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Old 02-24-2012, 05:45 PM   #1
spenghali
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So I have never actually bottled any kombucha. I was wondering how long between readings should I wait before it is safe to bottle? Is it more like a sour brew where I should wait until I have consistent readings a month apart to avoid bottle bombs?

 
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Old 02-26-2012, 06:36 AM   #2
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i bottle mine and its fine. i let it sit for around 2 weeks and then put in in a bottle without priming sugar. the bottles dont carbonate that much. one thing that does seem to happen is each bottle grows a little scooby in the neck of the bottle. its not a big deal but you either need to fish it out or pour it into a cup before you drink it. I mix mine with fresh grapefruit juice. sooo good.

 
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Old 02-27-2012, 03:32 AM   #3
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whats the point of bottling it if it doesn't really carbonate?

 
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Old 02-27-2012, 07:45 AM   #4
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whats the point of bottling it if it doesn't really carbonate?
To carb it up, add 2 teaspoons of sugar to the bottle,seal it up, and let it sit at room temp for 3-5 days then chill. This will carb it up. If you bottle it to soon into the fermentation you can end up with exploding bottles, so make sure its good and done before you bottle! Put bottles in a plastic tub with a lid while you wait for them to carb, that way if any do explode the mess is contained and you are not hurt by flying glass!
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Old 02-28-2012, 11:26 PM   #5
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Do you ever use a hydrometer to make sure fermentation is complete? If so, how long do you wait between readings?

 
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Old 02-29-2012, 03:53 AM   #6
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Do you ever use a hydrometer to make sure fermentation is complete? If so, how long do you wait between readings?
Nope i just let it go 7 days, add a the sugar(i use a ginger sugar syrup i made) and let it sit a few days then chill.
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Old 03-21-2012, 05:23 PM   #7
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I'd rather not risk bottle bombs. I really just want to know if anyone is using a hydrometer, and if so, how long do you wait between readings to determine if the SG is stable.

 
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Old 03-22-2012, 04:54 PM   #8
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you should be able to use plastic soda bottles if you want, because PET plastic is
used nowadays to sell cider vinegar in, so the acid content of kombucha should be
more than accounted for.

 
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Old 03-22-2012, 05:36 PM   #9
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I have personally not found a hydrometer useful for estimating if the fermentation is done. After awhile, it seems the nose knows...

 
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Old 03-27-2012, 05:18 PM   #10
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Well I just started a new batch, OG 1.024, I'll post results in a week or two. It seems like the scoby will just keep eating ALL the sugar though, leaving you with vinegar. So the whole safe bottling thing is a conundrum. Maybe I'll just keep drinking it as a still beverage, drawing it off the spigot as needed.

It surprises me that people have not had good success with souring beers with a scoby, seems like throwing a scoby in once your beer hit FG from the sach would work well...

 
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