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Is there a risk of botulism when using honey for the first fermentation of kombucha?

I have been reading conflicting statements that there is a risk of botulism when using honey for the first fermentation of kombucha. Some are saying that the acidity of kombucha is too high for ...
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Growing a SCOBY in cold temperatures

A month ago, I started my first kombucha scoby. It's winter here in the northeast, and I keep my house low-to-mid 60s. As expected, fermentation has been slow, but appears healthy; the liquid has a ...
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What is the risk of food poisoning when making nattō

I've been making sourdough and kombucha for a while now, and the results are great. I've never taken any particular care with the utensils. I wash my hands before handling the SCOBY, and I use fresh ...
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How can I restart my kombucha liquid?

I thoughtlessly threw out the liquid of my kombuca/scoby while I was cleaning the container. I don't believe the scoby is dead. It's not black or moldy. The latest brew I've done, after a week, ...
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What is the problem with using a flavored kombucha as a starter?

In all the videos I see about starting to make Kombucha, they all seem to say (roughly) "You want to use 'original' Kombucha, and not flavored. If you use the flavored stuff, you are going to have ...
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How to prevent a baby scoby from forming in bottled kombucha

I am brewing kombucha at home. Apart from pasteurizing the finished product, how does one prevent the kombucha from growing a new scoby? I have a baby scoby forming in my glass bottles regardless of ...
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Does Tea Quality Matter For Making Kombucha?

For kombucha brewers here, I'm wondering if the kombucha tastes better when you brew it with higher grade teas. Or would making them with simple tea bags from the supermarket taste as good? Let's say ...
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Brewing Hibiscus tea

I'm about to start a batch of Kombucha using 100% Hibiscus flowers as the tea. Just received a 1 pound bag of organic Hibiscus flowers. Can anyone give me some recomendations on amounts to use in a ...
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Does store-bought Kombucha spoil? If so, how can I tell?

I recently bought Ginger Kombucha for the first time in a reputable health food store. I'd never heard of it, but my doctor feels the probiotics will help my chronic digestive problem. Because of the ...
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Raw sugar vs. refined sugar in making kombucha

Can one use raw sugar in making tea for kombucha? Most recipes recommend refined sugar, but I wonder if it is for any particular reason.
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How do I control the quality of a kombucha SCOBY?

I'm starting to make my own Kombucha and have seen scoby with many different colors, shapes, textures, etc. My goal is to have a scoby that produces good probiotics and a taste that is acceptable to ...
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Can I add fresh elderberries or rosehips to homemade kombucha?

I have been making kombucha for several months now. I use green or white tea, flavored with hisbiscus, peach tea or other fruity teas to the mix. Since the elderberries, and rosehips are coming in ...