Very complete with directions. Beautiful bottle, great mesh top and live scobie
So far it seems to be a good product. We just started a batch of kombucha so it's a little early to tell if the SCOBY is ok or not. For the price they should have included a little black tea to get you started though. When I see "kit" I think all inclusive and this isn't quite there.
I am pleased with this purchase. I had made kombucha before, but bottling was always a messy process. In my previous set up, my last three batches went bad and no amount of sterilizing seemed to work. It is a bit overpriced (hence the loss of a star). However, I am glad that I have it!
Using for home-brew but have not yet mastered the art
I'd been brewing kombucha in a large jar, but I wanted a continuous brewing system. The downside was that most continuous brewers are ceramic, so I couldn't easily see how my scoby was doing, plus the jars weren't stylish. When I saw this jar, I ddid not hesitate to order it. I am absolutely thrilled with it! The manufacturer's packaging is so attractive and protective that it alone made me smile. Unpacked, I found a quality glass jar that I know will last me for years. The glass is thick and sturdy, it's stylish and easy to use. The brew kit contained a small scoby which quickly developed into a strong producer of quality kombucha. I've been brewing kombucha for years, but the instruction booklet is well-written and easy for beginners to follow. I cannot recommend this product any more highly.
The kit is fun and gives everything we needed to get started. The instruction book with ideas is a great intro to kombucha brewing. Unfortunately we haven't had luck with the scoby. Like some other reviews I saw, our scoby also sank to the bottom and didn't seem to be eating the sugar. After a week the tea is still very sweet.
I used to make kombucha in a gallon jar with muslin rubberbanded to the open jar top. When done brewing, I would strain, refrigerate and start a new batch. This wasn't that hard but this jar makes it so mcuh easier. I don't strain anymore. Just use the spout for a drink each day. Then add more tea to the batch when it gets low. I like drinking it at room temp with the fizziness intact rather than refrigerating a whole batch. This has made kombucha brewing very easy. Occasionally, when adding tea, I remove all of the liquid and the scoby and wash the container. The enclosed recipe book looks interesting. I plan to try some of those ideas. I bought the first one for myself and liked it so much that I bought the second one for a friend who also enjoys brewing kombucha.
Bought this a gift for my other half he used to make it all the time but the glass jars were just annoying to work with and didn't look great sitting in the kitchen. We have this one on a pedestal we had for an old sangria jar and looks great. We just made it this weekend so will have to check in once it is done.
Fort Collins CO
I tried it last week and the scoby sank to the bottom and a film formed at the top of the starter tea. I waited for several days, but the scoby stayed down. Will try again with new SCOBY when I can get one!