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

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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 ...