Yes, I actually have a successful batch of kombucha awaiting me to bottle and flavor. Last Sunday I completed the final class which was learning to flavor the kombucha. At the time it was still more of a tea tasting product and so I returned the sample bottle I had brought to class with me safely to the jug from whence it came.
And I went away from writing this post for a while and now I have cherry Kombucha and we have pretty much finished off all 6 bottles. The consensus was that it was too sweet, I liked it but I think they were all correct it was too sweet. I didn’t really know the measurements, I kind of forgot them. Soooo all in all it was a successful batch.
I should point out that not everyone in your family will think it looks particularly appetizing. I had comments such as “what it that!” “Uh that looks really gross, what is it?” “Do you really drink that stuff?” I responded with Kombucha and oh the stuff on top is a SCOBY – Symbiotic Culture of Bacteria and Yeast. I must admit I felt so sciencey and knowledgeable at the moment, but lets be real I got that tidbit from my awesome instructor at Kickshaws Downtown Market and when I went to write it here today I put colony instead of culture. Yea I got it right because I looked it up. I plan to go read more about it though, so I understand a bit more of what it actually does. All I can tell you, it I thought what it produced was yummy. Plus the success I felt at creating it was pretty cool too.
I have since brewed a second batch first ferment, but messed it up some in that I my brain didn’t properly calculate that a gallon was 16 cups, so I only added a half gallon of brewed tea. My SCOBY went crazy so much so I was worried something was wrong with it but I sent my photos to the person who taught me how to make Kombucha and where I received my beautiful SCOBY in the first place and after checking them out she said it was fine. So I was back in business.
My next 2nd ferment is brewing with a ginger flavor. I will let you know how that turns out. Of course I have another 1st ferment brewing…..correctly I might add.
Here are some pictures of my cherry kombucha.
|Here is the Cherry Kombucha.|
|Here is what was first happening during my very first ferment. I will add more photos shortly of some of what happened along the way.|