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Old 07-01-2010, 04:23 PM   #11
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oh, well. scobies will stay legal. Hey Tx. pm me if you want and i'll ship you one of mine



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Old 07-01-2010, 04:33 PM   #12
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Old 07-01-2010, 04:39 PM   #13
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I really should get my wife into brewing kombucha. She used to be quite the health nut. She's still pretty healthy, but I think I've ruined her.

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Old 07-01-2010, 05:26 PM   #14
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Interesting. Brew Dr. Kombucha here in Portland is a vendor at the farmers market I sell at and they were there the last 4 weeks. This week finally with their taps flowing. Is it just retailers that are taking the stance? Producers can still sell direct? Or....?

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Old 07-06-2010, 04:06 PM   #15
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My wife and I have been drinking lots of kombucha lately, and this ban is doing nothing but making us want to start brewing our own even sooner than we had planned. Once we get a 1-2 gallon vessel and a scoby, we're going for it.

TxBrew - not sure how often you get up to Austin, but I think you can still get Buddha's Brew (local brand) at some of the local farmer's markets. It's a bit more filtered than GT's but they have some good flavors and they give a discount for refilling your old bottles.

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Yea I used to buy cases of Buddha's Brew, my friend runs Live Oak on Manchaca and he said they can't get Buddha's Brew right now.

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My wife and I have been drinking lots of kombucha lately, and this ban is doing nothing but making us want to start brewing our own even sooner than we had planned. Once we get a 1-2 gallon vessel and a scoby, we're going for it.

TxBrew - not sure how often you get up to Austin, but I think you can still get Buddha's Brew (local brand) at some of the local farmer's markets. It's a bit more filtered than GT's but they have some good flavors and they give a discount for refilling your old bottles.
Brew your self a cup of nice green or black tea or mix of both( my favorite was the mix of green and black about two to one ratio) and add about 2 heaping teaspoons sugar while it is hot and let it cool and add about 1/2 cup to one cup of your kombucha that you buy to it, all kombucha should be live or you wouldn't get the good stuff from it. put it all in a mason jar and put a paper towel or tea towel over it with a rubber band to keep out the bugs and dust and within a week or so you should see a new baby scoby growing, once it gets a bit thicker you can start adding more fresh tea/sugar and soon you will have your own big mother and can make as much as you like!
I've done this with the GTdave's and it turned out really well both times, and since I used the raspberry flavor the first little baby scoby was pink!
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Brew your self a cup of nice green or black tea or mix of both( my favorite was the mix of green and black about two to one ratio) and add about 2 heaping teaspoons sugar while it is hot and let it cool and add about 1/2 cup to one cup of your kombucha that you buy to it, all kombucha should be live or you wouldn't get the good stuff from it. put it all in a mason jar and put a paper towel or tea towel over it with a rubber band to keep out the bugs and dust and within a week or so you should see a new baby scoby growing, once it gets a bit thicker you can start adding more fresh tea/sugar and soon you will have your own big mother and can make as much as you like!
I've done this with the GTdave's and it turned out really well both times, and since I used the raspberry flavor the first little baby scoby was pink!
I did this recently (a few weeks before the ban) and it works great. The tea mix that I use is about 2 parts black tea to 1 part yerba mate. sometimes I throw some roobos in there too. For sugar I use a mix of unrefined cane sugars. Azucar Morena, Demurura, and Rapidura, depending on what I've got on hand.
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I dumped a whole bottle of GT into a batch of tea and nothing...
Tea was cooled to room temp - it's been two weeks.
The tea still smells awesome, nothing bad happening in there but nothing good either.

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Old 07-12-2010, 08:21 PM   #20
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I dumped a whole bottle of GT into a batch of tea and nothing...
Tea was cooled to room temp - it's been two weeks.
The tea still smells awesome, nothing bad happening in there but nothing good either.
How much tea did you use? If you used a full batch of tea and only put one bottle in it will take much longer to work than just using the one cup of tea/sugar and half the bottle of GT It might still work, but it is just taking it sweet ol' time.


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