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Rating? Remake?Date at startFerment Number2nd Ferment?Sugar or Juice combomolasses or other dried fruit and/or additives
Length of Time (hrs)TemperatureTasting commentsOther comments
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12/8/20121noturbadinodark molassesapricots7262-68definitely got yeasty/fermenty. strong apricot tones. I loved it.
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12/10/20121yes50/50 soln apple juice7262-68this started fermenting rapidly. I kept removing the lid so that it wouldn't explode. eventually the bubbling died down. I think I let too much gas out and now it's somewhat flat. It was quite sugary at 48 hours still.
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12/10/20122nosucanatdark molassesfig, cranberries6062-68sickly sweet at start, still sweet at 24 hrs, not so sweet at 48hrs, but still strong molasses undertonestill worried about the CO2 captured. Started fermenting at about 24 hours. Kept lifting the lid. At about 60 hours I put in the fridge.
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12/12/20123noraw cane sugarnone2 apricots, 0.5oz+ ginger62-68started ferment at 24 hrs. more active than the dairy.
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12/14/20123yesplain first ferment kefir2962-68very gingery, but also yeast and dry.just the slightest effervescense.
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*12/14/20123yes50/50 pomegranate2962-68Not too sweet. Kenai loved it. Similar to a Federwein. Definitely fermented.champagne cork type pop when we opened it - very effervescent.
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12/14/20123yes50/50 apple/kefir2962-68
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*12/14/20123yes1/3 apple+2/3kefir2462-68this one ferment in a mason jarmildly effervescent; very gingery, but sweet from apple juice
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12/15/20124no1/3 c. raw sugar1 tsp dark molasseshandful cranberries, 1 apricot, 2 slices ginger3662-68following Dom's recipe using eggshell, baking soda, lemon juice.
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12/17/20124yes1 Tbsp maple syrup20mild maple but distinct. sweet. mild bubbles.
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12/17/20124yes2 Tbsp honey1/2 cinammon stick, 1 clove, pinch nutmeg20definitely spiced. this was quite sweet - i guess from the short ferment time
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*12/17/20124yes2 Tbsp black raspberry jam20had to add ~1/2 c. H2O to bring up to top !The jam coagluated at the surface but mixed back in. mild bubbles. sweeter.
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12/17/20125no1/2 c. cane sugar (Roots)3 Tbsp dried blueberries48used no fig/apricot/etc
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12/17/20126no1/2 c. cane sugar 2 Tbsp dried blueberries, 2 slices ginger48used no fig/apricot/etc
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**12/18/20125yes3 Tbsp turbinado sugar2 Tbsp lemon25this was great. strong lemon flavor. still sweet.
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12/18/20125yes50/50 Pomegranate25this one came out not too sweet and with good bubbles, even though 50/50 solution! the pom undertone is a bit odd. kenai didn't like.
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12/18/20125yes50/50 cherry juice25this had a cooked egg smell to it.
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**12/18/20125yes50/50 orange juice25orange mimosa taste and feel
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12/18/20126yes2Tbsp peach jam25this was great. Not very carbonated at all, but sweet jam flavor.
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12/18/20126yes25/75 apple juice25again, great
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12/18/20126yes2Tbsp cane sugar2 Tbsp lemon25way to sweet for me
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12/18/20127no1/2 c cane sugarhandful dried plums36I think this is where I reset the kefir. There was far too many grains in the jar so I stopped it.
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12/20/20127yes6 Tbsp white sugar1.5Tbsp vanilla36put this in a 2qt milk jar. only about 4 cup. kefir to mix. After the fridge, this still is very sweet. It doesn't seem to have processed well at all. Not sure if that is the plastic bottle, the length of time, sugars, or what... left it out to try for more fermentation.
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12/20/20128no1/2 c cane sugarfig, raisins48?
this seemed slower to ferment
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12/22/20128yes50% orange juice
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***12/22/20128yes25% applequarter size fresh ginger24?opened 12/29/12. This is nearly perfect flavor. It did have a funnel carbonation spill - on the porch! but the sweetness and bubble is perfect.
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12/22/20128yesno sugar addedquarter size fresh ginger
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12/22/20129nothis fermented really well during the first ferment- you could see a
dramatic difference from the last batch. also moved to side of counter,
less direct light?
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12/24/20129yes25% peach juice with pulp36I set these out longer.opened on 1/3/13. this gave a CO2 funnel and went all over.
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12/24/20129yes1/2tsp sugar1/2tsp vanilla 36this was ok.
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***12/24/20129yes1tsp sugar2Tbsp lemon36this has a strong lemon flavor, but still too sweet for me. Just like lemonade and not carbonated enough for my tastes. I let this sit out another 36 hours after being half empty. That was great. When I opened it the 2nd time, the sugar flavor was mostly gone, but the lemon still there and a good amount of carbonation. Love it.
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12/26/201210no1/2 c. white sugareggshellcranberries rinsed w/ hot water to try and remove oil48+This really wasn't fermenting at all at 48 hours. I decided to give it a second push, before changing out the water completely. Removed the cranberries, added apricots and raisins and a little lemon juice. wonder whether the cranberries are an issue because they have oil on them.
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12/29/201211no1/2 c. white sugarapricots, raisins48 hours
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1/1/201311yesgrape juice 25%vanilla stick24 hoursbubbly, not too much, still sweet
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1/1/201311yesgrape juice 25%24bubbly, not too much, still sweet
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1/1/201311yes1/2tsp sugarcinammon, clove24still a bit sweet, light bubbling
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1/1/201312no1/2 c white sugarapricots, raisins, ginger
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****1/3/201312yespineapple 25%opened on 1/5/13. this was perfect. not too sweet, nice and bubbly.
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1/3/201312yes1tsp sugarginger
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1/3/201312yesorange 25%
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