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A beverage that is created by symbiotic yeast and bacteria (SCOBY) fermenting in tea.

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Why do we want an oxygen rich environment for Kombucha but not for Beer?

I recently started brewing Kombucha and one thing I noted is how they tell you it's required to do open vessel fermentation. The main reason why I am asking is because I wanted to ferment it under ...
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Kombucha lacks vinegar taste

I have been brewing Kombucha for about two years. I tried growing a few Scobys in small jars to give to friends, but I noticed that the liquid in the jars, which should have been mature Kombucha an ...
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Is it common to refrigerate after 2F with ginger beer?

I've been having luck brewing kombucha this past year and am interested in trying out ginger beer since I have been lead to believe the processes are quite similar (besides the 1 way valve for 1F). ...
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Dilemma whether it is MOLD on kombucha with green section

I am in the process of making my third batch of Kombucha and ingredients that I have used were Darjeeling Black Tea Darjeeling Green Tea SCOBY (of course) Note: i haven't flavored yet Now, the issue ...
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How can I ascertain ABV and/or Brix of a mixed fermentation using only specific gravity measurements?

I recently bought an inexpensive little hydrometer in the goal of roughly measuring the alcohol and sugar content of my home-brewed kombucha. I didn't think too hard about the methodology of this ...
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How can I rebottle my kombucha without losing carbonation?

I've been giving brewing my own kombucha a try, following this guide. It's been going well, and I've made it all the way through my first batch! \o/ The one bit where I differed from the guide was in ...
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Stopping fermentation in soft drinks

Does anyone know how they manage to stop all these (naturally) fermented drinks sold commercially from fermenting once they are bottled? I’ve seen kombucha bottles coming from another part of the ...
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How SCOBY is grown?

I can not seem to find an answer to the question how kombucha is made from scratch without already posessing SCOBY or kombucha. For example a sourdough starter is grown only from flour and water, ...
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How to know if kombucha is alcoholic?

So I am into making kombucha at home: I made a SCOBY, grew it, and I have successful kombuchas. My normal recipe makes a "ginger kombucha", pretty much kombucha with sugar and ginger. It disappears ...
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How to avoid SCOBY in the Kombucha bottle? (second fermentation)

I am a kombucha brewer, and for a long time I have been trying to avoid SCOBY formation in the bottle during the second fermentation. Does anyone know some way to do this?
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Kombucha starter: minimum quantity for successful brew?

I recently bought a 3 gallon fermentation vessel which came with a scoby package that said it's good for one gallon. Do I need to use 3 of the scoby packages or will one do with just a little extra ...
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Pitching kombucha starter instead of yeast

My friend recently gave me the idea of making a kombucha-inoculated beer. Having never done it before, the principle seems fairly straightforward to me (this is my own guesswork): Ferment kombucha as ...
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Cold crashing kombucha

Does cold crashing kombucha work in terms of removing yeast and creating a brighter product? I am using a continuous brew process where I decant from the primary fermenter in to a secondary ...
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Kombucha has dark, green grey dust/moss inside liquid

Some of my kombuchas form a strange, greenish-grey powdery substance inside them. This looks like moss or dust, and appears embedded in the transparent matrices of strands inside the liquid, although ...
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Kombucha fermentation time(s)

I'm getting all sorts of feedback as for the fermentation times when brewing kombucha from internet blogs, friends brewing at home,... I believe different fermentation times will give the kombucha ...
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What is the proper way to store SCOBY?

What is the proper way to store SCOBY for periods over 3~4 months? I've stored some discs/plates of SCOBY in the fridge (not freezing temperatures) on its own fermented tea, but after 3 months when I ...
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Specific Gravities for Kombucha

The most-recent episode of Basic Brewing Radio has got me thinking about making Kombucha. What would be a typical OG (original gravity) and FG (final gravity) for a Kombucha?
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Bleed pressure from swing-top bottle?

I use 1 litre swing-top bottles to make kombucha. Yes, I know it's not really homebrew in some people's eyes, but I figured someone here could help. Depending on what ingredients I use, sometimes I ...
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Should my first batch of kombucha smell like vinegar?

I'm about one week into growing my first SCOBY that I can use to make my own kombucha. I opted to grow my own instead of purchase one just because it looked simple enough. I took a whiff of the brew ...
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Why is my Kombucha getting thicker?

I am brewing my Kombucha for about four months now, starting a new batch every four to five days. Since three weeks my Kombucha got a little thick (viscous, syrupy). I did not change my recipe, the ...
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Does Kombucha lose calories while fermenting?

While brewing Kombucha sugar is transformed to carbon dioxide, alcohol, acid, etc. But what does that mean to the calories? Is there less? How much less? Here is my setup: tea: 25 ltr sugar: 1000 ...
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Flavoring Kombucha with herbs

I would like to try flavoring my kombucha. I have heard you can add herbs like mint after fermentation, before botteling. But then I would have the leafs in by bottles, right? Or do I have to take ...
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Is my kombucha scoby safe?

My scoby has developed red flecks. There are only about 3 of them. Is it still ok? The rest of the scoby is the normal whitish beige color.
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Where to find clear glass beer bottles?

Can't seem to find any 12 oz clear glass beer bottles (without caps) online anywhere. Other ideas?
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Measure remaining sugar in kombucha brew w/ hydrometer?

I'm brewing kombucha and would like to figure out when the best time to bottle it to build up some carbonation. I'm also interested in figuring out how much sugar is remaining so I can calculate the ...
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Is there a way to tell if fruit flies have laid eggs?

I am going cross-eyed trying to tell if there are fruit fly larvae on the walls of my continuous brew kombucha. I have seen fruit flies on the outside, but I don't think they can get in through the ...
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How do I ferment homemade brewed tea - a black tea

Does anyone have an idea of how to brew a homemade tea? The idea is to take tea leaves and boil the water to get the tea base . What do Ido from here???
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How do conventional foods effect kombucha brewing?

I would like to know how/if chemicals such as pesticides commonly found with conventional foods or even those found in tap water; how/if they affect the quality of the kombucha first or second stage ...
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How do I know if my Kombucha Scoby is growing something funky?

The dominant color of my scoby is, for lack of a better color vocabulary, light plum. But there are some whiteish bits which concern me a bit. I would say it smells fairly fresh (and sour) and ...
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