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dowhatitdo 11-29-2011 01:03 PM

Would using star san to sanitise my fermenter hurt the scoby? I got my fermenter from homebrew store so I assume the plastic its made from is ok for Kombucha since its ok for beer yeast?

dawgmatic 11-29-2011 10:56 PM

I'm a little confused. Are you planning on using starsan with your scoby still in there, Or are you planning on disinfecting before you start?
In the case of the latter, I'm sure it would be fine

dowhatitdo 11-30-2011 01:15 PM

Disinfecting before I use fermenter, just like for beer brewing.

edmanster 11-30-2011 05:35 PM

Is it a new bucket? If so it might be good to throw some cheap vinegar in and swoosh it around for a day.. I read that even though its food safe HDPE that it might leach a little with kombucha because it's more acidic than beer... Can't remember where I read it now!!
Edit: its not what leaches is bad for you but bad for the scoby..

dowhatitdo 11-30-2011 06:52 PM

Too late, hopefully it doesn't hurt the scoby. It is a new 2 gal bucket fermenter. Also, why don't u see anyone using airlocks, seems more sanitary than cloth and a rubberband...guess people don't know about beer fermenters?

edmanster 11-30-2011 07:12 PM

Prolly cause most still do the big glass jars that either had a metal lid or no lid... Also most are doing small batches like me, I'm still using a glass sun tea jar with a plastic spigot... My jump is going to also be a 2 gallon batch but looking at a clear polycarbonate tea dispenser for my continuous culture... Are you doing continuous? Mine is over 10 generations and needs to be split up :)

dowhatitdo 12-01-2011 01:30 PM

This is my first batch.

hannibalsbrews 12-07-2011 08:20 PM

Air locks? Doesn't that deprive the scoby of precoius O2?

edmanster 12-07-2011 08:42 PM

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There is plenty of oxygen in the tea when it cools and you give it a splash or even dumping the tea into your jar... Me, I don't boil my sugar either and just desolve it into the hot tea and shake.. I also just use my coffee maker for my tea like making iced tea from tea bags..

My continuous scoby!! about 12 generations thick.. Time for me to upgrade to a bigger batch!

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dowhatitdo 12-10-2011 10:13 PM

Would it be beneficial to use my aeration stone and my O2 tank, like I do for wort? This would give the yeast plenty of oxy to thrive off of.

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