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backtobasicsmum 01-29-2012 07:54 PM

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:tu It looks so nice! :giggle

Actually, yours is much "cleaner" looking. Mine has lots of brown stringys/spent yeast cells on it....plus the occasional spec from a loose tea leaf that slipped through.

PaperMomma 01-29-2012 09:31 PM

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Pretty!!!




So where's a good place to buy a scoby? I tried to grow one from a store bought bottle, but it's been sitting for 2+ weeks now and there's no sign of anything. :snooty

Soliloquy 01-29-2012 09:34 PM

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Originally Posted by PaperMomma (Post 4433998)
Pretty!!!




So where's a good place to buy a scoby? I tried to grow one from a store bought bottle, but it's been sitting for 2+ weeks now and there's no sign of anything. :snooty

Is there even a little film at the top? It can take longer in winter.

My hfs sells them for $5, I think someone said Whole Foods does, too. PM me if you can't locate one.

PaperMomma 01-29-2012 09:44 PM

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Originally Posted by LisaM (Post 4434007)
Is there even a little film at the top? It can take longer in winter.

My hfs sells them for $5, I think someone said Whole Foods does, too. PM me if you can't locate one.

There's nothing. :snooty


I'll check around, thanks. I even tried to talk DH into stopping at Whole Foods tonight, but he didn't want to. :snooty:giggle

cobluegirl 01-29-2012 09:55 PM

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add more sugar to it and see if that works.

houseforjoy 01-30-2012 12:02 PM

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Just need to say the blueberry is delicious!! AND i strain the blueberries out and use them in muffins and pancakes and they are still yummy in them!

Lisa-- what kind of grapes do you use ???

JustMandy 01-30-2012 01:39 PM

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Your scoby is so pretty. Mine is weird and ugly. :giggle

Has anyone else tried the crystalized ginger yet...it's my fave. I have one with vanilla beans I had in vanilla syrup brewing and can't wait to try it!

PaperMomma 01-30-2012 10:20 PM

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Originally Posted by cobluegirl (Post 4434032)
add more sugar to it and see if that works.

You think even though it's been sitting for 2+ weeks it'd be ok? Or should I get another bottle of kombucha and try again with more sugar? :shrug3

cobluegirl 01-30-2012 10:23 PM

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sure can't hurt...put a lid on it too...

PaperMomma 02-01-2012 11:07 AM

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It IS growing a scoby!!! :rockon I noticed 2 days ago that it was starting to smell like kombucha, and then today I smelled it again, and when I looked there was the thinnest little scoby on top! I'm so excited!!!


Question though- I started some pickles yesterday. Is it ok for them to sit next to the kombucha (they both have a cloth over them) or do they need to be on separate sides of the kitchen?

cobluegirl 02-01-2012 11:35 AM

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I wouldn't put them next to each other.

shekinah 02-06-2012 08:43 PM

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Thanks to a wonderful GCM :heart , my SCOBY arrived today! I thought for sure it'd arrive frozen solid, but it's just really cold, no ice crystals or anything. We'll see in a couple weeks how it turns out, lol. DH is on the hunt right now to get me a larger jar. The one I had was not as big as I thought it was.

And wow, is it ever difficult to find BLACK TEA. I was just at the Superstore, thinking they'd have basics. Millions of boxes of green or orange pekoe (sp?) from all kinds of brands, lots of specialty herbal blends, and some black with flavours in it, but I must have combed over every box for fifteen minutes trying to find just plain old black. Eventually got some, ha.

Tea is brewed. Just waiting on DH, and then it's SCOBY time :rockon

Soliloquy 02-06-2012 08:46 PM

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Orange pekoe is a variety of black tea. So is darjeeling.

cobluegirl 02-06-2012 08:48 PM

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ya..Lipton is black

backtobasicsmum 02-06-2012 08:53 PM

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Good old Red Rose tea is black tea, I believe. Also, do you have a Bulk Barn up there? They have several selections of bulk black tea. I buy a black chai tea that is great for kombucha.


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