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 Post subject: Re: Addicted to Kombucha
PostPosted: Thu Mar 27, 2014 7:31 am 
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well, instead of making the new batch, maybe i'll just let mine sit for a while! (i think it's too hot here to get your result, but why not try....)

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 Post subject: Re: Addicted to Kombucha
PostPosted: Thu Mar 27, 2014 1:04 pm 
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I couldn't help myself, I broke into my stash just 3 days into the 2nd fermentation period. It's nice and bubbly, but not too bubbly since I'm not a fan, but it's just a tad too sweet maybe. Like one of the reasons I enjoy the storebought stuff is it's downright tangy. So, should I have let the 1st ferment go longer, or will the bottles I still have at room temperature continue to sour?


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 Post subject: Re: Addicted to Kombucha
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i find that the longer i leave the first ferment, the more the sourness grows, nothing happens in secondary except for carbonation (unless i put in too much juice or sweetener).
you tasted it before you put it in secondary?

(warning: it is really hot where i am and that's all i find myself thinking about. i almost never have a too-sweet problem)

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 Post subject: Re: Addicted to Kombucha
PostPosted: Thu Mar 27, 2014 2:54 pm 
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torque, I'm no expert but it seems to me that heat should actually help it along...

Audrey - in my experience it continues to sour during the 2nd fermentation as the culture goes on consuming the sugar. It will also get increasingly fizzy though, so if you want sourness without bubbles you probably want a longer 1st fermentation. 2nd fermentation is not even strictly necessary if you don't want bubbles.


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 Post subject: Re: Addicted to Kombucha
PostPosted: Thu Mar 27, 2014 3:02 pm 
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heat makes it go so fast! (maybe it's just me, but i started doing it up north and it took a reasonable amount of time. these batches, sometimes it's done in 3 days, which is faster than i can drink it.) i've been fooling around with less sugar, weaker tea, etc to make it fit the weekly schedule i need.

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 Post subject: Re: Addicted to Kombucha
PostPosted: Thu Mar 27, 2014 4:29 pm 
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hmm, but doesn't that mean it gets alcoholic faster too? I don't fully understand it, and living in the mild climate I guess I haven't had to... :P

Lately I've been using weaker tea with less sugar myself, and I haven't noticed any effect on the brewing time, though it does affect the flavor a little (less sweet, obviously).


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 Post subject: Re: Addicted to Kombucha
PostPosted: Thu Mar 27, 2014 8:07 pm 
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it would make sense, since from what i gather the yeast is more affected by the heat than the bacteria are (?). I did notice some of the booch getting much more of a kick than it did when the weather was cooler.

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 Post subject: Re: Addicted to Kombucha
PostPosted: Thu Mar 27, 2014 8:30 pm 
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I have a thermometer strip on my kombucha. I typically never make buch in the winter because it's nearly impossible to get it warm enough and the first fermentation can take a week longer than normal. When it's nice and warm (temp of the buch is abour 78-80) it grows soooo good. In the summer time i can usually get a ton of fizz off the first fermentation.

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 Post subject: Re: Addicted to Kombucha
PostPosted: Sun Apr 13, 2014 3:08 pm 
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I just had my first apricot kombucha! The apricot flavor is a little strong - I think I put in 3 dried apricots (sliced up) and I'll probably cut back to 2 next time. But I mixed it with some ginger kombucha and it was delicious! Definitely gotta make apricot-ginger next.


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 Post subject: Re: Addicted to Kombucha
PostPosted: Sun Apr 13, 2014 3:13 pm 
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Ok. The apricot ginger did it. I have to make that. Brewing some tea tomorrow and officially starting my kombucha making back up! How long did you do the second fermentation for? After my explosion I'm a little scared of fermenting too long.

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 Post subject: Re: Addicted to Kombucha
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I let it go for about 6 days but that was a little too long as it turned out, definitely glad I cracked it open over the sink! It has been really nice, warm weather this week, so 4 days probably would have been about perfect.


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 Post subject: Re: Addicted to Kombucha
PostPosted: Mon Apr 14, 2014 8:46 am 
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apricot and ginger sounds awesome!!
i've been trying to keep it seasonal, which now means finding some way to use persimmon. i did a plain batch last time, and it was really nice. almost champagney.

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 Post subject: Re: Addicted to Kombucha
PostPosted: Thu May 29, 2014 10:12 am 
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I'm new to kombucha, and today is only my third time drinking it (finally found a kind that doesn't taste like straight-up vinegar). But every time I drink it, it makes me poop! Like, a lot. Not that I'm opposed to extra pooping, I guess, but it makes me feel like I can't drink it if I'm not going to be near a bathroom in the near future. I assume this must have something to do with the fermentation, but fermented foods don't do this to me. Does that happen to anyone else?

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Kombucha is a probiotic drink so that likely explains the extra poop

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 Post subject: Re: Addicted to Kombucha
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I wonder if it's because I already take a daily probiotic. Too much good bacteria in my guts!

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 Post subject: Re: Addicted to Kombucha
PostPosted: Thu May 29, 2014 3:06 pm 
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How much are you drinking all at once? I kinda "eased into" my kombucha habit just drinking about 1/3 of a bottle per day, and nowadays I drink a full 16oz bottle almost everyday. But I can imagine that my digestive system might've reacted strongly if hadn't worked my way up to that. :)


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 Post subject: Re: Addicted to Kombucha
PostPosted: Thu May 29, 2014 3:16 pm 
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About half a bottle.

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 Post subject: Re: Addicted to Kombucha
PostPosted: Thu May 29, 2014 3:22 pm 
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Maybe if you scale it back a little and just gradually increase the amount it would give your system time to adapt to it. Unless you want to be able to use it as a handy laxative!


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