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So I'm trying again this morning, this time with a big fat scoby I got from a friend and 2 cups of kombucha to 3 quarts of tea.....<br><br>
Only problem is, my hfs only carries flavored kombucha! So I had to get the kind that has a bit of ginger juice in it. Think this will be a problem, or will it just give the scoby something else to eat? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:
 

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I started out brewing kombucha by growing my own scoby from a bottle of GT's Synergy, Raspberry flavored. I had no problems with it. That was several months ago, and now I have two batches brewing at a time, with multiple scobies that are each a couple inches thick -- all from that one bottle of raspberry flavored kombucha.<br><br>
Hopefully the gingered one will work for you -- if not, try the raspberry! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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Don't use the ginger kombucha! I hope it's not too late, but I've read that ginger is anti-microbial, so therefore it could kill some of the cultures in the scoby. A lot of herbs and spices are anti-microbial. Could your friend who gave you the scoby give you a couple of cups of her home-brewed kombucha?
 

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I would be really hesitant to add anything other than tea, sugar, water and kombucha to my culture. You can, though, use PASTUERIZED apple cider vinegar (I'm thinking it's a tablespoon or two, but don't remember for sure) to prime your culture if you don't have plain kombucha to add.
 
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