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May 14th, 2012, 01:08 PM
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Does anyone brew Kombucha here? If so do you use anything other than black tea to brew it with? How long have you been brewing it?
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May 14th, 2012, 07:12 PM
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Yes, love it!! There's this strawberry tea that we use and it tastes JUST like the Welch's fizzy grape juice stuff they sell near New Years! LOL! I've not personally been successful but my friend is. I have a HUGE ginormous mother and a lot of scobys.. they're at my MIL's I need to get them!
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May 14th, 2012, 09:53 PM
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Awesome! I've thought of using some peach tea bags I have, but I wasn't too sure; But I think I'm going to try it now, since you guys had success with the strawberry tea! My mother SCOBY was super productive until I removed a few of the baby SCOBYs to pass on to my mom, then i think it went into a sort of depression, because it just sank to the bottom of the next batch and hung out down there. But the following batch it's back at the top working on a new baby SCOBY.
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May 15th, 2012, 06:43 PM
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Definitely try the different flavored teas, it tastes SOOOOOOOOOOO good!!!
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June 3rd, 2012, 07:45 PM
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I need to look up how to make this! I buy the GT Dave's Kombucha but it gets expensive.
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June 4th, 2012, 08:03 AM
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I've heard good and bad from store bought. It's definitely better and cheaper to make it yourself! Plus you can make many different flavors of kombucha!
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June 4th, 2012, 02:46 PM
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I started my Kombucha with two different store bought kinds. Basically I just bought two random jars that were active/live at our local health grocery and emptied them in a gallon jar with black tea sweetened with a cup of sugar and cooled. Once the two single serving kombuchas were in the gallon jar I just filled it to about 4 or five inches from the top with the swettened tea. Then I covered it with muslin and tied it off with twine and set it in a cool dark place.

I just forgot about it for a month or three (really I forgot about it) and then pulled it out to find a thin mother growing on top.

So I reached in and pulled off the mother and reserved a few cups of the liquid and then brewed some more black tea, sweetened with a cup of sugar and let it cool and put it in the jar with the reserved liquid and then placed the mother on top (right side up as it was before in the jar). I did this a few times before I had a thick mother. That is when I started drinking it. I never tried it when I was still establishing the mother.

You can let it ferment anywhere from a week to a month, depending on your taste. When you want to drink it just pour it off into a jug or bottle and reserve some to add to the new batch. Beware that if you put it in a bottle it will become carbonated because it will continue to ferment in the bottle, causing it to trap the pressure in the bottle.
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Ty for the added info!!!
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