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Old 01-27-2011, 03:39 AM   #1
Shoki
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I am just getting started making kombucha. Here are some of the links I have found helpful.

Ordered a scoby here: http://kombuchahealthdrink.com/

But I also have a bottle of store bought GT's Ginger kombucha that I am letting sit in the fridge so if my mail order scoby is not good.

http://blog.craftzine.com/archive/20...bucha_tea.html
http://www.paprikahead.com/2009/07/h...ucha-from.html (I like this one)
http://gliving.com/kombucha-brewing/
http://www.instructables.com/id/How-...h-of-Kombucha/
http://www.kombuchafuel.com/2009/10/...-cultures.html
http://www.happyherbalist.com/kombuc...wing_guide.htm
http://www.sulis-health.co.uk/kombucha/faq.shtml
http://kombuchahealthdrink.com/lates...-make-kombucha
http://www.kombuchacultures.com/how_...bucha_tea.html
http://www.kombuchahome.com/

See if you find any helpful. Sorry if this is overkill but I like to do a lot of research and then pick what I want to try out.
--Shoki

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Old 01-27-2011, 07:36 PM   #2
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Does storebought still work? I recall there was a bit of hubbub earlier in the year about possible increases in alcohol content in Kombucha and that a number of brands were reformulating to case any further fermentation. I'm not sure by what means they're doing that though. If they pasturize, for example, I don't think the growth would work. You should be able to hang out at a health food store and ask around though. Theres usually someone who has it. (That's where I talk about Kombucha and kefir with people oddly enough)

 
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Old 01-28-2011, 12:22 AM   #3
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Does storebought still work? I recall there was a bit of hubbub earlier in the year about possible increases in alcohol content in Kombucha and that a number of brands were reformulating to case any further fermentation. I'm not sure by what means they're doing that though. If they pasturize, for example, I don't think the growth would work. You should be able to hang out at a health food store and ask around though. Theres usually someone who has it. (That's where I talk about Kombucha and kefir with people oddly enough)
I am not sure if it still works but I may still see if I can crete a mother from it just to compare the flavor and other characteristics of the one I purchased.

I'll say that the bottle I have in the fridge is still powerful. I let the pressure off each day and the carbonation is if anything stronger each day.

--Shoki

 
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Old 01-28-2011, 02:34 AM   #4
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Well, if you're doing that, then that sounds like it's active. I think I'll get around to asking one of my friends for one of their spares, but I'd go for online or from the bottle if I didn't know them, or live in the type of community where there's a few of them.

 
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Old 01-28-2011, 08:52 PM   #5
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Does storebought still work? I recall there was a bit of hubbub earlier in the year about possible increases in alcohol content in Kombucha and that a number of brands were reformulating to case any further fermentation.
None of the brands that I've seen have taken up pasteurization; Kombucha Wonder Drink was always pasteurised (as, I believe, was another one that I can't recall), but most of the brands in my local Whole Foods still contain active cultures. Any reformulation that occurred was to change the yeast used (e.g. to an aerobic non-Saccharomyces strain) or to reduce the residual sugar content; I believe that some may have also reduced the advised shelf life to limit the time in which a secondary fermentation could occur.
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Old 01-28-2011, 10:24 PM   #6
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Ah thanks, I haven't bought any for a while, since I was getting some from friends and was looking at making my own, but started on Keifer before that had even happened.

 
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Old 05-23-2011, 10:24 PM   #7
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Thanks
I just finished my first batch at home
Worked great and the team at www.kombuchahealthdrink.com were very helpful !
It was my first time making kombucha and it was super easy with their help
Thanks for the referral
I started some kefir also

www.royalkefir.com.
Also an awesome experience

Thanks
Trex

 
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