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Monthly Archives: December 2015

  • Holiday Shipping Dates

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    Getting nervous about how late you can order from KBBK and still have it under the tree for Christmas morning? Our carriers have declared that if you order by the dates on this map, they will be able to get your package to these locations before Dec 25th. If you're looking for last minute gifts after these dates, we have expedited shipping options

     

    We will be shipping orders until Dec 23rd.  Give us a call if you need help getting an order together. 

     

    Happy holiday brewing!

     

  • Holiday Kombucha Recipe - Melange

     

    We're always trying to see just how far we can go in playing with our primary ferments. This recipe is a great example of treading in unknown territory and coming out with a positive result.

     

    Kombucha Brooklyn Melange

     

    Generally we don't advise using non-tea or whole spices in primary fermentation, as this can interfere with the metabolism of the culture and won't guarantee a successful brew. But with plenty of culture to go around, and some ambitious spirit, we've found we can take our brews to places unfathomed. Enter Melange, the ultimate holiday kombucha.

     

    Some of our favorite spices are prevalent around the holiday season, so we decided to take two of the tastiest - clove and cinnamon - for a ride in this brew. This recipe gets bonus points for its simplicity!

     

    Makes 1 gallon

     

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    • 1 cup sugar
    • 1 cup brewed kombucha (for starter)

     

    Boil water as you would normally, and steep the tea blend along with the cloves and cinnamon. Once you've allowed this mix to steep for at least 20 minutes, just remove the tea bag (leave the clove and cinnamon in!), add sugar, top off with cool water, and add your SCOBY and starter. Unique to this brew, we're leaving the cloves and cinnamon in with the culture for the primary fermentation process - we didn't notice any adverse effects to the SCOBY at all! 

     

    brewing Faultless SCOBY growing, even with a clove embedded!

     

    As with any brew, allow to ferment until a balance of sweetness and acidity is achieved. Let sit at room temperature for 2-3 weeks to allow carbonation to develop, if you want effervescence. Serve this on cold winter mornings with breakfast for a warming pick-me-up!

     

    We are not responsible for any inadvertent prescience or trance-like states imparted by the consumption of Melange.

     

  • Kombuchmaster's guide to Giving Tuesday

    Like a cool glass of kombucha after a big Thanksgiving meal, #GivingTuesday is a great way to cleanse the palette of consumerism after the big shop-off that happens every year on Black Friday - Cyber Monday weekend. As a kombucha brewer, you have special fermentation skills that can bring health and vitality to so many people in your community. Today, on this Giving Tuesday, put your skills to work for the people and spread the kombucha health.

     

    Kombuchmaster's Guide To Giving Tuesday

     

    Donate ‘buch Your favorite local charity, club, civic group, NGO, spiritual center, not-for-profit, school group, and many others, would love to have fresh and healthy ‘buch to serve to those in need as well as to help fuel their own work in their quest to do good. As a kombucha brewer, you know that making a straight up batch of ‘buch is as easy as brewing a cup of tea. So next time you brew up a batch, reach into that SCOBY HOTEL and put on a second or even a third batch to donate to a local organization.

     

    Throw a ‘buch party Give a man a fish, he’ll eat for a day. Teach him how to fish and he’ll live forever. Same goes with the ‘buch! As a kombrewer, the most valuable thing you have is knowledge. So spread it! Invite members of your community to your home to learn the skill of kombucha brewing or perhaps your local community center, school, library, or YMCA will host your event. And we want to help out! Get in touch with us for group discounts on KBBK brewing supplies to help your neighbors get started.

     

    Secret Santa some SCOBY Rancher's Snacks! Guerilla ‘buching has never been as fun as it is in the holidays. It’s a great time to use up some of those SCOBYs you’ve been stashing in your SCOBY hotel. Make up a big batch of SCOBY Rancher's Snacks, package them in small, sneakable packages, and leave them on your co-workers’ desk, drop them into the holiday stockings of friends that you visit, or drop them in a bowl and take them to your holiday potluck!

     

    From us here at KBBK, thank you for joining us in giving on #GivingTuesday and every day of the year! Continue reading

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