Brewing kombucha

My daughter and I are using the two-brew method.

The first brew is sweet tea in a gallon jug with a SCOBY and some starter tea from the previous batch.  The jug is covered with a cloth and rubber band, then left out at room temperature, out of direct sunlight.  When the tea has brewed to where it tastes like flat ginger ale, we take the SCOBY and some starter tea out of the jug for next time, then stir the liquid and decant it into bottles that have flavorings added.

The bottles get capped and left out for the second ferment, during which time the drinks develop fizz and extra flavor.  Once a day, the caps need to be loosened to pssht out some of the excess CO2.  When the brews in the bottles taste fabulous, they go into the fridge for consumption. We’re using empty GT’s bottles with new brew caps from Kombucha Kamp. The black brew caps work much MUCH better than the white ones that come on the GT’s bottles.

There are other ways to make kombucha, or “booch” as we call it here at Casa Hyphen. This is just the way we like to do it.  Tastes vary, but I find my first and second brews take pretty much the same amount of time.  It’s so hot now, I get the flavor I want in 3 days and 3 days. In mid-winter, it was 7 and 7.  In spring, it was 5 and 5.

And hey … aren’t these bottles pretty?! Mama Buzz was so pleased, she sent me pictures of her latest batch. 🙂

2015_08 01 L's pretty booch

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  1. Open thread maybe? It is now! (MUAH-HAH-HAH!)

    I was reading elsewhere that someone’s liberal friends post endlessly about politics and their hatred for conservatives on Facebook and Twitter, while their conservative friends post about, well, everything … family, recipes, sports, on and on. It made me wonder why.

    Here’s a theory: conservatives frequently have faith in a Divine Being, whereas Communists are inevitably atheists (even those who claim otherwise like Rev. Wright have a faith so polluted it’s unrecognizable).

    If there is no God, if Jesus was a fraud, if religion is despicable and the source of history’s great evils, then two things come into play: (1) everybody pays obeisance to something, and if it’s not God it’s inevitably the State, with its AGW propaganda, endless welfare vote-buying, destruction of family values, etc.; and (2) any lesser god is a poor substitute for the great I Am, and those f***ers know it every day of their lives. They’re always angry malcontents, eager to see which of them can shout the loudest, eager to reinforce their bona fides 24 hours a day. Instead of kneeling in prayer they’re forced to find the nearest soap box and re-invent their demagogic fealty.

    If this theory is true, without a spiritual awakening our side will lose. We can’t fight their State with our State because their state is God, ours is merely an instrument of governance. But what does it mean to enlist God in our cultural battle for the future soul of our nation? Frankly, I don’t know.

    Does it involve more prayer? Regular church attendance? Tithing? In the onslaught of their cultural tyranny, these weapons seem lacking, and there’s no question we’ve lost every battle of substance in at least the past two decades.

    It can’t always be about politics for us (ref. Pistol Pete Fridays), because then we’d become as tedious and tendentious as those mewling misanthropes. Beyond that, I dunno …