I need some tips on how to get my tea to taste as "dry" and crazy carbonated as GT Dave. I bought a scoby from the bacteria pimp, and have made several batches of KT, but the first batch we were too impatient to try it (after 2 weeks for a huge glass jar with no 2nd fermentation after we bottled it) and DH liked it, but for me it was too sweet and not fizzy enough.
Second batch DH proclaimed it "closer" to the dry fizzy stuff we are HOOKED on, but still for me the carbonation wasn't enough, and it tasted strongly of vinegar, not quite in the same way that GT dave has that "snappy" taste, but more like a glass of vinegar. So we let 2 small bottles of it ferment on the counter without the scoby for a week and then popped it in the fridge. It's not bad, but we aren't dying to drink it and we keep paying $3.99 a bottle for GT Dave.
So I just decanted a new batch into the smaller bottles and I have TWO thick pancakes in each of the big jars
so now I need to get two more big jars.
But I need to know! Why is my KT not as tasty??? What can I do to increase the bubbles and get rid of the syrupy/vinegary taste? Is it because I am using black tea and Dave uses green? Am I putting too much sugar in? I stuck these two newest small bottles right in the fridge wondering if that will somehow preserve the bubbles I've already got instead of the counter ferment? Should I grate some fresh ginger into it? That's my fave GT flavor.
Help! I'm going broke buying GT Dave and I need my KT to be as crave-worthy.