Good to know it all looks ok. I bottled some today. It was sweet but I figure it will get a little more tart during the second ferment? I probably should have waited a bit longer but I was so anxious!
: I still don't love the flavor and the jellythings kinda make me queezy....but! i think it's good stuff. Also, as for the "ready made" I have liked the GT Grape best. I'm proably a wimp but I have strained each bottle first because of the floaters
I've been filtering everythign through a coffee filter. It looks more clear than the gt's. Am I doing a bad thing by straining?
It made three bottles. I used the old GT bottles and I did a lemon rind/ginger in two of them and then one of dried cherry like I read here. I wanted to add some lemon juice to the ginger one but didn't know if this would hurt anything (second ferment only!). Didn't know if the acid would hurt or whatever...
I put the mother and 2 babies back into my new black tea/sugar I brewed. Both babies were thin and flimsy but I figured that since some of us are using small pieces of a scoby floating in the Gt it wouldn't hurt. I also used green tea and I have now read that the kombucha prefers black. i used green because i read that a lot of people like the flavor better but it seemed like mine were kinda slow growing. This was day 8 I think. Seems like my babies should be thicker?
So, my new batch has cooled and I put the mama scoby in it and the two younger scobies. I also added a bit of the previous batch.
I hope i'm doing this ok.
How long do I do the second ferment? 4 days ok?
also, I realize that this thread is for growing our own scobies so I hope you guys didn't mind I jumped in with my "real" (purchased) scoby!
thanks emeraldgardner and wildiris! I love reading your flavor combos/trials!