Last night I bottled my first batch of Kombucha Tea. I had called my Dad and asked him some questions before starting. When we were saying goodbye he said he sure wished he could be here and watch me bottle my first batch. I knew what that meant. It meant, “I sure wish you would move your computer upstairs so I could skype in and watch you.”
First lesson learned:
That really thin membrane looking thing on the top is the new “baby” scoby. It didn’t grow very big. Probably for 2 reasons: first because I might not have let it brew long enough, and second because I didn’t realize until this morning that you have to start with de-chlorinated water. And Dad thought we were on a well, so he didn’t think to bring that up.
To de-chlorinate your water, let it sit on your counter for 6 hours. Apparently the chlorine evaporates.
First step: Call husband upstairs to help with the steps so you can photograph as you go, since you already tried each step AND photographing, and it didn’t work.
***Before this step search high and low for your kitchen funnel. Look in each drawer and cupboard, even if you KNOW it would never be there. Look in bathrooms, because you just never know. Look outside around BBQ, again, you never know. Finally holler to husband “Do you know where my funnel is?” When he tells you “um, it was maybe, probably, really…actually, yes, commissioned for use in the garage” most likely with petroleum products, start getting creative:
A One Cup Coffee Cone works well.
Second lesson learned: hide kitchen funnel.
Third Lesson Learned, and most important of all:
Take down those Christmas lights above the kitchen cabinets! It’s almost MAY for crying out loud!