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by 5 · about 23 hours ago

A local kombucha brewery just launched their first coffee kombucha...They use coffee in place of the green tea. What is your guys' take on this? Would you try it? Isn't coffee essentially phytic acid juice?

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Janknitz 0 · July 22, 2014 at 11:10 PM

I love coffee, and believe there are healthful benefits in coffee, but not sure how I'd like sour tasting coffee. It would be worth a taste.

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by 0 · about 23 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 35 · about 23 hours ago

Hey, So here's where I am at: My scoby got delivered and I put it in the fridge for a few days as I had to go away. Then when I got back (3 days ago), I put some granulated sugar in a glass 2 ltr jar and some boiling water with some tea bags.... (more)

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joanna_4 0 · August 30, 2013 at 1:08 AM

I've never refrigerated my scoby, but I tasted after 7 days. I ended up letting it go for 14 days though. make sure you use a straw and then slurp under the huge mass that forms at the top or else you will get some scoby jelly in your straw. it... (more)

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by 78 · about 23 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 38 · about 23 hours ago

Yo PaleoHackers! Clark here. I LOVE me some fermented foods. Been getting super into fermenting my own lately. Kombucca / sauerkraut / the whole 9. What do you guys think is the best food to ferment? If you have any sweet recipes out there,... (more)

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Lewis_habben 0 · August 29, 2013 at 2:38 PM

Orange juice! especially if you chill it half way through the fermentation. You get oj pop. Streamed rice does well also, and it breaks up it's gooeyness.throw in some onion garlic celery and salt and you got a party. Cut up bananas in a ball... (more)

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by 20 · about 23 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 35 · about 23 hours ago

Hi all, I've seen a few posts were people mention making kombucha at home, and my question is how do you do it/get started. I love kombucha and have been buying it when I have the extra cash but I'd love to be able to make my own so I could enjoy... (more)

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Hailstorm 0 · June 12, 2013 at 6:38 PM

You can actually just buy a bottle of GT or any other brand and use that as starter liquid for your first batch, and a SCOBY will grow on its own. May take a couple batches to get a robust SCOBY, but it'll work. I got a SCOBY from a friend though.... (more)

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by 1003 · about 23 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 23 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 23 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 23 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 23 hours ago

I made some homebrewed kombucha, which is delicious, only problem is I'm reacting to the saccharomyces boulardii yeast in it. which makes sense since i reacted to the probiotic pill form of saccharomyces boulardii. I do have an overgrowth of... (more)

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Kim_35 0 · February 16, 2013 at 2:19 PM

The reaction to Saccharomyces B. is probably candida die off, which is good!

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by 1495 · about 23 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 23 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 23 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 23 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 748 · about 23 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 23 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 23 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 5 · about 23 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 23 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 23 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 23 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 1467 · about 23 hours ago

This Morning I discovered some greyish thing growing on my scoby. Is it mold or is it growing another scoby? It doesn't look mouldy but its definitely slimy. This is the second batch i've made so I don't know much about Kombucha but I don't want... (more)

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Josh_M 0 · May 16, 2012 at 2:07 PM

I agree with jjtitus - looks like new scoby growth (but that pic is not very clear) - my scobies have similar colorations - almost a milky whitish color. Mold looks like mold - typically fuzzy & black or blush in color. I trust my nose too if... (more)

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by 3742 · about 23 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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