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Adding Juice/ flavors to kombucha

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I love kombucha and have been successfully brewing it for about 5 months now. I have four gallons brewing at a time and drink about a gallon every 4 or 5 days. My girlfriend likes the stuff too but still really likes GT's flavored stuff, and it ticks me off when I see her buying it considering that I have a bunch of it at home.

So she wants me to add flavors into mine. Anyone got any experience with that?

My idea was to add fresh squeezed citrus and then maybe some 100% organic juice concoctions from a health food store (rather than attempt to puree mangos, etc.)

Any pointers?

Thanks!

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  1. I wouldn't use fruit juice because it may change the sugar content of the brew and you would also then need to store it in the fridge which isn't ideal, right? Husband used flavored teas that made a difference - decaf celestial seasonings or something like that.

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    1. re: SweetPea

      I didn't know storing it in the fridge would be a bad thing. After I brew it (not in the fridge of course) I transfer out the tea and THEN put the tea in the fridge (and add a new batch of tea to my culture of course)

      SO I'm thinking about adding the juice AFTER the fermenting/ brewing process. what do you think about that?

      (as far as changing the sugar content, I can't imagine fresh citurs making that big a difference, and once its removed from the culture it shouldn't matter, should it?)

      1. re: mr mouther

        Oh, I see. I thought you meant adding to the "brew' with the mushroom. Once the tea is removed it (the tea) should be in the fridge and you can add what you want.. Yeah - go for it.