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Old 08-06-2013, 04:03 PM   #1
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Seeking kombucha brewers support.

New to kombucha. Love it. Want to start homr brewing. Looking for how to get startrd.
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Old 08-06-2013, 04:31 PM   #2
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Well, first you get a jar, then you get or grow a scoby.
Then you brew some tea, and sweeten it with real white sugar. No honey, honey!
Then you cool the tea, and put it in your jar, and add some white distilled vinegar.
No Apple Cider, you lush!
Then you float that scoby in that jar and cover the whole shebang with a tightly woven non shedding cloth and rubber band.
Then you wait, and you taste, and you wait and you taste, till you like it.
Then you put it in some bottles , or you drink it, but not before taking some out, and starting again, but using the finished kombucha as the vinegar the second time.
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Or you can buy some kombucha, make some sweet tea and pour the kombucha into the tea and wait , and grow your own scoby from the starter tea you just made.

Congratulations, you've just made your own Kombucha. Now wasn't that easy?
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Old 08-06-2013, 05:44 PM   #3
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Wow, thanks! Didn't know I could raise my own scoby. Can't believe I am going to go buy WHITE SUGAR! Wonder what the ancients used? Will have to smuggle it in in the dark of night.
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Old 08-07-2013, 04:44 AM   #4
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Metqa, I've never used vinegar in my home brew, is there a reason why I should start?

I've always used some brew from the previous batch...

Cici, welcome to the wonderful world of kombucha!!!!!!

I've given scobys to friends and used them for my compost heap... You grow a new scoby each brew, so you can imagine....

I used unrefined cane sugar, it's not white but light brown. It has not gone through a bleaching process. I also use oolong tea or green tea or a combination of the two to make my kombucha. It really depends on your tastes! I do recommend starting off simple, with white sugar and black tea and once you get the hang of it you can experiment a little with the type of sugar (no honey!!!) and the type of tea (no fruit or herbal infusions!!!) and doing a second ferment with fruits or fruit juices...

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Old 08-07-2013, 05:46 AM   #5
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White vinegar is only for starting from scratch when you don't have any actual liquid kombucha to provide the acid environment to protect the sweet tea from undesirable pathogens while the scoby is establishing residence. If you have finished kombucha, you can use that.
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Ah, thanks for the info! I got my scoby in starter liquid, so of course I never knew, I just started the way I'm continuing, LOL!
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Old 08-07-2013, 10:58 AM   #7
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That's the best way to start, since the vinegar only adds acid but no flavor, the first batch started with vinegar buffer is not as tasty as subsequent batches.
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I'm off to get supplies today. My first kombucha was flavored. Will that be okay to start to grow a scoby or do I need k with no added flavors?
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Cici, here's more info:

Kombucha - anyone using it?
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Old 08-10-2013, 06:24 PM   #10
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I personally think starting with unflavored is more assured of success, but I've heard of several people starting from flavored. Since the store bought one is safely bottled, there is probably little chance of bad contamination. But any flavoring you do on your own should be on tea removed from the mother container to not contaminate it.
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Thanks. I started my first today. I see on the internet that some say starting from store bought is no longer considered reliable. We shall see. I used plain raw organic k. plus black tea and turbino sugar.
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