Cherry-vanilla

The large batch was on sweet side not very vinegary and had good fizz. We took tart cherry juice 32 ounces and mixed in 1 teaspoon vanilla. Poured a 1/3 cup per bottle with 1/2 tablespoon of sugar. We made 12 bottles.

The plain batch was a little stronger so we used 1/2 tablespoon of sugar and made 10 bottles.

3/4 Cara Cara Buch

Found nice big Cara cara oranges at the market to make this weeks large batch buch! We added 1/3 cup of Cara cara orange juice per bottle and a tablespoon of sugar. We made 15 bottles.

We pulled the Cara Cara at 5 days and it was highly explosive. Greg said all fruit should be pulled at 3 days. Will pull first one at 3 days to test. Previous Cara Cara blogs said we pulled ‘at least a week’ and was not explosive and another said anywhere from 5-7 days. This maybe due to sugar content – in the ‘at least a week’ only a teaspoon of sugar was used, in the ‘5-7 days’ batch we used 2 teaspoons of sugar. Greg has temperature app will start checking and logging temperature as well.

Plane batch we made 7 bottles and added 1/2 tablespoon of sugar.

2/24, ‘Rindon-berries’ (Blackberry and Raspberry)

Our neighbor Rindon brought over frozen pureed blackberries and raspberries that he strained to removed the seeds. We used this to flavor the large batch 1/3 cup of blackberry (or raspberry) plus a tablespoon of sugar. We made 8 bottles of raspberry and 7 bottles of blackberry.

We pulled the raspberry and blackberry after two days. Was not explosive, the raspberry had enough fizz and was delicious, however, the blackberry was flat but tasted really excellent.

The medium batch was also strong so we used 1/2 tablespoon to each bottle. We made 8 bottles.

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.