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Beachgirl
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I just bought my first bottle of GT's organic raw Kombucha.  I know many of you love it & brew it yourselves & I'm just wondering if you loved it right off the bat or if you had to become accustomed to it?  I got the citrus flavor (no avoids) and it kind of tastes like lemon flavored vinegar.  It's not disgusting, I'm just not sure I love it. (or like it!) I'm determined to drink it & give it a go.  I'm also curious, what sort of health benefits everyone has seen from it?  I know it's loaded with lots of B vitamins & it's supposed to be a great antioxidant, but I'd love to hear some firsthand experiences with it.  


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Being Asian, when I got my first whiff of GT's (original), I could smell a bit of "fermented foods" such as fermented soy bean paste, natto-ey type of smell. I overfermented my water kefir recently (no big loss, just has more of a vinegary taste and more potency) and it had that smell. It is very slight so unless you know what you are trying to look for in the smell, you might not notice it.

I "forced" my first two gulps and became addicted to it later on. I started to "miss" it after finishing my first bottle.

Now, I rotate between water kefir and kombucha (since kombucha takes longer to brew) and feel funny when I do not drink both.

It is 12:30 a.m. and I dropped by my apartment (2 miles from school) to pour some water kefir into glass bottles and bring to school. I am pulling an all nighter at the library and am craving compliant foods. The junky processed stuff was not doing much for me. So, I am trying to make do with "raw" diamonds such as fresh fruits and veggies... and foods that do not need preparing that I can eat from the package like cheese.


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PP, I'm sure that the diamonds will help flush that junk food right out!  Also, did you get a headache the first time you drank Kombucha?  I only managed about a 1/4 of the bottle & about 15-20 mins later, I got a headache.  I'm not sure if it's from the alcohol in it or not, as I don't drink alcoholic beverages at all.


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I actually had the runs, a mild headache, sinus ache, and felt a bit "drunk". I was in the middle of a candida cleanse when I drank kombucha. Kombucha is supposed to kill candida... so all my symptoms were from the candida dying off.

After the candida cleanse, I do not experience anything from drinking kombucha except feeling nourished and hydrated. I find it much better at hydrating than water.


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That's interesting!  I got the headache & a little bit of an upset tummy & maybe felt a bit of a buzz.  I would not be surprised if I have candida as well.  I haven't done the spit test yet, but between the prednisone & antibiotics I was just on, I'm sure I've got all kinds of undesirables in my gut.


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prednisone, abx, asthma, and sinus meds were what did it for me. once the candida cleared, though... no more asthma, sinuses, or allergies. i am actually quite amazed. i had allergies since i was about 7ish.

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That's interesting!  I got the headache & a little bit of an upset tummy & maybe felt a bit of a buzz.  I would not be surprised if I have candida as well.  I haven't done the spit test yet, but between the prednisone & antibiotics I was just on, I'm sure I've got all kinds of undesirables in my gut.




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Wow!  That's great info, PP!  I'll have to do the spit test & then start conquering the candida if it's positive.  I will stick with the kombucha & see if it helps.  Thanks for the insight!


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If you have time for a novel or just want to jump into the conversation, Beachgirl (are there beaches in Nevada? ), come join us on the Water Kefir & Kombucha Adventures thread.


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Drea, sadly no, Nevada's pretty beach free.  I'm Beachgirl because I'm dreaming of leaving the desert & heading to the beach one day!     A girl can dream, right?  I knew there was a Kombucha thread... I just had a hard time finding it last night.  Thanks for the link!


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It took me about a month to drink two-three bottles of buch. It gave me headache and made me ache, yes detox reaction and candida. I know in the long run it may heal and keep certain familial disease at bay so I will drink it. I have to try the water kefir again. It was a little bit to get past the 'pabst blue ribbon' smell. I tried making buch but I suspect my kitchen had too much going on it  it. With milk keifr and all. I am now drinking 5-6 bottles a week and I order once a month wholesale thru my coop. about a $1 cheaper than the health food store. There can  be a 'buzz' but for me it is not an alcohol buzz, more of an energetic feel and the clean feeling. Somewhat like after drinking a cup of yerba mate. I get the same lift. I am glad PP and Drea are doing so well with I hope in my new home I can too.  


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I have just picked up my first Kombucha culture to make my own. Very decent chap gave me some for free.

So looking into all that you need to know to make your my first batch.

Kombucha is a Swami super-food Diamond for me and DD but surprisingly an avoid for DW

go figure, I'll update her swami and see if it changes to a neutral or a beneficial


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PC, keep us posted on how it turns out-- I'd like to give it a try, but don't know where to start.

