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Old 02-09-2014, 03:20 AM   #1
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The only kombucha I have ever had was GT's and I want to start making my own. Where do I start? I have no clue.

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Old 02-09-2014, 03:50 PM   #2
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It's quite easy. Get a scoby from someone in your area or order one from off the web and go from there. I did most of my research from just searching around the internet. In the end it was way easier than I thought it would be. You just make tea with sugar and add the scoby and then drink it a few days later and/or bottle it. Then repeat procedure.

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Old 02-10-2014, 06:51 PM   #3
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Get on Facebook and apply to the Kombucha Nation group.
You can get a free culture from there, if you pay for shipping.
Usually ~$7 USPS Flat-rate

Additionally, read through this thread and Kombucha Nation posts.

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I'm thinking of getting started also... I've been enjoying GT's too, and would like to try my hand at it.

Can you pitch the dregs from a GT's bottle and build up a scoby from that? Kind of like you can pitch the yeast dregs from a beer into a starter and build up more yeast from that? Or is the only way to have a full-fledged/sized mother scoby to start... (I'll check out the above recommendations either way) thanks!

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Yes you can use GTs as a starter, but you'll need more of it than just 1cup/gallon of tea. Also, you'll have to let it sit longer than usual to build up enough strength. Wait until the pellicle grows to a thickness of 1/8-1/4", then you should be good to go. It may take a couple weeks.

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Yep, that's how I started. With a bottle of gt 's raw. Now I have 2 continuous brews going

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Thanks for the replies. I don't see a sticky on this forum like on most of the homebrew ones for the basics on each subject... Wondering if anyone has a link to a thread on here or another website that explain the basics on how to get started. I've picking up a bit of info here and there by reading a few threads, but hoping there's a good beginner recipe/protocol/explanation out there...

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Yes, unfortunately for us this is the bastard board. We get no attention or love, that I've noticed, from anyone with the ability to sticky threads. Hell I don't even know who the board mods are, if there is any.
Unlike the other boards though, this one seems to be more self sufficient, if you will. I messaged TxBrew about adding a section to Recipes for kombucha, but I have yet to receive a response.
I'll get you a few links shortly.
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This is a decent-ish primer for people that don't know anything. Once you know better, you'll not go back. And do not buy cultures from the site, the are expensive and under perform (from experience).
http://www.kombuchakamp.com/secrets-chapter-1
Just change the number at the end of the link for the other chapters, the site is poorly designed.

This is a pretty long list of things that's could be in your kombucha tea: http://kefir.wikidot.com/kombucha

This page is helpful for understanding balance and troubleshooting: http://users.bestweb.net/~om/kombucha_balance/

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Thanks, kyt - I appreciate it! I'll check them out...

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