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Posted by: deblynn3, Thursday, May 20, 2010, 8:48pm
I didn't even know what this stuff was until the day BD said try it you'll like it. Well I didn't really care for the one she had but I loved the cranberry one and ginger one was pretty good to.

It's a benni for gatherer. over $4.00 a 16oz bottle :o  Did what every good gatherer would do
Make my own!

First batch bottled. Said wait 4 days. This is day 4. Needs a little more fizz. I'll leave unrefrigerated another day. All but the sample bottle. Oh! it's sooooooo gooooood. ;D
Posted by: battle dwarf, Thursday, May 20, 2010, 8:53pm; Reply: 1
were's mine? were's mine? make any of the mangstean?
Posted by: deblynn3, Thursday, May 20, 2010, 8:58pm; Reply: 2
You got 2 elderberries, I'll do the mangosteen next time and more of the elderberries. Did mostly cranberry because I had to use the frozen berries up.

You can come get them anytime. Still need to be out to fizz up some.
Posted by: deblynn3, Thursday, May 20, 2010, 9:01pm; Reply: 3
Oh, batch 2 is already working.
Posted by: Victoria, Thursday, May 20, 2010, 9:10pm; Reply: 4
Way to go!!   ;D
Posted by: Eric, Thursday, May 20, 2010, 10:53pm; Reply: 5
I drink it a lot in the summer.. but yeah, at $4 a bottle it's a little crazy!  I really want to start making it.  Anyone have any experience?
Posted by: deblynn3, Thursday, May 20, 2010, 11:15pm; Reply: 6
You can get what you need for about $30. US. I got the works (this was a crock, tea mix, some plastic bottles and a lot you don't have to have but does make it very easy). You can use a 1gal glass jar and use your own tea.    This is my first batch and I was really surprised with how easy it was. We've had cooler weather so it did take longer to start working.  

http://kombuchatea.wordpress.com/kombucha-recipe.  

go to kombucha tea on youtube for some videos.
Posted by: Eric, Thursday, May 20, 2010, 11:25pm; Reply: 7
thanks!!
Posted by: Shelley, Friday, May 21, 2010, 12:04am; Reply: 8
I used to really enjoy the ginger kombucha, very refreshing on a hot day!  But, now that I am learning about eating/drinking right for my type, I was disappointed to find kombucha is an avoid for me.(unhappy)
Posted by: deblynn3, Friday, May 21, 2010, 12:12am; Reply: 9
It is an avoid for a hunter friend, I wondered if it was because they make it with black tea. Some of the videos used half black and half green. Of course it could be something in the scoby or maybe because of the Lactic acid it self.  Guess I need to study up on that one.
Posted by: kauaian, Friday, May 21, 2010, 12:28am; Reply: 10
Gatherers can have it w/ the sugar?
Posted by: Lola, Friday, May 21, 2010, 12:36am; Reply: 11
Shelley,
if you made your own in the past, care to share some tips and recipes? :)
Posted by: deblynn3, Friday, May 21, 2010, 12:49am; Reply: 12
The sugar is "eaten" by the culture. It is really very sour.
Posted by: Eric, Friday, May 21, 2010, 5:30am; Reply: 13
Swami rules!  Kombu is a neutral for me.  But if I made it on my own, I figure it would be at least more beneficial.. green tea, agave, etc.  ;)
Posted by: Possum, Friday, May 21, 2010, 8:05am; Reply: 14
Very easy to make...I have made it very successfully in the past, but now I am still unsure whether it is a bennie or not for me now.. so my culture is sitting in the fridge..
Now that it is heading into winter here.. it may stay there till the weather warms up..
I struggle to drink anything cold at this time of the year...
Posted by: AKArtlover, Friday, May 21, 2010, 8:26am; Reply: 15
I've had a few bottles of this and think I would like to make it myself.

The bottles I've had have had a little glob of stuff in the bottom. I haven't consumed that, I actually strained it out.

Is that the bacterial culture and is it a good idea to consume it or not?
Maybe it's the little kid in me just being a little weirded out.
Posted by: deblynn3, Friday, May 21, 2010, 12:47pm; Reply: 16
Eric, take the 7day web class offered by site I gave you. You can't use agave. The culture needs the sugar to eat. Don't worry the sugar is eaten up by the time the process is over.

AkArtlover- The Kombucha is the tea. After it has eaten the sugar, you can (if you want) add your flavors into the bottles not  the container where your scoby is.  What is in your bottle might are the berries, ginger, whatever you flavoring is.

