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Old 12-26-2006, 10:37 PM - Thread Starter
 
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What do you brew your kombucha in? I've read that you should use a big bowl. Can you use a pitcher? I have done it in a glass pitcher a few times and it seems to work, though it takes a really long time. Would I be better off in a shallower container like a large bowl.
What do you cover yours with? I have used paper towels, cheese cloth and kitchen towels.
My last batch got moldy and I had to throw it away. Once I got horrible fruit flies from it.
Any other tips for a relative newbie?

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Old 12-26-2006, 11:28 PM
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I use a 1 gallon wide mouth jar, and I cover it with a paper coffee filter held on by a rubber band.

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I use a 1 gallon jar that I got from Target. In other locations I've seen it referred to as a tea jar. It's kind of like what I would call an apothecar jar. I use a flour sack towel to cover mine, but I make sure to iron it before covering my brewing vessel to sanitize it. Are you making sure to save some kombucha from the finished batch to pour on top of your scoby in the new batch?
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I have a couple of 1 gallon glass jars I use. One looks like a fancy fishbowl (rounded with a lip on the rim) and the other is like a glass cookie jar. Both have wide mouth openigs.

I cover them with a tea towell secured with a big rubberband.
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I use a glass mixing bowl covered with a tea towel and secured w/ a rubber band. I've also used a casserole dish. while the scoby needs to breathe, I do think you can have such a thing as too much surface area. Even my bowl is wider than it is deep. I think this is why my kombucha brews so quickly. It is vinegar within 7 days. If I harvest it soon enough, it has worked to use what I do. It just means drinking it often!
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