We pulled the large batch after 7 days and it was weak and sweet. We juiced 8 grapefruits and used 1/3 cup grapefruit. 8 bottles had 1/3 cup grapefruit juice and 1 Tablespoon of sugar. 7 bottles had 1/3 cup grapefruit juice and 1/2 Tablespoon of sugar.
The medium batch was also sweet, a little stronger than the large batch but still weak. We did 1 teaspoon of sugar and made 9 bottles.
Pulled the grapefruit at 2 days and it was perfect. The 1 Tbspn sugar was popular but I thought it was too sweet and I thought the 1/2 tbspn was just right. One of the old bottles (1/2 Tbspn) did not fizz/ferment and may have been not been capped properly.
We went 9 instead of 8 days for first fermentation but it wasn’t too strong. For the large batch we pureed 2 pounds of pineapple and added 1/3 cup – 1/2 cup, 1 Tbspn sugar and made 12 bottles. We pulled at 2 days and wasn’t too explosive.
The medium batch we made 11 bottles of plain adding 1/2 tablespoon sugar.
We pulled pineapple after 2 days and it was just right.
The large batch was weak – possibly due to a small SCOBY. For the large batch we pureed 1 1/2 personal organic ‘seedless’ watermelons. Seeds were removed before it was pureed. We used 1/3 cup of watermelon, 1 Tbspn sugar and produced 13 bottles
The medium batch was stronger than the large, we used 1/2 Tbspn and made 10 bottles.
Removed the watermelon late at 2.5 days and it was explosive.
We had a flat of strawberries and pureed 3-4 baskets to make 2 and 1/3 cups of strawberry puree. The large batch tea was very strong as we used more oolong to brew that batch. We used 1/3 cup of strawberry and 1 tablespoon sugar to make 14 bottles of kombucha
The medium batch was strong teawise as well. We used 1/2 tablespoon of sugar to make 8 bottles.
Strawberry was pulled after 2 days and was perfect – slow eruption and not explosive.
Our recipe for our House Sourdough has evolved and is soon to be scaled. Here is what we’ve been doing…
800g flour (600 white, 200 wheat)
320g starter (fed 14-18 hours prior)
1 tbsp salt
1 tbsp sugar
The long feeding time is our secret to making it sour as well as our extended proofing. We’ve been doing 3 one hour proofs/punch-downs, shaping and doing a final proof for 2-3 hours. By now it’s risen about all it can but man is it sour! We’ve been making boules (rounds) and we have a new oblong proofing basket for artisan loaves. However today I’m going to try to do it all in the bread machine! I’m scaling down the recipe to the following…
500g flour (375 white, 125 wheat)
2 tsp salt
2 tsp sugar
I’ll do two 1.5-hour proofs and a final one for 2 hours and bake it for 1hr 10 minutes, putting the water, flour, salt, sugar and starter in the bread machine (in that order) and doing a 30 minute preheat.