2/16, Raspberry

The large batch tasted just right and was very good. We took the large batch and added 1/3 cup pureed raspberries and 1 Tbspn of sugar. This is the first time we are using frozen raspberries. We made 14 bottles.

The medium batch was strong and vinegary so we used 1/2 Tbspn of sugar and we made 8 bottles.

2/8 Tangerine dream

We used the large batch which was not very strong to make 13 bottles of tangerine. Each bottle has 1/3 cup tangerine juice and 1/2 tablespoon of sugar.

We pulled a bottle of tangerine at 3 days and while it tasted good there was no pop. We pulled the rest at 5 1/2 days – very tasty no explosion.

We made 9 bottles of plain (tasted good but didn’t have much fizz) 1/2 tablespoon of sugar.

1/31, Greyhound (grapefruit)

Large batch was slightly sweet, we used 9 ruby grapefruit and got around 6 cups of juice. We used 1/3 cup grapefruit juice and 1 tablespoon of sugar. Made 14 bottles.

The medium batch was just right and added 1/2 tablespoon of sugar and made 8 bottles.

The grapefruit is a bit explosive at 5 days but tasted great. Maybe try pulling 4.5 days.

1/23, Lemon-blueberry

The large batch made 13 bottles of lemon-blueberry. We pureed 2 pounds of frozen blueberry and added the juice of one and a half lemons. we used 1/3 cup of the lemon-blueberry and 1 Tablespoon of sugar.

We pulled at 5 days which was a mistake and it exploded on the ceiling. Blueberry is like strawberry and needs to be pulled 2-3 days. It tasted very good though and the lemon blueberry was delicious.

We used part of the large batch and medium batch to make 4 bottles of ginger kombucha. 1 teaspoon of grated ginger with 1/2 tablespoon sugar. We pulled this after 7 days, we could have used 1 tablespoon of sugar or pulled a bit sooner as it was slightly vinegary.

The remaining medium batch we used 1/2 tablespoon of sugar making 6 bottles.

1/15, Pineapple + Mango

The large batch tasted like strong sweet tea with little fermentation. We made 9 bottles of pineapple (from flash frozen pineapples) with 1/3 cup of pineapple puree and added 1/2 tablespoon of sugar. We also tried frozen mangoes pureed them and made 5 bottles with 1/3 cup puree and 1/2 tablespoon of sugar.

The medium batch was strong and we added 1/2 tablespoon sugar to make 8 bottles of plain.

1/7, Strawberry

The large batch was very strong tea but was weak on the fermentation side. It was on the sweet side so we added 1/2 tablespoon sugar to 1/3 cup pureed strawberry.

The medium batch was strong so we did 1/2 tablespoon of sugar.

12/30, Tangerine dream

We did another batch of tangerine dream w store bought tangerine juice as the citrus at the market was kinda small. Am hoping for some Cara Cara oranges soon. The grapefruit from the other week was not as sweet but still turned out. From the large batch we did 1/3 cup of tangerine juice, 1 tablespoon of sugar as the batch was not very sweet.

The medium batch we did plain w 1/2 tablespoon of sugar as that was not very sweet either.

12/21, Grape Ape

It’s been a while since we have done a grape ape using 100% organic concord grape juice.  The large batch was little weakish so we are going to have to go with a longer second fermentation.  We used 1/3 cup of grape juice and 1/2 tablespoon of sugar.  

The medium batch was perfect we used 1/2 tablespoon of sugar (but not too full).  Was torn between a teaspoon of sugar and 1/2 tablespoon, would like one in between.

12/13, Greyhound(grapefruit)

This batch of kombucha additional tea was added to the first fermentation and tasted really good. 

Found some nice grapefruit at the market. The large batch we made 15 bottles with 1/3 cup grapefruit juice, 1 tablespoon of sugar. 

With the medium batch we made 9 bottles of plain with 1/2 tablespoon of sugar.  

We pulled the grapefruit at 5 days which is normally fine but the new narrow bottle was explosive.  The old bottles had a healthy pop.  Greg thought it could be sweeter as it was very dry.

12/5, Tangerine Dream

This batch of kombucha was weak but better than the 11/27 batch.  We could taste the oolong tea this time and that odd lemon taste was gone.  The medium batch was a bit stronger but still weak.

From the large batch we made 13 bottles of tangerine dream with 1/3 cup of tangerine juice and 1/2 Tablespoon of sugar.  The medium batch we made 8 bottles adding 1 teaspoon of sugar.

We removed the tangerine 5 days later.