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Does anybody else here have a Kombucha addiction

Commented on December 12, 2014
Created April 08, 2011 at 7:22 PM

It starts when I wake up. I start thinking about the moment when I will be gulping down a bottle of kombucha. Or maybe I happen to be passing by Whole Foods, and I'll think, "I deserve it for doing X. I'll stop tomorrow" Not just any Kombucha will do. I need the Ginger GT's Kombucha. I manage (usually) to confine my addiction to week-days. During the week, I will have one, sometimes two a day. I don't think I have an addictive personality (but don't all addicts say that?). None of my other little vices seems to have this effect on me. What do you think?

98bf2ca7f8778c79cd3f6c962011cfdc

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on April 15, 2011
at 01:21 AM

That's not spooky That's the ACS and their ridiculous scare tactics against anything they don't approve of. I used to work for them and I'll just leave it at that. Home fermented foods are powerful and wonderful things. Follow proper technique and you'll be just fine.

98bf2ca7f8778c79cd3f6c962011cfdc

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on April 15, 2011
at 01:16 AM

I'm going to try this! Thanks.

74f5d2ff6567edd456d31dfb9b92af61

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on April 12, 2011
at 09:42 PM

Damn you, you ginger-touting fiends! Of course, I had to go out and try that flavor next. And, of course, I love it. Good-bye, hard earned money, it was nice knowing you. x)

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on April 11, 2011
at 08:11 AM

That is spooky! I was just on the point of trying to find a scoby ... but I don't think I'll bother?

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on April 10, 2011
at 12:43 AM

For the second fermentation, I transfer everything to 3-4 repurposed glass quart jars with screw-top lids. I've read that it's important to use translucent glass for kombucha fermenting, but I've never tested that theory.

E91fd339d760ed76cc72570a679ebf5a

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on April 09, 2011
at 07:23 PM

About the ginger: I found ginger juice at Whole Foods and add it to my kombucha as I'm bottling it. Ta da, instant Gingerade!

Ab19df3ededa28f7bf7daeba8435b205

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on April 09, 2011
at 07:22 PM

http://www.cancer.org/Treatment/TreatmentsandSideEffects/ComplementaryandAlternativeMedicine/DietandNutrition/kombucha-tea scroll down on this link til you see "Any problems or possible...."

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on April 09, 2011
at 05:02 PM

Jennie, you are right. It is like Crack. Luckily they no longer have the Grape GT Kombucha. That stuff was the bomb and would seriously make me deviate from Paleo!

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on April 09, 2011
at 05:00 PM

Well, I will probably follow your advice. I just went out and had another one. Reading some of the posts here, I am seriously considering brewing my own. At least, my addiction won't be so expensive that way!

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on April 09, 2011
at 04:57 PM

What side effects?

101b3a5c96d313d22262f65bdff20acf

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on April 09, 2011
at 03:32 PM

I add ginger juice to my kombucha after it's all done brewing and make sure it has no contact with the SCOBY. I'm getting pretty close to the GT taste.

101b3a5c96d313d22262f65bdff20acf

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on April 09, 2011
at 03:30 PM

The ginger GT is like crack, man. I had to start making my own to get off the stuff.

B1fcaceba952861d0324bdb291edbbe0

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on April 09, 2011
at 02:50 AM

What is this stuff?

74f5d2ff6567edd456d31dfb9b92af61

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on April 09, 2011
at 02:17 AM

Heh. That's too funny! I *was* wondering why this so-called non-alcoholic beverage was making me go off on tirades then giggling uncontrollably afterward...xD

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at 01:23 AM

Kim, excellent instructions - I think I will try doing the less teabag per cup next time - what kind of jars do you use for 2nd ferment - does it matter?

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on April 09, 2011
at 01:17 AM

they didnt remove the alcohol, but just lowered it to something under the legal limit. i think that because it was sitting around for so long it was continuing to ferment and getting kinda potent. methinks you got a few of the good ones!

0c0c5c65612425e497b7231c21516943

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on April 08, 2011
at 11:22 PM

Have her send you one with a little tea. Boil water and tea and sugar. See a recipe for the right amount. To start you could go with 3 cups of water, 3 tea bags (no oils in them), 1/4 cup of sugar. Let it come to room temp. Add it to your scoby and liquid. Cover the glass container with a paper towel or cheesecloth and rubber band. Put it somewhere dark. On about the 7th day you can start tasting it. I am going to order some PH strips, because I am not sure if I am getting it too sour or too sweet, but it is not just perfect like the G.T.'s.

0c0c5c65612425e497b7231c21516943

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on April 08, 2011
at 11:20 PM

I just researched it on the web. See the above. I ordered a scoby on Etsy. It was made with organic tea and organic sugar. The stuff is addicting!

