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by 0 · about 6 hours ago

Regarding kombucha: I love it! I've been drinking GT's Gingerade and I love it. Long (like 10 years) before I went (or even heard of) paleo, I stopped drinking sodas. In the last 6 months, I've discovered GT's kombucha and have fallen in... (more)

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raydawg 0 · May 12, 2014 at 6:59 PM

Make your own. Use GT's (but get an unflavored one) as the seed for your own. It will grow very slowly at first, but once you have a SCOBY going, you'll have so much, you won't know what to do with it all. You just need some sugar and some... (more)

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by 78 · about 7 hours ago

Just curious if anyone has had this reaction. I didn't have the reaction the first few times I drank it, now it seems that it causes leg cramps. Not severe, but they're unpleasant. Any ideas? I mean, obviously the quick n easy would be just... (more)

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by 20 · about 7 hours ago

I saw some Kombucha drinks that have only 2g of carbohydrates per 100ml. But instructions for making that drinks says that I need to add 70/100g of sugar per 1l. Adding not enough sugar could make drink poisonous because it could not be fermented... (more)

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greymouser 0 · April 15, 2013 at 5:27 PM

The making of kombucha involves the fermentation of sugar to alcohol as well as the fermentation of alcohol to acetic vinegar. The "SCOBY" is an abbreviation for "synergistic colony of bacteria and yeast" - the yeast eat the sugar and poop out... (more)

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by 1003 · about 7 hours ago

So I'm late to the kombucha party...I bought some at Whole Foods yesterday and had a few sips (and liked very much). I'm only planning on drinking an ounce or two a day for now to ease into it, but I was wondering about storage. How long will an... (more)

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Branden_Byers 0 · April 07, 2013 at 3:41 PM

Opened kombucha will continue to ferment very slowly while refrigerated but it won't go bad for a very long time 6+ months. You could even leave it out at room temperature and it would last for weeks although it would continue to ferment and... (more)

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by 1005 · about 7 hours ago

I wanted to start brewing my own kombucha, so I mixed my own sweetened with storebought kombucha in a glass jar which I covered with a piece of cloth, as per standard percedure, and the scoby is growing at half the speed of smell. I put it in... (more)

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Linds 0 · April 06, 2013 at 11:39 AM

I have a heating strip--it totally fixed this issue for me. You can get one here or you can go out to your local hardware store and find any comparable heater (probably cheaper). Ideally kombucha should be brewed around 75F. Lower temps are ok,... (more)

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by 78422 · about 7 hours ago

I have 4 different probiotics and provide hundreds of good bacteria for a strong immune system. You can grow at home for a lifetime with just a little care. I have water kefir grains, milk kefirgrains, kombucha scoby and jun scobies. My website... (more)

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by 5 · about 7 hours ago

I have read that both water kefir and kombucha are very acidic. I make and drink both these brews and have found my system to have become quite acidic. I'm not sure whether this was caused by the fact that I stopped making my wheatgrass/vegie... (more)

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Dragonfly 0 · March 13, 2013 at 3:09 PM

Relax. http://sciencebasedpharmacy.wordpress.com/2009/11/13/your-urine-is-not-a-window-to-your-body-ph-balancing-a-failed-hypothesis/ (more)

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by 53 · about 7 hours ago

Hi, I know I have a leaky gut and candida. I've been treating the candida for over 6 mo now. I react to a lot of foods by acne/breaking out. I have been drinking water kefir without any problem. I had a problem with most veggies, but Betaine... (more)

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by 3432 · about 7 hours ago

I'm looking to measure my 'bucha's abv%... my question is if the data recorded with the hydrometer translates to abv% as it does with beer? Or, would there be a different equation to apply? I'm sure with a little basic chemistry knowledge this is... (more)

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greymouser 0 · February 02, 2013 at 12:11 AM

