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Old 02-28-2012, 03:07 AM   #1
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I had my family taste my first kombucha brew and none of them liked it. I tried it before them and noticed that it was both too strong and too sweet. I used a pungent brand of black tea (PG Tips) along with the recommended amount of sugar. Do you prefer the taste of kombucha made with green or black tea?

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Old 02-28-2012, 03:46 AM   #2
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I had my family taste my first kombucha brew and none of them liked it. I tried it before them and noticed that it was both too strong and too sweet. I used a pungent brand of black tea (PG Tips) along with the recommended amount of sugar. Do you prefer the taste of kombucha made with green or black tea?
I personally prefer a blend of teas. I use Rooibos Red,Gunpowder green,Yerba Mate, and Iced tea blend(Black and Orange pekoe blend) all in my Kombucha. Many prefer all green tea and say it has a milder flavor.

If its too strong try mixing it with fruit juice, 4 oz Kombucha and 12oz Juice, most people prefer it this way or so i have read.
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Old 02-28-2012, 06:05 AM   #3
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I like both but I've found green teas to produce a smoother, more mellow flavor that more people find palatable. Try an organic Kukicha green tea, comes out great and seems to produce healthier/thicker scoby's and better carbonation in my experience.

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I like a mix of mostly green tea

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Old 03-01-2012, 11:05 PM   #5
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How long does this take from pitch to glass?how can wines vary so much?

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How long does this take from pitch to glass?how can wines vary so much?
Kombucha is normally done in 7-10 days for a easily drinkable product, but can be left go for 30+ days for a product more like Vinegar. The longer it is brewed the more sour it becomes.

It isn't a wine or beer, when done properly there is next to no alcohol in the finished drink because it is converted into organic acids by the bacteria portion of the Scoby.
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My next brew was gross too. I don't know what I'm doing wrong. I fermented it for 10 days and a super healthy looking baby developed. Unfortunately, the batch is undrinkable. It is too vinegary and full of sediment. I prepared another brew two days ago with half green and half black tea. I hope it turns out okay. The SCOBY in one of the jars sunk and its thinner than the other one.

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My next brew was gross too. I don't know what I'm doing wrong. I fermented it for 10 days and a super healthy looking baby developed. Unfortunately, the batch is undrinkable. It is too vinegary and full of sediment. I prepared another brew two days ago with half green and half black tea. I hope it turns out okay. The SCOBY in one of the jars sunk and its thinner than the other one.
Try this, use 1 and 1/2 cup sugar and green tea only, and bottle after 5 days. The sediment is normal and very good for you, btw it is going to have SOME form of vinegar like flavor.
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Old 03-24-2012, 03:53 PM   #9
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I reduced the fermentation time to 7 days and that seemed to help a lot. Then I bottled the kombucha for the secondary fermentation. I made 2 with ginger and 2 with pineapple juice. The ginger ones turned out great, but the pineapple was gross for some reason and caused a MASSIVE explosion when I opened the bottles!

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I don't like any black tea at all in mine, or at least very very little. The tannin bite really comes forward in the finished tea. I like green tea, not brewed too strong, honey, and ginger

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