74f5d2ff6567edd456d31dfb9b92af61

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on April 08, 2011
at 10:51 PM

I think you're probably right -- but what about the "recall" wherein the kombucha was pulled off the shelves and reformulated to remove the alcohol? Methinks it was just a big show, and the alcoholic buzz lingers on.

Cab7e4ef73c5d7d7a77e1c3d7f5773a1

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on April 08, 2011
at 09:47 PM

It does have some alcohol, maybe that's it?

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on April 08, 2011
at 09:06 PM

That "bad ass B" pose is working for you. Keep it coming.

43cc03b7103f967b9758832ccbceb501

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on April 08, 2011
at 09:04 PM

Thanks! it's my "bad ass B" pose. lol

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on April 08, 2011
at 08:53 PM

Since when did everyone start drinking this stuff?

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on April 08, 2011
at 08:47 PM

Digging your hair, girl, and I will definitely be hanging on your website.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on April 08, 2011
at 08:38 PM

Dig your hair and I am definitely going to be hang out on your website some.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on April 08, 2011
at 08:08 PM

I have been drinking it for a couple of years. You could be right.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on April 08, 2011
at 08:07 PM

How did you learn to start making your own?

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on April 08, 2011
at 08:06 PM

Gazelle-pretty name by the way-what is the best way to start making your own kombucha?

9aa2a816c61170cc0183a68be0386ba5

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on April 08, 2011
at 07:36 PM

@Carly - It's tea + sugar left to ferment with a "kombucha" fungus in it. As the kombucha "grows" it makes a daughter, which is just another pancake underneath the one you started with. Very similar to a vinegar mother, actually. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kombucha

9aa2a816c61170cc0183a68be0386ba5

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on April 08, 2011
at 07:35 PM

I used to cut it with koolaid, but then it just made the koolaid unpalatable too. ICK.

2507b557331c8a674bc81197531e609a

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on April 08, 2011
at 07:34 PM

What is it??...

23cdea3bba94e17d2b58b525773d0c0a

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on April 08, 2011
at 07:30 PM

I wish my mom made me stuff like that growing up. She won't even TRY kombucha. My 5yo loves it.

9aa2a816c61170cc0183a68be0386ba5

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on April 08, 2011
at 07:28 PM

I'd consider it was an additive, not the actual kombucha itself. Ever tried making your own?

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E91fd339d760ed76cc72570a679ebf5a

(2369)

on April 08, 2011
at 07:49 PM

I used to be addicted to GT's. I suspect it was the sugar and the little alcohol buzz it gives. Now I brew my own. Much cheaper, and I make it more sour so I only really want one glass a day at the most. I have a zillion SCOBYs to give away if anyone in NYC is interested.

B34e9c0e49085b8df75ccdba740b4172

on December 12, 2014
at 07:55 PM

I would love to get some scobys. Please let me know. Lexxmarr at hotmail. I always wanted to make some kombucha.

0c0c5c65612425e497b7231c21516943

(1354)

on April 08, 2011
at 11:22 PM

Have her send you one with a little tea. Boil water and tea and sugar. See a recipe for the right amount. To start you could go with 3 cups of water, 3 tea bags (no oils in them), 1/4 cup of sugar. Let it come to room temp. Add it to your scoby and liquid. Cover the glass container with a paper towel or cheesecloth and rubber band. Put it somewhere dark. On about the 7th day you can start tasting it. I am going to order some PH strips, because I am not sure if I am getting it too sour or too sweet, but it is not just perfect like the G.T.'s.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on April 08, 2011
at 08:06 PM

Gazelle-pretty name by the way-what is the best way to start making your own kombucha?

4
43cc03b7103f967b9758832ccbceb501

on April 08, 2011
at 08:10 PM

Love the Kombucha conversation and all the homebrewers! Yay! :) I like what Barb said about your body craving something and that not necessarily being a bad thing, especially with the toxic diets many of us are often on.

I've been teaching people how to make it taste delicious for years at my website Kombucha Kamp and provide instruction videos, recipes and support for anyone who needs it. Everything is FREE and there are no ads. If you need supplies you can get those too, including 100% organic mother cultures, but if not still come by and use the resources or drop me a line with a question. ~ Hannah Crum, The Kombucha Mamma

43cc03b7103f967b9758832ccbceb501

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on April 08, 2011
at 09:04 PM

Thanks! it's my "bad ass B" pose. lol

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on April 08, 2011
at 08:38 PM

Dig your hair and I am definitely going to be hang out on your website some.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on April 08, 2011
at 08:47 PM

Digging your hair, girl, and I will definitely be hanging on your website.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on April 08, 2011
at 09:06 PM

That "bad ass B" pose is working for you. Keep it coming.