No, it doesn't translate correctly. The hydrometer readings taken before and after wine or beer fermentation are able to give an approximate abv% because nearly all the conversion is sugar into alcohol and CO2, and these give uniform, predictable... (more)

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by 1495 · about 7 hours ago

Since going Paleo, I'm no longer "backed-up"....however recently, things have been on the other side of the spectrum and I'm wondering if it's because I'm overdosing on probiotic foods. This has happened since I started making my own kombucha. I... (more)

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Linds 0 · April 16, 2013 at 3:06 PM

Histamine is present in many fermented foods and too much histamine can cause some serious issues. If you have digestive issues like gluten intolerance or gluten sensitivity, the symptoms will be worse in you then they would be in people without... (more)

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by 389 · about 7 hours ago

Can anyone attest to the differences between a good batch of homemade kombucha and the stuff from the store? I am addicted to this drink (4-5 bottles/week), and am considering to learn how to make my own if it can be done just as easily and the... (more)

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Cryptical1 0 · January 08, 2013 at 7:26 PM

I've been brewing my own kombucha for several years now. My starter kit came from the www.happyherbalist.com (a very informative site). I brew mine in a 2 1/2 gallon oak cask with Royal Pu-erh tea. The tea is a little more expensive than tea... (more)

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by 671 · about 7 hours ago

Has anyone come across data on the make-up of the actual kombucha scoby? I know people have come up with interesting ways to eat them. But what are you actually eating?

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Linds 0 · April 18, 2013 at 4:08 PM

I'm not sure, but they sure are tasty :)

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by 0 · about 7 hours ago

Hi all, I am a 22 year old mother of an 11 month old. I have lost 50lbs since giving birth by eating primal. It has been relatively easy, and I am slowly feeling less pain all over and my bowel movements went from diarrhea every day to 'normal'.... (more)

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Janknitz 0 · November 12, 2012 at 3:49 PM

I have hemerrhiods thanks to 2 pregnancies and dry hard stools cause bleeding. But you should have this checked out by a doctor to be sure--sounds concerning.

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by 715 · about 7 hours ago

Saw kombucha mentioned in another post and remember a conversation with someone this summer who shot down paleo diet and claimed kombucha could cure anything including the clog in the kitchen sink. In searching however, there are plenty of... (more)

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by 748 · about 7 hours ago

I'm trying to get down to my ideal weight right now. I know it's recommended to avoid fruit when trying to lose fat so I don't have any fruits at all but like to buy the cranberry kombucha with 4 grams of sugar(per entire bottle) once a day. The... (more)

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Savage_Paleo 0 · September 13, 2012 at 12:55 AM

If you can use it to stay away from other, more sugary, fruits, I'd stick with it. 4 grams of sugar isn't very bad. In addition kombucha is acidic and may help you with digestion, which may in turn help you lose weight.

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by 338 · about 7 hours ago

I have noticed whenever I drink kombucha, that I end up getting a bit of a headache afterwards. Any one know why this would be? I drink GT's Organic Raw so there is only 4 grams of sugar.

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Dragonfly 0 · September 10, 2012 at 3:23 AM

Possibly histamine intolerance.

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by 753 · about 7 hours ago

I dooon't understaaand. I work in the Nutrition/Health section of the local grocery store, and frequently see people with carts full of tofu, veganaise, tofurky, seitan, etc, also buying GT's Raw Kombucha. And I wonder... Doesn't that have a... (more)

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BoneBrothFast 0 · June 09, 2012 at 2:20 PM

Why are you trying to understand Vegans? People don't really become vegans because they're rational n=1 thinkers.

