and try it! I'll post the results when/if I get a scobe!

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Thanks JoSkids! I have the book Nourishing Traditions with directions on how to make Kombacha, but the directions say to add the scobe to the tea brew (along with starter from a previous batch). I can buy commercial kombacha for the starter, but getting the scobe is the hard part! If I could just make a scobe from the commercial stuff that would be awesome!

ETA: I did some searching and found a link to making your own scobe's from commercial Kombacha! I'm going to pick some up tomorrow and try it! I'll post the results when/if I get a scobe!
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Sure! Here is one link (it's a HUGE post, but the directions are the first post).

Growing My Own Kombucha Scoby - MotheringDotCommunity Forums

And here is another one I found with videos.

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Sure! Here is one link (it's a HUGE post, but the directions are the first post).

Growing My Own Kombucha Scoby - MotheringDotCommunity Forums

And here is another one I found with videos.

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Wow, I'm only on page 4 of this thread but I'm so excited to start making my own kombucha! I do have a quick question for you master brewers, I read a post that said you can grow your own scoby from the commercial raw kombucha. Sorry if this has already been asked or answered, but are there exact directions for doing so? TIA!!! I love kombucha, it's just too expensive to keep up the habit buying it commercially.

YUP - done it - well it was an experiment just to see if it could be done. Use a plain bottle of GT's pour 1/2 the bottle in to a qt jar w/ tea and sugar - cover and wait... oh yea drink the other 1/2 bottle. It was a bit slower, but once it got going the scobys were just as healthy as my other ones.

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[COLOR="Teal"]A wallet to hold all the money that you save from having to buy commercially made kombucha & a purse to put that wallet in[/COLOR]
OOOh I like that!!! I could cut some scoby as strings and punch holes in the material and stitch it together summer camp style. (I've never been to kids summer camp but I can pretend )

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Wow, I'm only on page 4 of this thread but I'm so excited to start making my own kombucha! I do have a quick question for you master brewers, I read a post that said you can grow your own scoby from the commercial raw kombucha. Sorry if this has already been asked or answered, but are there exact directions for doing so? TIA!!! I love kombucha, it's just too expensive to keep up the habit buying it commercially.
the directions are the same as if you didn't have a scoby, you just need some live kombucha tea to start with. un pasteurized kombucha will still have all the yeast and bacteria in it that do the work, the scoby is just the cellulose pad that is made to house them. Kombucha can ripen without it if it is strong and live enough, but transfering scoby is like transplanting a whole apartment building of workers to a new work site with a free buffet!

Any one of us could send you a scoby if your trial doesn't work, or if you just want a head start with a friendly slippery rubbery new friend.
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Ooooo, I'd love a scoby if you have a spare and are willing to share!
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[COLOR="Olive"]From what I am reading in this link Growing My Own Kombucha Scoby - MotheringDotCommunity Forums - thank you BikerAng, I sucked down a perfectly good baby scoby last night Oh well, there will be others and I can't start brewing yet since I will be leaving next week... I am really anxious to get started though. This is so cool!!![/COLOR]
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Definately keep some of the kombucha when you start a brew, otherwise your tea might not be acidic enough to keep out germs. I would even keep the entire bottle of kombucha to start. It might take 2 weeks to get things going enough the first time or two. I started with about a cup of vinegar and a couple of scoby pieces from my friend, and it took about a month before I had something really good and fizzy. Now I have a scoby about 1 inch thick in my quart jar, and can do a batch of 1st brew in 5 days or so, and it's strong enough to do a second ferment in about a week.
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I have plenty if someone doesn't hook you up, however, I won't be back home where they live, until Sunday!

Just let me know if you don't get one before then and I can mail it out monday.
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Definately keep some of the kombucha when you start a brew, otherwise your tea might not be acidic enough to keep out germs. I would even keep the entire bottle of kombucha to start. It might take 2 weeks to get things going enough the first time or two. I started with about a cup of vinegar and a couple of scoby pieces from my friend, and it took about a month before I had something really good and fizzy. Now I have a scoby about 1 inch thick in my quart jar, and can do a batch of 1st brew in 5 days or so, and it's strong enough to do a second ferment in about a week.
[COLOR="DarkSlateBlue"]He was in my bottle of synergy. I drink whatever is in there. Just kind of looked like backwash, but now I know better. I'm still drinking it if it's there, but if I am brewing, I am definitely keeping that bottle as a starter. I am not brewing yet. I am going to start in a couple of weeks when I get back from my vacation. DH can't be trusted to "babysit".[/COLOR]

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I know, I need to just make "friends" with the scoby...
If I see some slimy floaties, I just pour off the top then start drinking. I'm sure the scoby would be good form me, maybe I'll get there.

I'd be tempted to just open the top of your bottle and hide it in a cupboard somewhere, then you would have it ready for some fresh tea when you get back. Or pour it into a mason jar so it would have more surface area.
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I'd be tempted to just open the top of your bottle and hide it in a cupboard somewhere, then you would have it ready for some fresh tea when you get back. Or pour it into a mason jar so it would have more surface area.

[COLOR="DarkOrchid"]Angela, thanks for this advice. I thought about doing that but cause I am a newbie at this, I kind of wanted to be around while it grew, but really, if I have to wait a week for the scoby to develop, might as well do it while I am not there and all anxious for it to grow - checking on it every minute, every hour, every day

Do you think there will be enough liquid from a 16oz bottle to keep it going for a week or should I add some sweet tea?
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[COLOR="DarkOrchid"]Angela, thanks for this advice. I thought about doing that but cause I am a newbie at this, I kind of wanted to be around while it grew, but really, if I have to wait a week for the scoby to develop, might as well do it while I am not there and all anxious for it to grow - checking on it every minute, every hour, every day

Do you think there will be enough liquid from a 16oz bottle to keep it going for a week or should I add some sweet tea?
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I would add some fresh sweet tea - I second the thought of starting it now cause while it does grow from GT's it is slow and frustrating not to see any changes... start it now and hide it away and when you get back you should have a new scoby.

When you look for a bottle of GT's look for one with a LOT of junk in the bottom -

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[COLOR="DarkSlateBlue"]Just as a quick reference - cause I am feeling lazy today - what is the ratio of sugar to tea? I know I will find the answer later today as I read through some more of the links that were posted yesterday, but it would be nice to have a reference on the boards that I check most (although it has probably already been posted and I have read it and forgotten - mind like a sieve, yah know.[/COLOR]
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[COLOR="DarkSlateBlue"]Just as a quick reference - cause I am feeling lazy today - what is the ratio of sugar to tea? I know I will find the answer later today as I read through some more of the links that were posted yesterday, but it would be nice to have a reference on the boards that I check most (although it has probably already been posted and I have read it and forgotten - mind like a sieve, yah know.[/COLOR]
I use 1 1/4 cup to a gallon - w/ 12 tea bags - usually 4 black, 4 white, and 4 green...
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[COLOR="Magenta"]My Little Scoby! My Little Scoby!
[COLOR="Purple"]What will Today's Kombucha Be?[/COLOR]
My Little Scoby! My Little Scoby!
[COLOR="Purple"]Will you make a Brand New Drink for Me?[/COLOR]
Will You Grow Stronger, if You Brew Longer?
[COLOR="Purple"]Fizzy and Bubbly Inside![/COLOR]
My Little Scoby! My Little Scoby!
[COLOR="Purple"]We Love Your Beverage Worldwide.[/COLOR]
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[COLOR="Magenta"]I'm a My Little Scoby Mommy
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In My Family!
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LOL! This thread is cracking me up!
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