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Old 07-12-2014, 07:56 PM   #21
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Default Here we go, last steps.

Final steps!

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Old 07-14-2014, 07:44 AM   #22
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Great info guys, thanks. So warm and dark is key here. My plan is to keg it like I keg my home brewed beer, so it will be in a stainless steel corny keg. How do you know when fermentation is complete? Are there visible signs when it is taking place?


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don't use stainless steel! Some people had success using stainless steel in brewing kombucha, but most of the time, it's a fail. If you have a glass jar, better use it than stainless steel.
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Old 07-14-2014, 11:30 AM   #23
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The best way to ferment kombucha is in a continuous system,where you only touch it to divide scoby's. I use a ceramic(tested to be lead free)base for a water carboy. They are 2.5 gal and have a plastic tap,like the sun tea container. Tilt it backwards to keep from clogging, and fill bottles from tap. Leave 1/2 gal with scoby and refill with about 1 1/2 gal of 86* tea (the scoby needs air to grow so don't fill to neck). Repeat until you get less and the tap clogs, then pour into a large bowl that has been sanitized, clean container and separate scobys put the large one back and give away the rest.
This is your MOTHER and should have nothing fermenting but tea and sugar. if you want to experiment(and why not) do it in a separate container.
I keep mine on a heat mat with controller set to 86* It finishes in 7-8 days and is very bubbly without priming.
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Old 07-16-2014, 09:53 PM   #24
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Great day here in Portlandia - save the heat (makes starting a scoby super easy).

4 days ago I tried growing a Scoby from a GT PassionBerry. The results are amazing. I kept the wide mouth mason jar in my outdoor incubator. Today the scoby is 1" thick and ready to vroom vroom.

Next test is creating a continuous brew using a sun tea jar. Wish me luck. I'll post pics later today and then one every 2 days or so. For this first batch I'm trying a jasmine green tea. I figure why not try the hardest before taking the easy route ---> maybe dumb maybe epic.

Hope all is well for you all. Let me know if anyone has any ideas or questions. I'm totally up for testing new theories esp since most of you are new it seems. I'm willing to be the guinea pig.

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