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Old 11-28-2012, 06:51 AM   #1
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Hi Everyone -

I decided to go with just one more quart jar for this first real batch. I figure after this, Ill have my new baby and a mother, and be able to really start making some KT in bulk.

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I have one darker spot, but I do not think it is any type of contamination.

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Old 12-04-2012, 06:54 AM   #2
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I just made my first batch as well. I got a little paranoid when I saw what I thought to be black spots. I've concluded it's just a pocket of air created by the gas buildup. Scoby gets thin in black tea..... it's an iliuuuuuuusion

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Old 12-06-2012, 02:00 AM   #3
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I think the bubbles, as mentioned will be either bubbles or, at time in my case.. yeast pockets. As mentioned in a prior reply.. I'd suggest using half black and half green tea.. or, use at least some black tea.
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Old 12-12-2012, 10:07 PM   #4
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In my experience the SCOBY both filters the tea (you'll find flecks of tea like pepper appear in it) and is ultimately stained by tea. Older SCOBYs will darken all over while younger ones appear to have spots and dark areas.
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