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Forum: Kombucha & Fermented Tea Forum 09-21-2012, 05:53 PM
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Views: 1,441
Posted By CHERYLinND
Certain molds are more powdery than fuzzy. The...

Certain molds are more powdery than fuzzy. The green color is a clue. There is only 1 known bacteria that produces a green pigment, and that is not what it looks like. Yeast does not produce that...
Forum: Kombucha & Fermented Tea Forum 09-21-2012, 02:42 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,552
Posted By CHERYLinND
I think they are used as scrubbers to remove...

I think they are used as scrubbers to remove scale during cleaning, not left in the water during heating. I think leaving it in there would invite contamination and more buildup of scale on the...
Forum: Kombucha & Fermented Tea Forum 09-21-2012, 02:39 PM
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Views: 1,514
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I'm not a legal expert, but my guess is that as...

I'm not a legal expert, but my guess is that as long as you're not using the name, it's just another ingredient in your product. "CherCher's Kombucha" vs "CherCher's Lipton Tea Kombucha."
Forum: Kombucha & Fermented Tea Forum 09-21-2012, 02:38 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 486
Posted By CHERYLinND
I pulled off the SCOBY after 1 week and dropped...

I pulled off the SCOBY after 1 week and dropped in a few squashed strawberries and blueberries. After another week, it had an amazing flavor.
Forum: Kombucha & Fermented Tea Forum 09-21-2012, 02:36 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,292
Posted By CHERYLinND
I think of it as a vinegary-apple cidery flavor.

I think of it as a vinegary-apple cidery flavor.
Forum: Kombucha & Fermented Tea Forum 08-28-2012, 07:46 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 737
Posted By CHERYLinND
My only input is that I don't steep nearly that...

My only input is that I don't steep nearly that long. I think the tea gets too bitter-tasting. I use that number of tea bags, but steep it until it has a nice flavor for drinking.
Forum: Kombucha & Fermented Tea Forum 08-09-2012, 04:56 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 549
Posted By CHERYLinND
That looks suspicious enough that I'd consider...

That looks suspicious enough that I'd consider scrapping that batch. Hopefully you have some KT or another SCOBY to start right up again.
Forum: Kombucha & Fermented Tea Forum 08-01-2012, 07:35 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,377
Posted By CHERYLinND
I'd leave it alone for a week or so, until you...

I'd leave it alone for a week or so, until you see a more solid-looking, white SCOBY forming. It takes awhile, especially when starting fresh.
Forum: Kombucha & Fermented Tea Forum 07-31-2012, 05:44 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,286
Posted By CHERYLinND
The problem with the variation that I see in my...

The problem with the variation that I see in my different batches is that there is no way to know which one is "right." Also, I don't know that my SCOBYs have truly changed, I was just speculating...
Forum: Kombucha & Fermented Tea Forum 07-20-2012, 05:06 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,286
Posted By CHERYLinND
I started a SCOBY from a bottle of KTs original...

I started a SCOBY from a bottle of KTs original raw Kombucha. The KT I get from that SCOBY is milder and tastes a little watered down, even several generations later, than the stuff I'm getting from...
Forum: Kombucha & Fermented Tea Forum 07-18-2012, 11:06 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 602
Posted By CHERYLinND
From the actual scientific articles I can find on...

From the actual scientific articles I can find on fluoride, you'd have to be a heavy consumer, like more than 4 or 5 cups a day, to have a problem with the possible elevated fluoride.
Forum: Kombucha & Fermented Tea Forum 07-16-2012, 06:05 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 492
Posted By CHERYLinND
If you use a small-necked bottle, you won't be...

If you use a small-necked bottle, you won't be able to remove your SCOBY once it reaches any significant thickness.
Forum: Kombucha & Fermented Tea Forum 06-30-2012, 05:06 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,659
Posted By CHERYLinND
Small cup from SCOBY

I heard about making 'leather' from SCOBYs, so I made this cup!

I put a paper towel, then plastic wrap over the bottom of a beaker, then rinsed a SCOBY and pressed it over the beaker. I let it...
Forum: Kombucha & Fermented Tea Forum 06-29-2012, 07:17 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,266
Posted By CHERYLinND
Pasteurizing doesn't kill all of the microbes,...

Pasteurizing doesn't kill all of the microbes, just a lot of them. It lowers the bacterial count, increasing shelf life. It also destroys potential pathogens. You still maintain populaitions of...
Forum: Kombucha & Fermented Tea Forum 06-28-2012, 04:23 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,090
Posted By CHERYLinND
I am curious for more details on your...

I am curious for more details on your experiments. How do you do an orange or lemon rind batch, specifically? The same for celery and mint? Do you brew it like tea and then go about the normal...
Forum: Kombucha & Fermented Tea Forum 06-27-2012, 05:58 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,413
Posted By CHERYLinND
A paper towel allows air flow, while keeping dust...

A paper towel allows air flow, while keeping dust out. I have found that the more the air is limited, the less my SCOBY thrives. I use SCOBYs to make organic leather (just starting) and I use a...
Forum: Kombucha & Fermented Tea Forum 06-05-2012, 08:43 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 790
Posted By CHERYLinND
It would be great, but topless

Just be sure not to put the lids on. Use a thin layer of cheesecloth to keep dust out.
Forum: Kombucha & Fermented Tea Forum 06-05-2012, 08:15 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 552
Posted By CHERYLinND
Luckily, I think the majority of those claims are...

Luckily, I think the majority of those claims are bogus, so there is not likely to be much danger. If these radicals were really zapping bacteria in the air, think of the havoc they'd be reaping on...
Forum: Kombucha & Fermented Tea Forum 03-22-2012, 05:36 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,129
Posted By CHERYLinND
I have personally not found a hydrometer useful...

I have personally not found a hydrometer useful for estimating if the fermentation is done. After awhile, it seems the nose knows...
Forum: Kombucha & Fermented Tea Forum 03-20-2012, 06:57 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 7,004
Posted By CHERYLinND
Here's someone selling 4 1-gallon jars for $30. ...

Here's someone selling 4 1-gallon jars for $30.
http://www.happyherbalist.com/4one-gallonjarswithplasticlids.aspx
Forum: Kombucha & Fermented Tea Forum 03-19-2012, 03:00 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 2,073
Posted By CHERYLinND
Something wrong with these SCOBYs?

I have been struggling to rejuvenate some SCOBYs that seem to have gone bad. Instead of being rubbery and tough, they are thin and easily break apart.

My students started about 16 pint-size...
Forum: Kombucha & Fermented Tea Forum 03-19-2012, 02:18 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 7,004
Posted By CHERYLinND
Sun Tea Jars

I use sun tea jars, too, and I love them! I found six of them for under $40 from an online hardware store. I've never had leaks, but I did tighten the spigots before use.
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Forum: Kombucha & Fermented Tea Forum 02-23-2012, 05:31 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 7,850
Posted By CHERYLinND
Thank you! Good to know

I will keep that in mind. My class will be starting their batches of Kombucha next week, so I will just supplement with molasses today to bulk them up. Thank you for the pointers!
Forum: Kombucha & Fermented Tea Forum 02-23-2012, 04:21 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 7,850
Posted By CHERYLinND
Do you notice a dramatic difference in taste when...

Do you notice a dramatic difference in taste when you use molasses for the sugar source?
Forum: Kombucha & Fermented Tea Forum 02-16-2012, 02:31 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 629
Posted By CHERYLinND
Thumbs up Kombucha clothes!

I saw this mentioned in Reader's Digest, so I went looking for her website. There is a woman that makes leather out of her SCOBYs! I thought it was something that might be interesting to this...
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