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Do you know the story of Stalin and Kombucha?
06-04-2014, 08:00 AM #1
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The story goes like this: Stalin was terrified of getting cancer, so he had some of his government researchers look to see where the lowest cancer rates were in Russia.

They found two districts with practically zero cancer. Oddly enough they were both industrial areas at a time when there were very few environmentalists, especially in the Russian dictatorship where tens of millions were being killed or starved to death because Stalin was a monster of the first order.

Anyway, back to the story. Stalin sent two teams of investigators, one to each district to see if they could discern the reason why no one was getting cancer in the two areas.

One of the investigators was interviewing a woman in her home. She offered him a carbonated beverage made from black tea, sugar and a 'mushroom' that wasn't really a mushroom.

The investigator was not familiar with the effervescent brew. She told him, "Everybody here drinks this kvas. Even the drunks drink it, and they stay out of fights."

The investigator reported his findings, and sure enough, the other team of investigators found out that everyone in the other district also drank the drink that tastes a little bit like champagne or apple cider.

Since then the drink has spread all the way to the US where it can be found in health food stores. For those who like to brew things, kombucha can be made at home for mere pennies per drink. Premade, bottled kombucha comes in many different flavors and costs over $4 a bottle.

Many regular drinkers claim kombucha has a plethora of healing properties, including changing gray hair back to its natural color. Maybe someone here could make a kombucha beer. chuckle.gif coffeetime.gif

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06-04-2014, 08:19 AM #2
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Very interesting.

They serve Kombucha tea down at my regular eco-coffee shop.
A bottled kvas-version, too.
Weird taste.
06-04-2014, 10:12 AM #3
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Interesting taste with that stuff, seems to have some really miraculous properties.

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06-05-2014, 01:03 AM #4
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(06-04-2014, 10:12 AM)JayRodney Wrote:  Interesting taste with that stuff, seems to have some really miraculous properties.

When I've made it right it tastes better than the best champagne I've ever tasted. Lately, I've been buying it because I didn't keep up with the process each week.

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06-05-2014, 11:50 AM #5
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hmm.gif That would be an interesting brewing experiment. Thanks for sharing BAG. cheers.gif
06-05-2014, 02:35 PM #6
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Dad made kvas when I was a kid :)

The process looked yucchy, but I
vaguely remember a bit of a love/
hate relationship with the spongy
taste.

Guess you can share and pass around
the not-really-mushroom culture, no..?
I seem to recall a yellowish cake of
yucchiness on the bottom of a jar 13.gif
06-05-2014, 02:39 PM #7
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I've heard about it, but don't think I ever had any. I'm sure there are some local variety that may need resurrected. hmm.gif
06-05-2014, 03:29 PM #8
DaJavoo If looks could kilt
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We can suppose ol' Joe got hooked on the tea?

I suspect other mushrooms may have been brewed up for his ass.
06-05-2014, 08:16 PM #9
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I've been brewing my own since 2005.
Its too expensive to buy, and I make some cool flavors.

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06-06-2014, 07:50 AM #10
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(06-05-2014, 08:16 PM)MEDUSA Wrote:  I've been brewing my own since 2005.
Its too expensive to buy, and I make some cool flavors.

You're right, the premade Kombucha costs $4.29 a bottle where I live. It's tasty, but a person can make kombucha at home for a month for the cost of tea bags and sugar for the plain variety which can taste really good.

Each batch of a gallon takes 6-8 tea bags and a cup to a cup and a half of sugar.

Don't worry about the sugar content - the 'scoby' or mushroom eats the sugar leaving a carbonated beverage.

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06-06-2014, 08:05 AM #11
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what's the recipe ?
06-06-2014, 08:09 AM #12
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06-10-2014, 07:41 AM #13
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You need a scoby to do it properly. However, if you buy good, non processed watered down kombucha, you can do it adding that, instead of a scoby, and eventually, a scoby grows.
You can buy kombucha starter kits online. There's also a good yahoo group that will help you along once you start.
Those guys have tried making kombucha out of everything, including coffee...
Bleh

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