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22212e9ba2a041e6da6c963d4d41615a

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on April 08, 2011
at 07:35 PM

I drink one a day, but I don't see how it is an issues unless you are drinking the one's that add juice to it and are only %95 Kombucha. There are a variety of benefits of Kambucha and only 4 grams of sugar (from the fermentation process) in one bottle. I love the Gingerade and it's a great substitute when I am craving something other than water and/or tea.

Don't be so hard on yourself and enjoy it!!!!

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on April 09, 2011
at 05:00 PM

Well, I will probably follow your advice. I just went out and had another one. Reading some of the posts here, I am seriously considering brewing my own. At least, my addiction won't be so expensive that way!

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Fac1af832cc3c6a20059c41411fd0f6b

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on April 08, 2011
at 08:18 PM

My wife started brewing it and my kids are freaks for the stuff. If you were to give them the choice between [sugary-drink] and kombucha they would wipe out the kumbucha first and then ask if the other stuff can be made into it.

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1da74185531d6d4c7182fb9ee417f97f

on April 11, 2011
at 05:17 AM

I am Sooooooo addicted. I got sick of buying it for 3 bucks a bottle, though, so I homebrew now. I found that brewing it with green tea instead of black and putting some fresh ginger through a garlic press and adding a little ginger juice makes it taste uncannily like the GT brand gingerade.

98bf2ca7f8778c79cd3f6c962011cfdc

(24286)

on April 15, 2011
at 01:16 AM

I'm going to try this! Thanks.

1
46ee2f7d91719ecfe691a0c2a6da7034

(148)

on April 08, 2011
at 08:42 PM

I've been brewing Kombucha few several years....I found this site very helpful: Gunther W. Frank's Kombucha Journal kombu.de website gives lots of info, instructions, and people all over the world who are willing to give away scoby's for free or postage only.

I usually only drink about 4 oz per day....and not every day.

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0242b468fe1c97997749db416c92e7ed

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on April 08, 2011
at 08:35 PM

+1 to all the suggestions to brew your own at home - that way, you can control the quality of ingredients and the level of sweetness (and save a TON of money!) I'm not sure if we qualify as "addicted," but my husband and I go through about 3 quarts of home-brewed ginger-pear kombucha every couple of weeks. :)

If you're interested in diy, there are lots of tutorials online. I tried to outline my own method here (see third response).

0c0c5c65612425e497b7231c21516943

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on April 09, 2011
at 01:23 AM

Kim, excellent instructions - I think I will try doing the less teabag per cup next time - what kind of jars do you use for 2nd ferment - does it matter?

0242b468fe1c97997749db416c92e7ed

(4528)

on April 10, 2011
at 12:43 AM

For the second fermentation, I transfer everything to 3-4 repurposed glass quart jars with screw-top lids. I've read that it's important to use translucent glass for kombucha fermenting, but I've never tested that theory.

1
0c0c5c65612425e497b7231c21516943

(1354)

on April 08, 2011
at 07:45 PM

I am addicted. Just started brewing my own. I am on my third batch and I have nice healthy scobies! I was tired of paying for a bottle every day! It is so yummy. I haven't prefected my recipe on replicating any of the G.T.'s, but I am working on it!

101b3a5c96d313d22262f65bdff20acf

(539)

on April 09, 2011
at 03:32 PM

I add ginger juice to my kombucha after it's all done brewing and make sure it has no contact with the SCOBY. I'm getting pretty close to the GT taste.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on April 08, 2011
at 08:07 PM

How did you learn to start making your own?

0c0c5c65612425e497b7231c21516943

(1354)

on April 08, 2011
at 11:20 PM

I just researched it on the web. See the above. I ordered a scoby on Etsy. It was made with organic tea and organic sugar. The stuff is addicting!

1
23cdea3bba94e17d2b58b525773d0c0a

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on April 08, 2011
at 07:25 PM

I think it could be much worse. Sometimes we crave things no necissarily because we're addicted but because our bodies need something it provides. How long have you been drinking kombucha?

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on April 08, 2011
at 08:08 PM

I have been drinking it for a couple of years. You could be right.

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Da51d54adf1a187118ef591f5ff1fa5f

on September 07, 2013
at 10:57 PM

Wow, and I thought I was loosing my ever loving mind! I have a huge addiction to GT's Gingerade! I have at least one a day sometimes 2! The cravings are pretty intense, it's bizarre. I've gone a whole day without one and feel like I'm having withdrawals.

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089dd41b18fbb95ebb5347cded708d98

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on December 28, 2012
at 10:53 PM

i love kombucha. i usually drink reed's and gt's kombucha. i just got two scobys for xmas so i'll be starting my own soon.

i am not addicted though since i can totally live without the stuff- i just don't want to! i probably drink it twice a week since it's expensive.

