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DIY Kombucha - The Good, The Bad, And The Really Ugly (Smell)

  • Apr 14, 2009
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I love Kombucha! My bestie Colin turned me onto it when he started "brewing" his own at home. His is really tasty stuff, and when you make it yourself, it's practically free, as opposed to the $5 a bottle.

Kombucha is a "living" drink. As in, those probiotics and friends-of-your-colin (colin, not Colin, thought Colin would definitely tell you the probiotics are indeed his friends) are alive and kickin' all the way down. In order to make kombucha, you have to find someone who has a "mother" who can give you a "baby." Weird, right?*

Basically, Kombucha looks like a big puddle of bacteria, lying or floating in a big glass container of some sort. It's the shape of, say, a pancake. You have to "feed" it. It loves tea and sugar. The mother "digests" the sugars and tea and turns it into Kombucha. As the mother converts the stuff into the stuff you want, it produces a "baby," which you can give to your very, very, strange friends.

Anyway, I'm quite clearly not an expert. This is about as much as I knew when I accepted one of Colin's kombucha babies and decided to try making this stuff myself at home. I ended up feeding it once and never again, because the Kombucha it made was really acidic and my BF made fun of me a lot for being nuts enough to attempt this in a small Brooklyn apartment. I still have the thing! It's sitting in a jar covered in a bandana in a closed cabinet above the giant bag of catfood. Every time I open that cabinet door I get a huge waft of its vinegar stink. I feel like I can't throw it away because its my baby!

Anyway, I wouldn't recommend trying this at home unless you're very determined to do it, really love Kombucha, and really know what you're doing (as Colin does).

Be prepared for some really intense smellz!

*Please note, you probably can start your own brew at home without getting a "baby" but I have no idea how that's done.

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April 14, 2009
so bizarre, yet so intriguing! after all, whose colin doesn't need a friend!? great review -- glad you're back from vacay, we missed you : )
April 14, 2009
Aww, shucks! It's good to be back! Also, I totally agree. Please join me in my "Every Colin Needs A Friend" campaign. :)
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