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AngelaVA 10-04-2011 03:26 PM

Re: kombucha 101 thread!
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by backtobasicsmum (Post 4156358)
I really, really prefer white teas....can I try those?

I wouldn't waste your money on expensive teas, it's not going to taste at all like tea when it's done. I just get black organic generic tea from WF's.

backtobasicsmum 10-04-2011 04:18 PM

Re: kombucha 101 thread! *another question #32*
 
Thanks. I did figure that out. I bought some bulk black tea at my local "bulk barn". I'll save my white tea for when I want a hot cup. :yes

AngelaVA 10-05-2011 12:29 PM

Re: kombucha 101 thread! *another question #32*
 
:hissyfit I didn't make Kombucha for a few weeks and then I made it again and I just went to check it and there is a layer growing on top with dots of green fuzzy mold. Do I just need to throw this batch out or do I need to throw my scoby out too??

cobluegirl 10-05-2011 12:51 PM

Re: kombucha 101 thread! *another question #32*
 
unfortunately with mold... you have to throw the whole thing out and start over.

Soliloquy 10-05-2011 02:12 PM

Re: kombucha 101 thread! *another question #32*
 
:cry :yes2

Can you share specifics with us of how you stored it? So we can learn from each other?

AngelaVA 10-05-2011 05:08 PM

Re: kombucha 101 thread! *another question #32*
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by LisaM (Post 4201696)
:cry :yes2

Can you share specifics with us of how you stored it? So we can learn from each other?

I didn't really do anything to store it, I guess that's the problem, I kept thinking I was going to brew more tea for it "tomorrow" and tomorrow turned into like 2 or 3 weeks and there was very little tea left in the container with the scoby when I poured more in.

cobluegirl 10-05-2011 05:15 PM

Re: kombucha 101 thread! *another question #32*
 
That is odd. It shouldn't have done that. I have left mine for months...and it hasn't molded..however it usually has a lid on it.

AngelaVA 10-05-2011 05:54 PM

Re: kombucha 101 thread! *another question #32*
 
Mine just has a cloth rubber banded around the lid so maybe dust or something or I somehow contaminated it when I was brewing the tea.

cobluegirl 10-05-2011 05:55 PM

Re: kombucha 101 thread! *another question #32*
 
weird.... :-/ I store mine in a jar with a metal lid btw.

backtobasicsmum 10-05-2011 06:09 PM

Re: kombucha 101 thread! *another question #32*
 
That stinks. Sorry Angela.

Another question: My MIL is interested in this, but she drinks NO caffine and NO sugar. Would a caffene free tea work at all? Like herbal teas? And has anyone ever made Kombucha with honey?

cobluegirl 10-05-2011 06:16 PM

Re: kombucha 101 thread! *another question #32*
 
It needs caffeine to grow I believe and the sugar is mostly eaten...

Soliloquy 10-05-2011 06:32 PM

Re: kombucha 101 thread! *another question #32*
 
Herbal tea will not work. You might get something but it won't be kombucha and it wouldn't be safe to consume.

You can make it with honey. I've never tried it, though. Quality honey is so expensive. The sugar is consumed by the SCOBY, though, there is very little sugar left if you let it ferment long enough. I'm on the GAPS Diet which doesn't allow any sugar, maple syrup, grains, potatoes, corn, and hardly any legumes but we are allowed to drink kombucha if it has been fermented long enough.

I react very strongly to caffeinated coffee and tea but I don't react to kombucha at all. FWIW.

backtobasicsmum 10-05-2011 07:54 PM

Re: kombucha 101 thread! *another question #32*
 
I'll let her know those things. I think she is willing to try my kombucha and see how it goes. :rockon

houseforjoy 10-06-2011 12:44 PM

Re: kombucha 101 thread! *another question #32*
 
i thought you couldn't use honey?? i know you can't with water kefir bc of honey's antibacterial properties. i would think it would act similarly on kombucha??

Soliloquy 10-06-2011 10:15 PM

Re: kombucha 101 thread! *another question #32*
 
T hat's what I've read many places, too. But I used to be in a couple of kt yahoo groups and there were people who had been using honey for quite awhile. Plus, if you think about it, kt is quite old. Cane sugar used to be extremely expensive, only for the wealthy, and doesn't grow in Russia. They must've used something else originally.


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