This batch of kombucha tea lacked the oolong flavor, was sour and almost lemon like in flavor. We are not sure if it was the tea is different (it smells different – more grassy) or human error. Both the large and medium batch that was brewed last week tasted watery with a lemon flavor. We could not taste the usual nutty oolong tea.
From the large batch, we made 8 bottles of orange kombucha using 1/3 cup of orange juice and 1 tablespoon of sugar. We made 4 bottles of rootbeer kombucha as well, using an organic rootbeer syrup. Two bottles contained 4 tablespoons of syrup and 1/2 tablespoon sugar (old caps) and two bottles contained 5 tablespoons of syrup and 1/2 tablespoon sugar (new caps).
The medium batch also tasted off but we made 8 bottles with 1/2 tablespoon of sugar and will see how this turns out.
Update: We pulled the orange after 5 days. It has that odd lemony flavor but works okay with the orange – still not up to usual quality. The rootbeer was gross and we dumped it. That will not happen again.