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by 40 · about 7 hours ago

Well, a few months ago, I tried brewing some kombucha, but haven't touched it for several months. Basically, I started with a sweetened black and green tea mixture as has been suggested here by many. I added a bottle of GT's kombucha with a... (more)

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olimay 0 · June 03, 2012 at 5:08 AM

Looks like a great start! I can't see any big problems from the picture. The KT should be okay to drink, but might be a little more fizzy/beerlike than usual. It looks like the culture produced the CO_2 that it pushed the SCOBY up. At least we... (more)

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by 5 · about 7 hours ago

Hi all, I brewed my first batch of kombucha and it's really good, looks good, tastes good. I have had maybe 1/4 -1/2 cup a day with a lot of water. I started to develop really bad pain in my mid to lower abdomen, in the lower intestines. I also... (more)

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Kelly_3 0 · June 02, 2012 at 9:53 PM

is it possible its just die off? Even on GAPS they say to start with 1 teaspoon of any fermented product, in broth or other liquid (water, tea) and gradually work up over time to a tablespoon etc. I don't know much about how to know if its... (more)

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by 867 · about 7 hours ago

(I tried to search for an answer to this; while there are numerous questions about Kombucha, I was unable to find the answer). I thought perhaps it stated this so the stuff at the bottom wouldn't get mixed in. Though I have yet to see a... (more)

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matt_H 0 · May 25, 2012 at 12:00 AM

Same reason you do not shake a bottle of coke before you open it. It makes it spew. With Kombucha, there is sediment and people want to break that up. But it is also carbonated, so it will spew out if you shake it then open it. If your... (more)

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by 1186 · about 7 hours ago

I am a high level athlete who made the mistake a few weeks ago of having Kombucha. Little did I know, I also have Candida (wow, awesome). Needless to say I have been pretty messed up for the last bit and have gone very strict with my diet (usually... (more)

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Vern 0 · May 18, 2012 at 6:13 PM

Well, more than just food to avoid, there are some great paleo-friendly candida fighting foods. Keep in mind that killing off candida too fast can produce a die-off reaction that includes symptoms like foggy thinking, headaches and... (more)

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by 1804 · about 7 hours ago

My first brew is on day 14 of its first fermentation and I will probably bottle tonight or tomorrow. I definitely want to flavor it somehow just haven't decided how! What are your favorite ways to flavor your homemade kombucha? (more)

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Josh_M 0 · May 17, 2012 at 2:36 PM

My first fermentation can last anywhere from 5-14 days (depending on the house temperature, time of year, etc). I always do a second ferment (to increase the natural carbonation) where I add ginger, lemon, cherries, strawberries, etc and then let... (more)

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by 3742 · about 7 hours ago

I keep hearing that there should be little sugar left in Kombucha since it's cultured. Why, then, does it still taste sweet? Is there another compound that remains, similar to some fermented sweeteners? If so, then which is it closest to?

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jjtitus 0 · May 15, 2012 at 4:02 PM

I have a feeling that store bought kombucha is not what they claim, not even close... I believe GT's says it has 2g sugar per serving, but IMHO I think it's closer to 10g/serving. First of all, sweet sells, especially when you can make people... (more)

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by 1467 · about 7 hours ago

Like many people here I had never heard of Kombucha before going Paleo. Seems like A LOT of people are drinking Kombucha. But I ask... Where is the evidence of its effectiveness? I have searched the web far and wide and all I have found is... (more)

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Eugenia 0 · May 09, 2012 at 11:27 AM

A good place to start is this: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?term=kombucha What's interesting here is that kombucha doesn't seem to excite these researchers. Instead, the Greek Mountain Tea (Sideritis) does, and it shows major health... (more)

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by 742 · about 7 hours ago

I used chia seeds for the first time in a batch of homemade Kombucha on Thursday and by Friday morning I was having violent diarrhea, which lasted for two full days, approximately every 30 minutes. Other than the diarrhea, weakness from... (more)

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Kation 0 · April 29, 2012 at 8:06 PM

You're not alone! For me it wasn't kombucha, it was chia seed pudding. While my reaction wasn't quite as strong as yours (thankfully), the general outline was the same. FYI: I've learned that I don't tolerate sesame seeds very well either.

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