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6486826b269cf5b9578f947b5b645fc4

on December 28, 2012
at 10:33 PM

I am so glad I found this question! I too am addicted. Seriously .. every two days or so I start craving one. I usually don't have strong cravings for many things so I have been trying to figure out what it is about Kombucha that is making me respond this way. Is it something about the natural carbonation or probiotics itself? Not sure I will get into home brewing, but I will definitely stock up when it is on sale. Glad to see I am not alone in this.

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4e184df9c1ed38f61febc5d6cf031921

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on April 12, 2011
at 10:01 AM

Is it really good? Is it safe? Does it have lots of nice probiotics? And what about yeast? I thought yeast was a bad guy?

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Ab19df3ededa28f7bf7daeba8435b205

on April 09, 2011
at 02:13 PM

I am interested in trying this but the side effects worry me.....do you think starting with the bottled version will take care of some of the side effects people have from home brew?

4e184df9c1ed38f61febc5d6cf031921

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on April 11, 2011
at 08:11 AM

That is spooky! I was just on the point of trying to find a scoby ... but I don't think I'll bother?

Ab19df3ededa28f7bf7daeba8435b205

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on April 09, 2011
at 07:22 PM

http://www.cancer.org/Treatment/TreatmentsandSideEffects/ComplementaryandAlternativeMedicine/DietandNutrition/kombucha-tea scroll down on this link til you see "Any problems or possible...."

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on April 09, 2011
at 04:57 PM

What side effects?

98bf2ca7f8778c79cd3f6c962011cfdc

(24286)

on April 15, 2011
at 01:21 AM

That's not spooky That's the ACS and their ridiculous scare tactics against anything they don't approve of. I used to work for them and I'll just leave it at that. Home fermented foods are powerful and wonderful things. Follow proper technique and you'll be just fine.

0
74f5d2ff6567edd456d31dfb9b92af61

(5227)

on April 08, 2011
at 08:19 PM

I'm not addicted, per se, but z0migosh I love kombucha! My poison is the Trilogy flavor. I swear, though, that stuff does something funky with my brain because I get very light-headed and silly when I do drink it.

I go through periods of buying 1-2 bottles-ish to sip over a week to long stretches without it...but the sweet/sour vinegar tang always draws me back in.

I definitely want to start brewing my own, though, because at 3.50$ a bottle, my little habit is starting to get a bit expensive. >.<

74f5d2ff6567edd456d31dfb9b92af61

(5227)

on April 08, 2011
at 10:51 PM

I think you're probably right -- but what about the "recall" wherein the kombucha was pulled off the shelves and reformulated to remove the alcohol? Methinks it was just a big show, and the alcoholic buzz lingers on.

Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

(15239)

on April 09, 2011
at 01:17 AM

they didnt remove the alcohol, but just lowered it to something under the legal limit. i think that because it was sitting around for so long it was continuing to ferment and getting kinda potent. methinks you got a few of the good ones!

74f5d2ff6567edd456d31dfb9b92af61

(5227)

on April 09, 2011
at 02:17 AM

Heh. That's too funny! I *was* wondering why this so-called non-alcoholic beverage was making me go off on tirades then giggling uncontrollably afterward...xD

Cab7e4ef73c5d7d7a77e1c3d7f5773a1

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on April 08, 2011
at 09:47 PM

It does have some alcohol, maybe that's it?

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9aa2a816c61170cc0183a68be0386ba5

on April 08, 2011
at 07:28 PM

Ick. My mom used to make this stuff when I was a kid and it tasted AWFUL. Like drinking vinegar every morning with breakfast. Yuck. And we had bunches of the kombucha in the bottom of our fridge (since it always makes a daughter when it creates a batch). ICK ICK ICK.

23cdea3bba94e17d2b58b525773d0c0a

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on April 08, 2011
at 07:30 PM

I wish my mom made me stuff like that growing up. She won't even TRY kombucha. My 5yo loves it.

9aa2a816c61170cc0183a68be0386ba5

(1702)

on April 08, 2011
at 07:35 PM

I used to cut it with koolaid, but then it just made the koolaid unpalatable too. ICK.

2507b557331c8a674bc81197531e609a

(4994)

on April 08, 2011
at 07:34 PM

What is it??...

9aa2a816c61170cc0183a68be0386ba5

(1702)

on April 08, 2011
at 07:36 PM

@Carly - It's tea + sugar left to ferment with a "kombucha" fungus in it. As the kombucha "grows" it makes a daughter, which is just another pancake underneath the one you started with. Very similar to a vinegar mother, actually. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kombucha

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