I absolutely love Kombucha. It really seems to help me with certain digestive and hypo-glycemic problems, even though my swami only rates it neutral. Also surprising to see mentioned the "buzz" factor. I thought I was imagining this! And because my initial reaction to it was also a headache and bellyache (but soldiering on, that part disappeared after a few evenings) I'm curious now about the candida connection and why my GI seems to like it so much.
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there seems to be a detox reaction at the start maybe even for a few weeks some say.

some use distilled water, some sear by lipton tea, although mine will be green tea.

also people swear by using white sugar, i will be using cane sugar.

first off i need a big glass container which i don't have....


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Goodness, i never knew the health benefits of Kombucha, been reading about it all afternoon. amazing.

shame i didn't get into it a bit earlier on in the blood type journey. I suppose it was all a bit daunting. but like everything once you get an interest and actually just do it, it's not that hard. to do.

I haven't actually started yet as i can get hold of a gig enough glass jar!! what is it with the uk and it's fear of wide mouth glass jars.



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I loved it right off My first impression was of hard cider, which interestingly, I don't care for...

The first time I drank a bottle it gave me gas, but only the first time. I attribute that to the battle between good and evil bacteria in my system - seems like the evil was defeated - without much of a fight, I might add.

But for me, the most amazing effect has been that it has cleared up my rosacea. Completely. Gone without a trace When I go out of town and don't drink any kombucha for several days, my rosacea reappears as if by magic. As soon as I'm back home and have it every day again - gone!

I'd go broke if I had to buy a bottle for everyday, so I make my own - it's almost free. I'd be shocked if it were more than 50cents a gallon


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Been making our own for almost 2 years. We each drink at least 16 oz daily to which we add juiced ginger. I juice lots of ginger for a few months and freeze in weekly portions. The spleen has an affinity for ginger.

Consume more on a hot summer's day. I make it with green or oolong tea. The oolong is especially nice.  
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How about some actual methods of preparing Kombucha amd other tips?


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Quoted from Drea
If you have time for a novel or just want to jump into the conversation, Beachgirl (are there beaches in Nevada? ), come join us on the Water Kefir & Kombucha Adventures thread.


This information required for making kombucha is contained in the above thread that Drea posted the other day.  
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ta oxo


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started reading that thread looks great but it's a long one and has a lot about kefir in it which is confusing me.


I am going to buy a book on the subject, seems important enough can anyone recommend and books they have read please?


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policychecker - This is a sight I found to be very comprehensive...

http://www.foodrenegade.com/how-to-brew-kombucha-double-fermentation-method/

Also, if you want to make your own SCOBY, it's very easy...

http://chinese.food.com/recipe/kombucha-scoby-to-start-your-own-kombucha-brew-359720


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I make kombucha and I drink it by the quart.  I was "warned" that I should start slow and build up, but I didn't.  I just started making it and drinking it and I never herxed, never detoxed, never nothing.  I haven't seen any health benefits whatsoever, but I like the flavor, so I drink it.


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I love kombucha and have made it myself for about a year. The websites I used a lot for advice for getting started are:

Kombucha Kamp http://www.kombuchakamp.com/
Cultures for Health http://www.culturesforhealth.com/kombucha

I originally got my SCOBY at the local food co-op. I have 2 continuous brews going. I haven't had any kombucha for about a month, because I thought I had candida overgrowth, but I just started seeing a different naturopath and she believes the problem was actually my diet and got me started on BTD. So I'm going to start brewing again.

In addition to continuous brewing (see Kombucha Kamp for details), one recommendation I have is to try doing secondary brewing. Use swing-top bottles like these:
http://www.specialtybottle.com/swingtopbottlesmi.aspx
I get mine at the local hardware store, but they are available online at various places. After my kombucha's initial ferment is done, I put it into the swingtop bottle and add fruit/flavorings for secondary ferment. Normally, I add frozen berries. I also really like dried elderberries with lavender. Kombucha Kamp has a lot of ideas. It's very important not to add flavors to the initial ferment--you will disrupt the SCOBY.

I think brewing kombucha is incredibly easy. In the year I've been doing it, I've never had a single problem.
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I am wondering whether i should be trying to produce organic preservative free wine in the the same room as a kombucha tea.


i turn a ozone generator on while racking the wine but with now sulphites in the room i wonder if I'm asking for trouble.

anyone done or doing the same?


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I made kombucha for several years, but as I live alone, I couldn't drink enough kombucha AND water kefir. I much prefer the water kefir, so that's what I'm focusing on. I made two 2.5 gallon batches of kombucha that turned to vinegar because I couldn't keep up with it. I use the vinegar for my hair and I gave away a lot of it! I have the scobies in their hotel, waiting for that time when I feel like I have more time...

Feel free to ask any questions, PC, and I'll give you any tips I can. I realize the other thread is long...which is why I started another thread for my new milk kefir adventure!


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