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Exploding bottles and sweet tea

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I have successfully brewed four or five batches of delicious kombucha, but this last time something did not go right. I let my 25L jar sit for about 4 weeks and the tea was still very very sweet. I had never encountered this before so decided to bottle it anyways. After a couple of days I realized that the juice I added started to mold a bit and it just didn't look right. I opened a bottle and it exploded all over my kitchen. Any ideas for how to get it back to the right sugar level?

Thanks for your help

 

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Has the temperature dropped where the tea is being made? Are you continues or batch brewing?
What recipe are you using?
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I don't think the temperature has dropped, we keep it pretty consistent in the house. I am just brewing single batches each time, but I keep some of the mother liquid to use in starting the new batch. I have found a lot of recipes, but for the 25L batch I used 4 (maybe 5) cups of sugar, 8 tablespoons black tea and 4 green tea bags. I used to have a recipe from a friend and just used 2 cups sugar and the batches turned out good, but then I was told that I should use more. 

Should I add some vinegar to the tea? 

I know I maybe should not have, but I was reading blogs last night and took out the mother, leaving just the new one because the mother was getting a lot of air pockets in it. 

 

Thanks for your help

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