paniscus, here's a link to some Kombucha info: http://w3.trib.com/~kombu/
There's a lot there, but the very first thing you see is a brief description. VERY brief! Dig in as far as you wish.
OK, all, I messed it up already! The mushroom I got was for only a quart, but I used the NT/Sally Fallon recipe, which is for three quarts. After reseaching online and reading a book, I thought, "OK, I just need to pick one recipe/method and stick with it." So I just skimmed the recipe that came with it and skipped that it was for a different amount! So, after already brewing the tea and adding my starter and mushroom, I removed two quarts with a ladle. Now, I think I should be OK and only need to get some more starter to add, since that will have dissipated throughout the three quarts. What do you think? Esp. Ocean Momma, since you look like a true guru!
I MUST know about this chai kombucha recipe! Please share! And, since I have no point of comparison, I don't know how sweet it is compared to homemade. But, when I sampled it, it was with someone who has made it in the past. She said it tasted pretty much like the store bought.
If I screw it up, how willing are you to share a baby?