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Forum: Kombucha & Fermented Tea Forum 01-19-2014, 01:01 AM
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Posted By jambafish
Searching for Professional Brewer

Rowdy Mermaid Kombucha manufacturing and taproom in Boulder, Colorado is searching for a professional kombucha brewer experienced with brewing large batches (50-200 gallons), alcohol control, yeast...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 01-12-2014, 02:17 AM
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Views: 226
Posted By jambafish
High Pressure Steam Cleaner

Commercial high pressure steam sterilization equipment is expensive. Typically they're in the $4-8k range. I'm wondering if there is a ~$2k option that will do the same thing. Most of the options...
Forum: General Techniques 10-09-2013, 03:25 PM
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Views: 441
Posted By jambafish
Thanks for the ideas. I'll research the thread...

Thanks for the ideas. I'll research the thread cited. Space may be an issue, but we'll see.
Forum: General Techniques 10-09-2013, 02:49 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 441
Posted By jambafish
How to chill a tank?

I asked this question on ProBrewer and thought I'd post here as well.

I'm pushing 200 gallons of hot liquid from my electric kettle to a variable capacity stainless wine tank. I need to cool that...
Forum: Label Display & Discussion 09-26-2013, 03:23 AM
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Posted By jambafish
Cheap Labels or Label Machine

I need >.10 cent labels for a truckload of bottles. Anyone know of a way we can do our own pad printing, silkscreening, or clear label production on the cheap? Know of an inexpensive label printer...
Forum: Cider Forum 09-04-2013, 07:05 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 344
Posted By jambafish
The kombucha forum is largely noobs without...

The kombucha forum is largely noobs without experience with yeast and brewing. I don't think this is a question they could answer.
Forum: Cider Forum 09-04-2013, 06:37 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 344
Posted By jambafish
I'm not actually sure, except that after 4 days...

I'm not actually sure, except that after 4 days in a sealed container the entire thing began reeking horribly of rotten trash. I opened the top and a blast of rotting alcohol smell almost knocked me...
Forum: Kombucha & Fermented Tea Forum 09-04-2013, 05:06 PM
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Posted By jambafish
Kombucha is a ferment, and all ferments create...

Kombucha is a ferment, and all ferments create alcohol. There are ways to reduce the alcohol content, but in my experience, it's very, very difficult to make an under-alcohol kombucha (<.5% ABV). The...
Forum: Kombucha & Fermented Tea Forum 09-04-2013, 04:56 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,175
Posted By jambafish
Use the juice, but be careful. Lemon flavor is...

Use the juice, but be careful. Lemon flavor is often amplified in kombucha. A little tends to go a long way. Same for lemongrass.
Forum: Cider Forum 09-04-2013, 04:54 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 344
Posted By jambafish
Putrefaction!

It's not cider, but you guys seem to know a lot so I'm reaching out from across the divide.

The recipe:
14 gallons finished dry kombucha pH 3.1
3 packages EC-1118 made into a starter using 3/4...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 08-26-2013, 05:12 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 263
Posted By jambafish
Ethanol Reduction - will oxygen work?

I'm fermenting beverages and want to reduce the ethanol content by about a half of a percentage point. Will oxygen aeration help with the reduction of ethanol?

Any other low tech wine industry...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 08-04-2013, 04:31 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 219
Posted By jambafish
I appreciate the feedback. If it is HS2 then I'll...

I appreciate the feedback. If it is HS2 then I'll try injecting oxygen.
Forum: Wine Making Forum 08-04-2013, 04:28 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 219
Posted By jambafish
Sulfur and Nitrogen

This is a kombucha issues, but I'm posting it here since more of you are familiar with brewing science.

I am making kombucha using a tea high in methionine and cystine. From what I can tell,...
Forum: Kombucha & Fermented Tea Forum 05-20-2013, 02:45 AM
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Posted By jambafish
I've never heard "trim back" before, but I'd...

I've never heard "trim back" before, but I'd recommend every 2-3 times your brew. Personally, I clean my SCOBY and my vessel every single time. Pour some kt into a clean sanitized pot, wash your...
Forum: Kombucha & Fermented Tea Forum 05-20-2013, 02:37 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 554
Posted By jambafish
Leah, can you post your recipe and process? It'll...

Leah, can you post your recipe and process? It'll help us know where the trouble might be since temperature is just a minor variable.
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 05-16-2013, 06:25 PM
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Posted By jambafish
Hop Back Pump Brainstorm

The idea is to attach a 5 gallon hop back to a 200 gallon open fermentation vessel and circulate fermenting kombucha through the hop back at a rate of about 5 gallons every several hours over several...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 05-02-2013, 01:21 AM
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Posted By jambafish
GT's uses patented yeast. I don't know of another...

GT's uses patented yeast. I don't know of another company that adds the yeast, but a few of them list the strains present in their brew. Most kombucha is from multiple colonies and strains. In...
Forum: Kombucha & Fermented Tea Forum 04-22-2013, 04:19 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 14,878
Posted By jambafish
A SCOBY is not needed to start a batch of KT....

A SCOBY is not needed to start a batch of KT. Large brewers inject oxygen into their tanks to keep them from forming and to feed the yeast. A SCOBY is, however much it contains dead cells, alive. The...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 03-24-2013, 05:23 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 337
Posted By jambafish
300 L used variable capacity tanks

I need 4 of them, but the shipping charges are insane. Does anyone know of a source for used?
Forum: Kombucha & Fermented Tea Forum 03-12-2013, 02:24 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 857
Posted By jambafish
Yeast. Totally normal.

Yeast. Totally normal.
Forum: Extract Brewing 03-06-2013, 01:54 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 175
Posted By jambafish
Re mixing. Funny you should say. Typically I...

Re mixing. Funny you should say. Typically I don't aerate a ton. This time I rolled the carboy to ensure it was well mixed and aerated before pitching the yeast.
Forum: Extract Brewing 03-06-2013, 01:50 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 175
Posted By jambafish
I was just thinking about adding DME. That will...

I was just thinking about adding DME. That will help bring the gravity up a tad, but it's still going to have less body.

Anyway, thanks. Kicking myself.
Forum: Extract Brewing 03-06-2013, 01:34 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 175
Posted By jambafish
OG way off...

Basically I'm in the "can it be fixed?" stage.

Brewed a Rye IPA and only added boiled 2 gallons to start rather than the typical 2.5. Racked the wort into the carboy with the remaining 3 gallons...
Forum: Kombucha & Fermented Tea Forum 03-01-2013, 12:56 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 7,623
Posted By jambafish
You risk too many things at low temperatures,...

You risk too many things at low temperatures, such as molds. The yeast and bacteria in GT are of a type that loves higher heat (70-85 degrees). I've found it does well at around 80 with overhead heat...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 02-26-2013, 02:42 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 164
Posted By jambafish
deep filtration for corny or full keg?

Is there an inexpensive ($100-$600) lenticular or plate filter that can filter between kegs? I need something that won't end up costing me too much money in the long run.

I purchased and use the...
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