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1/2/13 12:13 P

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I had forgotten about this thread - shows how long I have been KK&F of F - but every month or so I split my Kefir (milk) grains and have spare scobies so do please get in touch if you live in the UK and need either.


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4/23/11 5:54 A

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Just to say that I now have a lot of kefir grains and quite a lot of kombucha SCOBYs to share!

I'm based in Sherwood, Nottingham, UK and can send either product anywhere in the UK- I'm sure they won't survive a transatlantic flight, though!

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11/12/10 12:29 P

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Yes, I have started something similar in my bathroom cupboard! I keep the dregs of my bottling- usually at least a pint- and put them into a separate jar. However, I think I messed up before this point, as neither are growing a strong SCOBY, only a weak, lumpy version.... the last ferment had bad blue bacteria growing, a sure sign something's wrong, but the old SCOBY was at the bottom of the jar so I kept that and threw the rest.

When I had the yeast problem- too much fizz, weak SCOBY- I left the kombucha in the cupboard for about three months and after, I had a beautiful thick, white SCOBY which I now use, as well as some incredibly vinegary kombucha to add to my fresh sweet tea.

Thanks for the kind offer, too, but if I can get it, I'll go local. That way, I might get something that's used to the water and atmosphere.

I'm giving it another ferment then making my decision....

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11/11/10 2:58 P

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Paul,
What we've done just to make sure that we can keep producing Kombucha is to put up a scoby hotel on the side of our main Kombucha production. Once we have developed more than one good size scoby we then transfer one of the extras to another jar with about 1 cup of finished Kombucha and a little Apple Cider Vinegar to discourage any other bacterias from growing in there.
Within a week we have a new, thick healthy scoby on top of the one we first started with. These scobys are almost pure white, very fat and produce very effervescent Kombucha. We now have three jars going. Two are Kombucha (one trad green, one WOG *White, Oolong and Green), one is scoby hotel.

This way if something goes wrong with any of our Kombuchas or scobys we still have a spare waiting for it's turn.
I'd send you one but I'm sure S&H would be astronomical!

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11/11/10 2:30 P

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'Knuckles', we all find that out at some point! I think I've ruined my kombucha SCOBY, somehow, and have to replace it- I have no idea what I did, though!

But, then again, I love the learning process, so a win win situation!

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11/10/10 4:31 P

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ok, I am realizing I know even less than I thought I did.

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9/7/10 11:35 A

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That's okay, I'll share in the future!

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Aw, shame! We can give you all the help and encouragement you need, though, and as Mandy will confirm, that's worth its weight in SCOBY!

Just ask, as they say!

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9/7/10 9:48 A

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Hi all!
I am new to this group and I'm just getting ready to start my own batch of kombucha. Well that is as soon as I get my scoby!
I wish I had known there was a group here on SP because I would've contacted some of you instead. I purchased my SCOBY off Ebay.
Hopefully I'll get it within the next day or two.
I'm so excited!


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9/3/10 4:49 P

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I received my first 'donated' SCOBY and its been put to good use! It travelled will in its liquid and zip bag.

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9/15/09 3:50 P

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Yep, that's about the size of it! Hoping to get the book off to you tomorrow, prolly take a week or so, but well worth reading!

Keep us informed on your progress, Rachel- you're our very first convert!! emoticon

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I did some looking online to see how others ship scobys, here is just a copy & paste from ebay. It looks like double ziplock bags works just fine & about 1/2c of starter tea. They use priority mail.

"1 organically grown kombucha mushroom young & fresh regular size approximately 3 to 4 inches across.
Approximately 1/2 cup starter tea,enough to get you going on your first batch. Starter tea is fermented kombucha tea that the culture you are getting came out of.
1 set of 6 printed pages of info (1 set per total order)
These kombuchas can be used with regular or organic tea & sugar.
You can use white,green or black tea (or mixture) with these kombuchas.
All kombuchas will be mailed to you double bagged in zipper bags floating in the starter tea, make sure to not throw out the starter tea you will need it."


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9/15/09 1:13 A

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Hello everyone! :-)

I have several SCOBY's that are in my fridge and dormant right now. I can donate any to those that may be in need. :-) It may take a couple of brews before they get back "up to snuff", but that is what I do with mine....I term it "they go to the nursery" instead of being discarded.
I am looking into drying them for doggie chews, or finding the recipe for a facial cleanser/mask made with old SCOBY's... Some of my cats will munch on little pieces of it too believe it or not.
As far as shipping, it would almost have to be Priority mail or sooner, obviously, and I believe they can be sent (starter tea included) in a clean fresh ziploc bag--that is double & triple zipped bag in bag. I have a FoodSaver heat sealer with bags that may work to seal in the SCOBY & tea.
So just a few ideas for yall......


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9/14/09 4:44 P

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I have a book;
'KOMBUCHA TEA- FOR YOUR HEALTH AND HEALING' by Alick & Mari Bartholomew, founders of The Kombucha Tea Network UK.

###SEE THE NEW THREAD I'VE STARTED, PLEASE!!###
I'm more than happy to send it to anyone that could use it, on condition they either send it on to someone else or back to me when they've finished with it- no maximum period, common sense rules apply!!

I insist you leave a message after mine on the inside front and rear covers, with your location- I do love a well Travelled book!!

Rachel's got first dibs- where next? emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

If you have anything to offer, please start a new topic and we should be able to keep a tab on where things are- that way, if you wish to loan or receive the item, you can post on the thread. Well, sounds great in theory!!

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I sent you a private message. I'm not sure if I sent my information soon enough to you, so if you can't do it today, that is fine. I'd sure appreciate your extra scoby if you don't mind trying to send it to me.

Thanks,
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I have to go to the post office tomorrow anyway.. I could try to wrap up a scoby for mail.. it has to be in liquid.. I couldn't guarantee it'd get there. I'm not sure about shipping it, but if you want me to risk it, send me your address & I might try it tomorrow.. you may be like me and not sign onto this every day, so if not, we'll attempt it another time, but I've got an extra scoby I feel guilty discarding.. lol..

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I'm willing to pay shipment for a scoby...

I'm in Indiana, so I'm assuming shipment from the US would be best.

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OK, we've now got a few members who brew Kombucha in the team, and a few who are Kurious- so how about we set up an informal scheme where we swap and donate things, such as live SCOBY, or equipment we no longer use, or links to places and equipment that we use on a regular basis?

Obviously, there will be a big element of altruism in this, and I, for one, am certainly willing to send anything I can to get someone started, but postage or travel costs must be met by the recipient, I feel, unless the donor is happy to pay- Fair?

What do we think to this, Team? emoticon

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