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Chit Chat / Re: What's for Dinner Tonight?
« on: Today at 08:40:57 am »
Feeling lazy tonight so decided to go into town to get burger and chips.  Very disappointed, it seems that I have lost the 'taste' for burgers, and I used to really enjoy them.  Ah well, I guess that is good for me but not so good next time I am feeling lazy!

Chit Chat / Re: What are you cooking today?
« on: Today at 08:36:43 am »
Astarra, what is the continuous brew method?

I'm hopeless at explaining things, but basically its where you brew the kombucha in a jar with a spigot/spout, and then just bottle out 3/4 of the brew each week (or whenever its ready) and add the next lot of sweet tea into the top. Saves having to handle the scoby until it gets too thick (like mine is atm  :-)) ) and also less disturbance of the bacteria etc.
Miss7 loves to drink it straight from the brewing jar, with the spout she just gets a cup and helps herself :)

I make my next batch in the thermomix jug, heat about 500ml water and dissolve about 3/4-1C sugar, then steep the tea (I use 4 black tea bags + 2 green tea bags) 10 minutes or so, squeeze out and remove teabags, then top up the TM jug with cold filtered water to bring the temp down, then pour it into the brewing jar carefully.
Mine is an 8L brewing jar. ;D

Thanks, Astarra.  That sounds like a good method.  I might try using tea bags next time, much easier than tea leaves.

Introduce Yourself / Re: Hi from the UK
« on: February 15, 2018, 07:53:59 pm »
Welcome to the forum, Salami.  You'll find plenty of inspiration and recipes here.  Happy thermomixing.

Chit Chat / Re: What are you cooking today?
« on: February 15, 2018, 07:50:02 pm »
Astarra, what is the continuous brew method?

Chit Chat / Re: Anything goes for Uni
« on: February 14, 2018, 06:39:40 pm »
Great photos, happy memories, Judy

Chit Chat / Re: What have you been doing today?
« on: February 13, 2018, 06:48:38 pm »
Sounds like you are having a lovely, relaxing time, Cookie.  Great photos.

Chit Chat / Re: Anything goes for Uni
« on: February 13, 2018, 02:53:36 am »
I am sure Geoff will absolutely love that Valentines day dog.

Chit Chat / Re: What have you been doing today?
« on: February 12, 2018, 06:13:42 pm »
Very envious, Cookie.  Have a great time over there.

Chit Chat / Re: Anything goes for Uni
« on: February 12, 2018, 06:12:07 pm »
The dogs are gorgeous.  There is something so very therapeutic about having a sweet tempered dog for people to relate to, I am sure their visit does them the world of good.

Chit Chat / Re: What are you cooking today?
« on: February 12, 2018, 06:08:02 pm »
Thanks Marina for a very clearly written recipe for making Kombucha.  My gardener is bringing me a scoby this week.
A question.  Can you use plastic bottles when you decant the Kombucha?

Chookie, I am not sure about the plastic bottles.  Personally I don't think I would use plastic as I would be concened that they were not as clean as glass, but I think most of the commercially produced and sold kombucha is in plastic so it could be OK.

I would be interested to hear your gardener's take on making kombucha.  As I said, I have only been making it for a couple of weeks so it would be great to hear of a comparason method.

Scobys have babies and I have seen somewhere that, if you haven't got a new home for the babies, you can put them into your compost.  It would be interesting to get your gardener's view on that as well.

I have also decided I quite like the strawberry flavoured kombucha this week after all (I used about 6 strawberries).  I think I'll try blueberries next week!

Chit Chat / Re: What are you cooking today?
« on: February 11, 2018, 07:49:48 pm »
Cuilidh what recipe do you use to make your kombucha?
I would really like a tried and true recipe if you donít mind sharing.
Sorry if you have already posted one and I havenít seen it. I havenít seen on the forum for a while as I went overseas.

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This is my method for a 4 litre jar, which we drink in a week.

Never use anything meatalic and make sure all your equipment, bottles, jar, etc. are clean and at room temperature.

1 rounded tbs black tea leaves (I use English Breakfast Tea)  You can also use tea bags.  Not all teas are suitable, i.e. fruit teas. 
750 ml boiling water
200 gm raw sugar

I steep the tea leaves for about 10 - 15 minutes then filter it off into the 4 ltr jar and add the sugar.  Stir to dissolve the sugar and leave everything until it is at room temperature.

Add filtered water to the jar to nearly full then add the scoby and some of the previous batch of saved kombucha fluid.

Cover it with a cloth (and a rubber band to keep it in place) to allow the brew to breathe but so that no dust gets in (I use an old tea towel)  then leave it until it is ready.  At the moment I leave mine for 7 days and that works perfectly I haven't made it in winter yet and I suspect it may take longer.

When the kombucha has 'brewed' carefully remove the scoby and about 1 cup of the fluid and put it aside, ready to be added to the next batch.

You don't have to do this, but I like to flavour mine with fruit as well - raspberry is lovely, funniily enough I didn't enjoy the mango so much and I tried strawberry this week and find it a bit overpowering (although I may have used a bit too much).  You don't need much flavouring, perhaps 1 tbs of pureed fruit per jar (I decant my kombucha into four jars for ease of use).

You can also do a double ferment, i.e. after you have decanted the kombucha you can also leave it to ferment a second time and this makes it more effervescent.  I don't like the effervescent effect so I do not do this, but from what I can gather, most people give it the second ferment.  I think that you need only do this for a couple of days more.

There are loads of downloads on YouTube and as many methods as there are downloads, but there are also some very useful ones as well so have a wee prowl around there.

I have only been making kombucha for a couple of weeks so still early days, but I am really enjoying it and, so long as you are organised, it takes very little time.  Just have everything ready to go and it doesn't take long to prepare.

Chit Chat / Re: What are you cooking today?
« on: February 11, 2018, 01:14:18 am »
They look delicious, Chookie

I've just finished chickpea paprikash and harissa tofu with pistachio couscous as well as my weekly batch of kombucha.

Chit Chat / Re: Anything goes for Uni
« on: February 10, 2018, 09:26:44 pm »
Fierce but, thankfully, short storm here late yesterday afternoon. It took all my weight and both hands to push my back door closed to keep the rain and wind out.  Fortunately we don't seem to have sustained damage ... that I can see, anyway.

1 hour later the air was still and no clouds in the lovely blue sky.

Chit Chat / Re: What have you been doing today?
« on: February 06, 2018, 06:37:41 pm »
"...Nikki, who had horses and big girl pants told me about it."

I had forgotten about Nikki and her wonderful stories.  Do you ever see or hear from her these days?

Chit Chat / Re: Anything goes for Uni
« on: February 06, 2018, 06:35:45 pm »
There's nothing like a good hot bowl of soup to warm you up is there, CC!

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