If you don't want the floaters. you can juice whatever fruit or use fruit juice.

I juice my cranberries and then dropped 2-3 dried ones into the bottle. The flavored K-tea (now bottled) sits at room temp.  so that it will build up gas and start to fizz.

That sounds more complicated then it really is.
Posted by: battle dwarf, Friday, May 21, 2010, 7:08pm; Reply: 17
actully i think it may be a new scoby forming around the fruit partacles but the mango one we bought was pulped. i suck the sucker down, it makes the kumacha anyway and is a waist other wise, besides, i figure i am getting an extra bit of cleaning out of that concentrated glob of microbes. ;D the bottles say their are one billion micoorganisims in there....gusse i am a serial killer in mass. LOL
Posted by: tnahowru, Friday, May 21, 2010, 7:24pm; Reply: 18
deblynn, with the SWAMI diet i cannot have kumbucha  :'(.  You must be doing the GTD?
Posted by: deblynn3, Saturday, May 22, 2010, 1:17am; Reply: 19
Quoted from tnahowru
deblynn, with the SWAMI diet i cannot have kumbucha  :'(.  You must be doing the GTD?


I'm sorry, can you have ginger beer? The recipe was given on the "beer, beer, beer, for gulfers" Thread or something like that.  I think I'll see about making that for my hunter friend.


Posted by: jam, Saturday, May 22, 2010, 2:26am; Reply: 20
Help me out here! I always assumed kombucha would be bad for me because it is fermented. But it seems like from this thread that there are plenty of O's and an O Nonie (like me) that drink it! For me vinegar and beer and black tea and sugar are not on my BTD... but if the sugar is consumed by the culture; how do the rest of the ingredients work out so well for other O's.
Posted by: Possum, Saturday, May 22, 2010, 6:56am; Reply: 21
Good question - I'd be interested in the answer too... ;)
Posted by: battle dwarf, Saturday, May 22, 2010, 7:12am; Reply: 22
the suger is eaten, gone , no more, when the kumbachs is done.
the fermentation is not a prob as wine is ok (at lest on some o diets)
beer is an avoid mostly i think becuse of what it is made of usuly (i.e. wheat or barely)
what you get may smell a bit like vinigar but it is not, it may taste a bit like sour wine but again it is not. it is about as differnt from what you are used to as fish from frog.
Posted by: Shelley, Saturday, May 22, 2010, 10:14am; Reply: 23
Lola, I didn't make the ginger kombucha, the local health food store sells it.  I didn't know it could be homemade until I read the posts on this thread.  It was very good though with the ginger.  It reminded me of ginger soda except with more ginger taste and more fizz  :D.  The first time I tried kombucha was the original flavored one, and I really didn't like it, I thought it tasted like pickle juice!   :X
Posted by: deblynn3, Saturday, May 22, 2010, 12:06pm; Reply: 24
In the Geno diet it is an avoid for hunter, benni for gatherer. Not sure why,

one 16oz. bottle (store bought) Has 30 cal. / 0 fat/0 cholesterol/2g sugars/0 protein/ 20-25% of 6 vit. Bs/ Lactobicillus bacterium 1 billion/S. Boulardii:1billion organisms.

It's the little critters that we want.
Posted by: battle dwarf, Saturday, May 22, 2010, 6:19pm; Reply: 25
my fist was the green one with three differnt seaweed/alges in it. i liked pickle juice (kosher anyway) and this was even better as i gave up sodas for the most part. can't have the pickles but i can have this ;D oh happy day!
our local hf store keeps a few but some guy insisted she get the citris flavor. :P to me that one tastes like lemon oil. i noticed when i went in yesterday that the only ones she had sold was the one i got to try. so, mean little weasel i am, i said, "i see that guy who insisted on the citris flavor didn't buy very many of them."
lady"no he didn't and i don't really like citris flavored stuff much."
i told her what i thought it tasted like and she pulled out a notbook ,"which one was it you wanted?"
i told her mango or superberry or both i like a bottle every day if i can get it. i told her that when she said she had ordered the lemon one but she got mister insistants flavor instead of mine. oh well, looks like i'll be getting it now. ;D
Posted by: AKArtlover, Sunday, May 23, 2010, 3:04am; Reply: 26
I've only had blueberry and ginger store bought. Both were tasty. I split them into 3 servings each. 1 billion germies divided by 3. Hmmm...

