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Old 02-21-2012, 03:01 AM   #1
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Default Anyone Growing a Scoby from GT's Please read!

Hey all, Just wanted to share a lil info on culturing a Scoby from GT's, i am in no way an expert, But i did a little test run with 3 different sugars. I used Honey,Molasses and White table sugar, with one great value iced tea bag and 4 Herbal tea bags per quart jar. I split a bottle of GT's Synergy Trilogy between the 3 quart jars, Each had 3 table spoons of one of the three sugars above. Here are the 10 day results.

White Sugar- thin Scoby not thick enough to transfer

Honey- A bit thicker than the white Sugar but still to thin to transfer

Molasses- Nice firm Scoby that is about 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick not flimsy and easy to transfer.

My conclusion is that if you want to culture from a bottle of GT's it is best to use Black Strap Molasses for your first culture then move your nice thick Scoby to whatever your preferred sugar source and tea blend is.

The Herbal teas i used were all from Yogi, The Molasses was used with their Woman's Moon Cycle tea.

The white Sugar was used with their Healthy Fasting Tea.

The honey was used with their Skin Detox tea.

It was a blend of 4 herbal tea bags and one Great value Iced Tea bag that is a blend of black tea and Orange Pekoe tea.

Just the results i had. But from now on if i culture any more Scoby's it will be using Black Strap Molasses! The moving they scoby to a 5-1 blend of Dextrose and Sugar in the raw. 5 parts Dextrose 1 part Sugar in the raw.

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Old 02-21-2012, 05:00 AM   #2
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Wow. I will use molasses in the future. For now I'll just have to wait on my white sugar babies.

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Old 02-21-2012, 04:27 PM   #3
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Wow. I will use molasses in the future. For now I'll just have to wait on my white sugar babies.
Yup me to when culturing!
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Old 02-22-2012, 12:29 PM   #4
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Good find. I've not done thus yet but have been reading a bit about it and am intrigued, so thanks for the tip.

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Good find. I've not done thus yet but have been reading a bit about it and am intrigued, so thanks for the tip.
No prob, i personally cant afford 20+ dollars to order a Scoby so i researched how to culture my own lol.
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FWIW I used table sugar just fine to culture from GT's. Nice firm scoby, already transfered a couple of times.

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I am new to Kombucha and wanted to brew my own. I used
2 cups spring water
1/3 cup white sugar
3 green tea bags
1 bottle GT Botanical no. 9 Kombucha

Boiled the water and sugar for 5 min added tea bags And steeped 10 min. Coed and added Kombucha and sweet tea to a sanitized 1 gal jar, swirled together and covered with a cloth and band. Gonna let it sit for about a month. Will post results then I have heard this works well tho.

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FWIW I used table sugar just fine to culture from GT's. Nice firm scoby, already transfered a couple of times.
How long did you have to wait to get a Scoby? The one i made with white sugar is so thin its like a "film" on the liquid, not even a scoby and it has sat for 12 days.

I wasn't saying that you cant grow one with white sugar btw just that in 10 days with Molasses i had a 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick Scoby. I am sure the other two will provide a Scoby as well sooner or later, but molasses is MUCH faster lol.
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I am new to Kombucha and wanted to brew my own. I used
2 cups spring water
1/3 cup white sugar
3 green tea bags
1 bottle GT Botanical no. 9 Kombucha

Boiled the water and sugar for 5 min added tea bags And steeped 10 min. Coed and added Kombucha and sweet tea to a sanitized 1 gal jar, swirled together and covered with a cloth and band. Gonna let it sit for about a month. Will post results then I have heard this works well tho.

Oh i am sure it will work and if you are patient and can wait 30 days that is great, i cant do that lol. Molasses worked faster i had a nice Scoby in 10 days as apposed to 30. But like i said i am sure any sugar source will work, i was just sharing what worked that fastest in my lil test lol.
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Do you notice a dramatic difference in taste when you use molasses for the sugar source?
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