Basically ‘booch, or more commonly called kombucha, has become a a big hobby of mine. My current struggle is getting the second ferment more effervescent. I’ve been researching and am pretty sure it’s a sign that 1. I’m either letting the first ferment go to long or 2. my cultures aren’t super healthy. What doesn’t help is that our weather has turned bitter cold, and kombucha LOVES warmth. So, I’ve been working on ways to provide the extra heat in an otherwise chilly house: setting it next to the crockpot during the day, placing the second ferment bottles in the bathroom with the door shut to catch the heat, and pulling my second ferment from the top leaving the bottom with all the wispy yeasty strings in order to garner a stronger first ferment.
If you have any tips, I’d love to hear! How did you know when the right time to pull from the first ferment was? Did you find different kinds of fruits produced more CO2 buildup? How did you figure out if your SCOBY was healthy?
Cheers to Fermentation!
All those who follow the paleo lifestyle will admit to the fact that finding restaurant options that serve paleo inspired dishes is quite hard, if not impossible. Lots of “no ____” or “Can you substitute _____ for _____’s” is the name of the game when choosing options off of a regular menu.
I’m hoping to find eateries in the Pacific Northwest that have options on their menu specifically inspired for those who eat paleo. Below are a list of restaurants I will be researching and sharing about on future blog posts (other than dicks kitchen, which I have already eaten at twice and previously blogged about).
Caveman Convenience in Spokane, WA
Dicks Kitchen in Portland, OR
Eat Outside the Box – Seattle, WA
Lola in Seattle, WA
Great Harvest Bread Company in Kennewick, WA
I am so excited to explore these restaurant options, and hopefully in the near future have the privilege to eat at their storefronts. Not only would I like to try these places, but I know there are online start-ups of paleo making foodies that I want to find. Please pass along any names of businesses you think I should explore and I’ll do my best to report back my findings!