In case anyone is browsing this who hasn't tried it from the store. Treat the bottles gingerly. The cashier at the health food store told me all sorts of stories about spontaneous explosion of the bottles.  :P
Posted by: Possum, Sunday, May 23, 2010, 3:17am; Reply: 27
Can't remember what it is for an Explorer :-/ ??) But the "little critters" are what I want too..I was about to fork out for probiotics...Maybe I should just resurrect my kombucha??!! :-/ ;)
Posted by: Shelley, Friday, May 28, 2010, 9:35am; Reply: 28
Below is a copy of an email question and my response about Kombucha and probiotics.  I wanted to post it here in case someone else might benefit or want to comment.

Hi Shelley.  I saw your post on the blood type group (I'm new) and wondered where you found out about Kombucha not being good for your blood type.  I make kombucha and drink it all the time.  I hate to not be able too drink it/  :(  What do you eat/drink for pro-biotics?

Thanks for your help.
Lynnette



Hi Lynnette,

I am fairly new to the BTD also.  I am a Type B, Nomad and am really enjoying following this way of eating for my health.  The Kombucha is listed as an avoid under the Medicinal Herbs on the Type B Caucasian food list.  Below is the link directly to that page:

http://www.uoregon.edu/~sshapiro/ER4YT/Type_B_Caucasian_Page_4.html

Also, on the Genotype diet for Nomad, Kombucha is listed under Beverages as an avoid with a black dot,which means to limit or avoid.  

For probiotics, I have Plain Original Kefir and/or plain greek yogurt on a daily basis.  Of course I think another option is to supplement.  But, I prefer to get nutrition from food as much as possible.  Recently, I have been enjoying this Kefir recipe either for breakfast or mid-morning snack:  1/3 cup uncooked oatmeal, 2/3 cup plain Kefir, 1 Tbsp maple syrup.  Mix these three ingredients together and then add fresh or frozen berries and let sit in the refrigerator at least 15 minutes or a few hours.  It is simple, satisfying and tastes really good!

I hope this is helpful.  

Have a blessed day and great weekend!

Shelley
Posted by: AKArtlover, Saturday, May 29, 2010, 9:40am; Reply: 29
My husband forwarded me this link. I'm pretty sure as a joke.
Still, good to know we're all hip and trendy too. That is the goal, right? 8)
http://finance.yahoo.com/family-home/article/109688/whats-lindsay-lohans-strange-beverage
Posted by: Shelley, Saturday, May 29, 2010, 2:36pm; Reply: 30
AKArtlover: Very funny link!  So I can be like Lindsay if I drink Kombucha!?   ;D

Oh but wait, it is an avoid for me!  I guess I can't be hip and trendy after all (unhappy)
Posted by: deblynn3, Friday, June 25, 2010, 12:46pm; Reply: 31
Just an update. My third try and I've got fizz! The mango is great could go a little longer but you can at least teast so fizz. BD these are the ones with the solid green dots.
Posted by: battle dwarf, Friday, June 25, 2010, 4:41pm; Reply: 32
mine never did fizz as far as i can tell. i have had the fizz taste but no actual fizz. i got tired of waiting the day i brought you the box and just put them all in the fridge. didn't you say the latest batch was showing more promise? i think we are waiting too long to bottle. the last one i opened was like drinking lemon juice concentrate!
Posted by: AKArtlover, Saturday, June 26, 2010, 12:12am; Reply: 33
:-/Well, I bought a bottle of Kombucha from the health food store. Could be the last. Decided not to make it since I decided 1/3 bottle once a week was good for me. The clerk said they and Whole Foods were not selling it anymore because the alcohol content was too high. I told the clerk how much I drank and she called me a lush. She was kidding of course...

http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-1009/Kombucha-Update-Synergys-GT-Dave-Speaks.html
Posted by: angel, Thursday, July 28, 2011, 5:59pm; Reply: 34
Quoted from Eric
Swami rules!  Kombu is a neutral for me.  But if I made it on my own, I figure it would be at least more beneficial.. green tea, agave, etc.  ;)


Eric, did you get the continuous brewer you were talking about getting from Getkombucha.com

I want to know how that went, because I have been culturing one here at home but I think the half gallon jar does not like me.

Anyone else got one going from kombucha mama or get kombucha? feed back please.
thanks,
angel
Posted by: deblynn3, Thursday, July 28, 2011, 6:10pm; Reply: 35
I love my continuous brewer, I get 15 16oz bottles each week. (We have several cases of empty bottles from when we were buying the stuff) I also used the gal jars, but have cut back. I've learned that it fizzes for me better if we leave it stored out of the refrigerator longer. at least two weeks.
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