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Old 02-26-2013, 04:11 AM   #1
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Hey guys,

I'm making my first 4 gallon batch tonight, as the demand in the house has gone up now that my son is drinking the KT before and after tae kwon do :-p

4 gallons of water, the remnants of what KT I had left, 32 tea bags- 5 green tea and 27 oolong; a little under 4 cups of sugar (since my scoby will need to grow to fit a 6 gallon fermenting pail and I dont want to risk going out of balance on such a large batch) and of course my scoby!

Water just finished boiling and I added my tea and sugar! I'm happily thinking of all the KT I'm going to have on hand

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Old 02-27-2013, 02:28 AM   #2
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That is pretty impressive. I hope it goes well for you. I should be getting a scoby in the mail soon and I am also attempting to grow my own. Good luck!!

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Old 02-27-2013, 05:09 AM   #3
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Thanks! I found a great little area in the house to store the fermenter pail that's out of sight but still maintains a decent, level temperature. This size a batch should have a bit of buffer against overheating/cooling too much. Plus I can switch pails easily enough and have a continuous brew going with multiple flavors

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I eventually want to make it to continuous brew but right now I will stick my quart jars on top of the fridge.

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Old 02-27-2013, 07:07 PM   #5
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Totally. Start slow, and then when you're serious about never wanting to run out of it again, then go continuous brew.

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Old 02-28-2013, 01:25 AM   #6
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I am curious to know how long it takes to ferment and how it comes out, please post when it is ready!

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Well, I left it untouched last night vecause I didnt want to disturb the formation of the culture. I'll probably leave it another day or two before touching it, but not much more than that as I already have an 8 inch scoby in there; it should be fairly speedy after the first couple to three days

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Ok I checked it last night and there was a funny looking discovery. Im not sure what it was but it was like a bunch of potato roots under the surface of the tea. Almost coming up from the bottom like some sort of tree. Whitish in colour, anyone experienced this?

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That my friend sounds like a colony of yeast. Im guessing they are kind of tan to brown in color?

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Yip, just looked again and caught a pic this time! It isn't looking quite like I remember it, they're stringy and not very long and go from surface, just under, and then back to the surface. Heart attack on pause now hahaha

Edit- its starting to get a nice layer of new scoby built up in the top now too!

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