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Just in time for Summer...
'Tis a long time since I last brewed drinkee poos.
I'm back being chief bottle washer while lining up to drink from them.
What we have here is plain Kombucha -- a fermented, lightly effervescent, sweetened black and green tea drink.
Mine tastes as it should: pretty darn good.
That's all I'm saying. Flavour and effervescence that is cheap to make at home and satisfying to drink.
Not $8 per bottle. Fun and easy to make if you have a SCOBY.
Kombucha is the drink you have when you aren't having a drink. Goes well with mineral water too.
My daughter was drinking the stuff and I kept raiding her fridge.
Just saying: very easy and cheap to make.
For those with fruit trees, you can add your harvest during a secondary ferment.

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Comment by Andrew Cumberland on November 5, 2020 at 20:25

Mine are all BPA free.  You can get them from home brew shops at a reasonable cost.  I've been using the same 60 bottles for about 5 years now. I add the odd 1.25 soft drink bottle that someone leaves here.  (Oh, no judgement implied.  I'm just saying what I do and why. I can't say it's the best way - just my way.)

Comment by Janet Fong on November 5, 2020 at 19:43

How many times can you reuse plastic bottles without the nasties in plastic leaking into the brew?

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on November 5, 2020 at 19:10

I do all my brewing in plastic. Can't explode like glass can.  I once did a three part video on how to start a scoby and make the kombucha. 

Comment by Dave Riley on November 4, 2020 at 15:09

-- although some are sold inplastic..

Comment by Dave Riley on November 4, 2020 at 12:25

Inasmuch as I know anything.

I've used screw top with the option that if I store the bottles out of the fridge I'll 'burp' them weekly. That is, unscrew/re-screw the top.

I'm trying to collect strong glass bottles rather than others because they are less likely to be weakened by gas build up. Recycled commercial  kombucha bottles are solid -- although some are sold in glass.

Comment by Janet Fong on November 4, 2020 at 9:10
I like how you reuse wine bottles for your kombucha.
I am new to fermented drinks and just started making water kefir on a regular basis and have some questions: plastic or glass beer bottles? Flip-top or screw top bottles if glass? I'd like to keep the maximum carbonation without causing an explosion. Any suggestions?

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