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    Kombucha dangers - afraid to brew my own!

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    There are stories online about deaths, liver failure and heart trouble, etc from kombucha. It's the improper home-brewing to blame, I suspect. Aside from starting with a good scoby and following sterile procedure, and checking the pH, are there any other steps to take to make sure I don't brew some aspergillus or anthrax? Is it obvious if I do get contaminants?
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    Worry not. Brewing booch is perfectly safe, even in less than perfect conditions. It's practically foolproof. (I should know!)

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    Cool. Thanks for the assurance. I just wonder what those few unlucky victims did wrong.
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    People die in car crashes, it's in the paper/on the net/on the TV all the time. Do you use a car?

    Seriously, people have been making these types of things for generations... just do it.
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    Ha-ha. Yeah, that's what the Vic Timmons (old mentor I had) in my head is yelling.
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    I've made tons of kombucha. It's very forgiving. I kept things clean, but not sterile, and never checked pH, and haven't killed anyone. Seriously, I don't think it is any different from anything else fermented - sauerkraut, yogurt, etc. Go for it!

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    One - make sure you know what "good" kombucha smells and tastes like. This probably requires buying a bottle at the store.

    Two - trust your instincts. If it smells bad, ditch it.

    My first batch was great. And cheap. Still waiting to make my second. Unfortunately, the caffeine didn't do me any favors. So even though I love my booch (nice nickname, Diane), I need to try and make it with something that won't give me a caffeine spike. I'm going to try with rooibos. Wish me luck!

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    I'm in the final stages of growing my own scoby. It's getting thick and looks very healthy. I agree with others, kombucha is very forgiving. There are dangers with just about doing anything yourself. Be sure to familiarize yourself with what mold on a scoby looks like. Good luck!
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    Yep, it's a scoby. Was just a piece of white fluff, now it covers most of the surface.
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    Interesting stuff I'm reading, thanks. I'll have to try some more Kombucha to see if I should pick up a scoby, myself.
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