topic posted Wed, March 19, 2008 - 4:55 PM by  Julia
my (first) brew turned out very vinegary. I'm not sure what i did wrong. And I don't want the current one to as well.

4 bags green tea
1 cup sugar

brew for 12 days.


(oh and the experiment one is a little vinegary as well)
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  • Re: vinegary

    Wed, March 19, 2008 - 6:44 PM
    are you drinking/tasting the kombucha each day?
    love it up!!!
    • Re: vinegary

      Thu, March 20, 2008 - 9:53 AM
      From my understanding is the longer you brew the more vinegary it will get. Try 7 days and then bottle. That is what I've been doing but may have to go longer as I don't like it so sweet.
      • Re: vinegary

        Thu, March 20, 2008 - 12:49 PM
        yes, the longer the culture brews, the more the vinegary taste.

        the "right" amount of time is so heavily dependent on personal taste and the environmental conditions the kombucha is in. This is why I suggest tasting/sipping from your culture each day (I started doing this with my kimchees, and I've yet to have one I didn't enjoy..)

        the benefits are numerous, but I'm sure you'll find your own reasons if you try.

        keep in mind you're also giving your culture *that* much more love..
        so of course it'll respond well to you :D
        • Re: vinegary

          Thu, March 20, 2008 - 2:00 PM
          good idea, i normally taste it after 10 days...but i could taste it every day.

          The new brew is at 1 day right now.

          I try to give my scoby love ... but I have to keep it out of kitten reach (and those things can get anywhere!), so its trapped in a cupboard that gets opened a few times a day to give it new air. But i suppose if i find a kitten-free place that i pass by everyday, i'd be more inclined to taste it more often

          thanks for the advice!
          • Re: vinegary

            Thu, March 20, 2008 - 8:26 PM
            I put mine on top of the fridge (where it's also slightly warmer.. added benefit). I obviously don't know your kitchen layout, but you might be able to put it somewhere like that (with better, fresher air), but up hight, up against a cabinet door or something else, I have a hard time imagining they'd manage to push it off. While kitties often achieve the impossible, a full gallon glass jar, with a sturdy bottom, and no leverage to push it off, is quite difficult to move.
  • Re: vinegary

    Fri, March 21, 2008 - 8:52 AM
    How warm is the culture staying? Mine stays about 75-80 degrees (cause of the tempeh) and it brews to a good tart flavor in 8-9 days. If I let it go for 12 days it'll be unpalatable.
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    Re: vinegary

    Fri, March 21, 2008 - 10:27 AM
    brew in larger batches so you can use more sugar and tea. If you brew longer the culture will produce more good stuff. The culture does not become totally active till 7 days has passed. After this the culture starts "going off" and produces more of the good stuff which is why you are making KT.

    i brew in 2 gallon batches for this reason. its really common to have a constant brew system for this reason as well.
    • Re: vinegary

      Fri, March 21, 2008 - 11:07 AM
      i would brew in larger batches but for a 2 gallon glass jar it is about $40. (i've only found one at target). if something other then glass worked i could brew in larger batches, but glass is expensive.
      • Re: vinegary

        Fri, March 21, 2008 - 11:54 AM
        4 tea bags for how much water? I usually use a lot more, though I use loose leaf tea with a glass filter instead of teabags. Use the best tea you can. I personally dont like using teabags.
        • Re: vinegary

          Fri, March 21, 2008 - 12:11 PM
          i don't personally care for tea bags either. however i use about 4-6 tea bags for about 2/3 gallons of kombucha.
          • Re: vinegary

            Mon, March 24, 2008 - 5:43 AM
            I use just under a cup of tea per gallonish batch.. loose leaf.
            • Re: vinegary

              Tue, March 25, 2008 - 11:00 AM
              so more tea will make it less vinegary?

              i used 4 that time cause its all i had left.

              this time i used 4 black tea and 4 vanilla hazelnut tea and it is still vinegary.
              • Re: vinegary

                Tue, March 25, 2008 - 1:45 PM
                nope.. the more time that the culture ferments, the more vinegary..
                so the longer you let it sit.. the more vinegary. this is why I suggest taste testing your culture each day.. if not twice.
                • Re: vinegary

                  Wed, March 26, 2008 - 10:30 AM
                  ok thanks! hope this one turns out better.

                  next time i'll use same sugar amount. triple the tea amount and let it brew for half the time.
  • Re: vinegary

    Thu, March 27, 2008 - 2:48 PM
    I just mde my first batch and i left it way to longer its pretty much pure vinegar!

    Should i just chuck it out or can i water it down? is it safe to drink? etc.


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