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Old 06-24-2011, 05:27 AM   #1
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I bought a kit to make kombucha a while ago, and I finally got around to starting it this week. Then I do some reading. Wikipedia refers to the SCOBY as being a mother of vinegar and talking about acetobactor and what not. Now I'm worried that I brought the dreaded enemy vinegar maker into my house. All my wine and cider will turn to vinegar! Oh, wait, nobody seems to be alarmed. I can't even seem to google the topic. I wonder if that is because most kombucha makers don't make wine/beer, so I was hoping this group on a brew site could tell me if I'm wrong and overly paranoid, or if it is the dreaded evil but everything will be okay as long as I use separate equipment?

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Old 06-24-2011, 11:59 AM   #2
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Even before you brought in your Kombucha mother, your house was chock-a-block with aceto, lacto, peddio, etc., not to mention wild yeasts. Sanitation, as always, is important, and it might be a good idea to use separate sets of plastic for transfers. But, beyond that, there's no added risk really.

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Old 06-24-2011, 12:13 PM   #3
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My dad makes kombucha and wine if that makes you feel better.

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Old 06-24-2011, 04:52 PM   #4
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Separate equipment with some distance too, and don't do open air fermentations with both side to side. That really applies to any fermenatable item.

For example there was a resturant that had to dump a lot of beer because they did a trial fermentation next to a kimchee vat that was also fermenting and there was some crossover that made it much more sour than expected. (I still would have been willing to try it though). Thankfully they're getting more warehouse space for more batches so they won't be doing that again.

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