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On Kombucha

Maybe a little hyperbolic--it's not too douchey.

Maybe a little hyperbolic--it's not too douchey.

Here are the slides from my presentation at Interesting New York yesterday. (It’s a 1.4 MB PDF, right-click and save it.) However, if you’re here, you might be looking for more substantial information.

In my two years making kombucha, I’ve followed Gunther W. Frank’s method, outlined on his site here. I haven’t varied much from Mr. Frank’s procedures, other than scaling up the recipe to make about 2.5 gallons a throw.

First step if you want to make the stuff yourself is finding a culture. Check in with some of the people in your area on this list and odds are they’ll be glad to pass along a culture to you. I’m currently dry, but should have some more to spare in a month or so.

Google has a copy of Kombucha: The Miracle Fungus by Tietze, which also has loads of great background, for further reading.

Of course, don’t hesitate to get in touch. I’m no expert but have made all the first-timer mistakes and can surely offer counsel.

UPDATE: Here’s the video!

Nick Parish at Interesting New York from David Nottoli on Vimeo.