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== Brew log == === 2019 === I did a few brews in 2019 but didn't write them down. Eventually I didn't have the energy to keep brewing and my brew went vile. Don't do that. === 2022-01-16 to 2022-01-31 === * Brewed for two weeks *Opened after three days * Bottle 1: Blueberry, banana and apple puree * Bottles 2-4: Apple * Bottle 5: Mango and orange * Bottle 6: Mango and banana * Bottle 7: Half full, mango and banana *All bottles except bottle 1 opened violently, I lost a lot of kombucha *Apparently I should have fermented in the fridge, not out of the fridge *Despite my sketchy brewing attempt, they all came out really good === 2022-01-31 to 2022-02-21 === * Was supposed to be a shorter first fermentation, bust instead was very long * Used a jug to mix flavoured kombucha before pouring in to bottles * Refrigerating second fermentation to hopefully reduce violence * Apple, banana, some orange juice, raw *Tasted 2022-02-27, tasted pretty bad *Lesson learned: Second fermentation needs to be done unrefrigerated *Tasted 2022-03-03 after second fermentation done properly, things taste better *Apple flavour was kind of OK *Banana was definitely not good *Orange juice was weak *Raw kombucha tastes like ... nothing? Not a fan. === 2022-02-21 to 2022-03-25 === * This was supposed to be on time, but it was way off *I didn't have bottles ready to harvest during all this *Instead I made an extra 2L and put it in a jar as a SCOBY hotel *Dumped the rest on the ground outside during a flood === 2022-03-25 to 2022-04-16 === * Aimed to harvest between April 1 to April 8 * Got a heating pad and bottle brush for cleaning *The heating pad is a bit too hot so I bought a thermostat for it *The brush was too dense and didn't deal with narrow bottles, I ended up breaking it *Fed some left over sweet tea to SCOBY hotel *I made apple and some orange flavors *Bottles 3, 5, 6 were apple *Bottles 2, R, and unlabeled were orange *Tastes weak, not sure why. Maybe long brew in the cold? Or not enough sugar in second fermentation? === 2022-04-16 to 2022-05-18 === * Aimed to harvest after two weeks, took a month instead *Stopped heating after two weeks *Decided to use this batch for testing *Bottle 5 is half apple rest kombucha *Bottle Q is a third apple rest kombucha *Bottle 6 is half apple rest kombucha plus two teaspoons of sugar *Bottle R is a third apple rest kombucha plus two teaspoons of sugar *Bottle 3 is the same as Q *Bottle 7 is the same as R *Will ferment for a few days then note taste *2022-05-21: Chilled bottles 5, Q, 6 and R *No bottles had any pressure building *Blind taste test: 6 and Q were sweet and tasty, 5 and R were not tasty, 5 was pasty *2022-05-23: Chilled bottles 3 and 7 *2022-05-26: Tasted bottle 7, very sour === 2022-05-18 to 2022-07-05 === * Harvest June 1st after two weeks * Clean bottles, brew tea and do fruit prep the day before *Brewing at a constant 24 degrees *Managed to do fruit prep but had executive dysfunction and failed the rest === 2022-07-05 to 2022-07-19 === * Aimed to harvest after a week, took two weeks *Brewed at a constant 24 degrees *Made a bit too much by accident *Copied recipes and chilling according to 2022-04-16 *Bottle 5 is half apple rest kombucha *Bottle 7 is a third apple rest kombucha *Bottle 3 is half apple rest kombucha plus two teaspoons of sugar *Bottle 6 is a third apple rest kombucha plus two teaspoons of sugar *Bottle blank is half apple rest kombucha *Bottle 2 is a third apple rest kombucha *Bottle R is a third apple rest kombucha *Bottle 4 is half apple rest kombucha *2022-07-22: Chilled bottles 5, 7, 3, 6 *2022-07-23: Taste tested *3 was good but watery taste with a thick composition *5 had a watery taste and composition *6 had more of an apple taste with nice fizz, good composition *7 was fizzy and tasteless, thick composition *I didn't stir, so I might have to see if there's a relation between bottle order and taste *I wonder if I caught the brew as it transitioned from sweet to sour making it bland *2022-07-25: Chilled bottles blank, 2, R, 4 *4 was watery but fizzier and stronger *2 was kind of flat, not much taste *blank was kind of sour though I opened it late *I gave R to a family member *I bought more flip top bottles === 2022-07-19 to 2022-08-11 === * Aim to harvest August 2nd, 10 days later *Brewing at a constant 24 degrees *I just blended up 6 apples (1.5 litres) and mixed it with the 4 litres of Kombucha *I added 6 desert spoons of sugar to the mix for the last 3 bottles *I'll start my next brew from the SCOBY hotel when I feel like it *Brew is a lot more even and less explosive *The brew was way too long, it all tastes sour === 2023-01-06 === * Leaving my SCOBY hotel alone with no maintenance for 4 months got it to mold * I had checked my SCOBY hotel a week or so earlier to find no mold * Honestly I wasn't having good Kombucha results anyway * Might move on to another brewing hobby
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