Any ideas as to whether/where I can buy kombucha culture or commercial kombucha drink in Montreal?
Any tips would be appreciated. Thanks!
The Crudessence people sell it, from their cafe. But you can also call them, and buy it directly from their catering office, by the case.
You can find a culture at kombu.de - I would happily send you one but I'm in the states and who knows what they'd so with it at the border?
Also I priced it - homemade costs about 20 cents a pint and at Fairway in NYC it costs between $3. and $3.50 a pint! And I like the taste of homemade better. Little learning curve, but worth it. The culture reproduces itself every time you make a batch. Enjoy!!!
when you use a scoby to ferment a batch of sweetened tea, the original scoby is the "mother" and the new tissue which develops on the surface of the liquid is the "baby".
fyi: if you're trying to cultivate scobys, after your KTea is fermented to your liking, pour off the KTea. peel the baby from the mother and let it sit in a minimal amount of the old KTea (i.e., don't add fresh tea or sugar). I guess, like plants, the harsher the conditions, the harder they work to pass on their genes. the baby will grow much thicker than it would in a depth of tea; it will grow very white. these always remind me of calamari steaks.
if you need more KTea while you promote growth in the baby, re-use the mother.
hope this helps. I've been fermenting KTea for most of this year, and still as enthusiastic as when I first started.
I occasionally see people advertising on craigslist. Sometimes they give it away (those alien things take over your house easily, scaaaaaryy); or look for people that could barter for it,
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I want to revive this post and see if anyone has any new info. I want to begin making Kombucha along with making beer (which is so much fun). So yeah, same question as the OP, just 3-4 years later.
I know that Crudessence still makes and sells it but it's close to $4 a bottle (400 mL or so) which is a bit ridiculous. Also, they claim that their Kombucha contains no chemicals, which makes their product the worlds most expensive vacuum.
If anyone has a baby they can donate me, that would also be great!