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Old 01-29-2011, 03:25 AM   #1
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So my SCOBY from http://kombuchahealthdrink.com/ arrived.

It looks good. About 3" across and a little thicker than 1/8" I'll let you all know how it turns out.

Comes with comic book looking instructions that seem pretty good.



Looks like they are also selling on ebay for even less.
===>Click for ebay link<===


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Old 01-29-2011, 02:02 PM   #2
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Are you going to start with black tea or have something differant in mind?

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Old 01-29-2011, 05:04 PM   #3
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Good old fashioned Lipton Black Tea, White Sugar, and Distilled Water.

http://www.liptont.com/our_products/...k_hot_tea.aspx

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Old 01-30-2011, 12:49 AM   #4
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ok just dropped the mail order mother on to a batch of sweet tea. Let's see how it goes.
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ok just dropped the mail order mother on to a batch of sweet tea. Let's see how it goes.
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1 week later and I have a slight film over the surface of the tea. It is a little colder than it should be but I think it's close enough... I'll give it another week and see how it's doing.

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Old 02-06-2011, 07:12 PM   #6
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1 week later and I have a slight film over the surface of the tea. It is a little colder than it should be but I think it's close enough... I'll give it another week and see how it's doing.

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That's a second mother forming. If you already have one forming it's a good indicator that your kombucha's ready. You should sample some of it using a sterilized spoon or glass. If it tastes right, bottle it.
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Old 02-06-2011, 09:37 PM   #7
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Wouldn't I want the second mother to form? This is my first time. I thought a 1/8" to 1/4" new mother would be created during the process.
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Wouldn't I want the second mother to form? This is my first time. I thought a 1/8" to 1/4" new mother would be created during the process.
Yes, but you don't need to wait for it to finish forming before you bottle the kombucha. I go about 2 or 3 batches before a new mother completely develops. Base your decision to bottle on how the kombucha tastes as opposed to scoby development.
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Old 02-08-2011, 03:48 AM   #9
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Well it has a ph of 3 and it tastes pretty darn good. The new SCOBY was thin but surprisingly strong. I out the original SCOBY and new thin mother with 2 cups of kombucha and put that in the fridge.

Can I make 2 batches next time? Is the new thin mother ready to work alone or should I keep them together until the new mother thickens?

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Old 02-09-2011, 04:02 AM   #10
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Can I make 2 batches next time? Is the new thin mother ready to work alone or should I keep them together until the new mother thickens?

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Yeah I am thinking this is not rocket science. If it doesn't mold or become too acid to drink it's going to be fine. I threw them both in.

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