Friday, November 15

Pop goes the Kombucha!

5 days later. 

I had just gotten done cleaning the kitchen. Next move was to put the already bottled and fizzy Kombucha in the fridge so that we could drink it later that night. While I was moving the bottles, I noticed that one must not have been sealed correctly or something because it started to make this hissing noise. This obviously meant that this particular bottle was ready. Right? 

It got everywhere and here are the *photos to prove it. 
Splattered on the cabinets, above the
cabinets ceiling across the room. 
It got on the walls and on every single
 container/utensil on my shelves.

Exploded on the ceiling. 

And on my white sheers in the dining area.
Immediately I thought this was hilarious, of course that was before I got a good look around. Even after to seeing all of the carnage that used to be my kitchen and dining room, I was delirious with laughter. I mean who does this sort of thing happen too? Just me. It was still pretty funny as I discovered new places that remnants of fruit and juice got too. It was only after an hour and half of cleaning did I start think: How could I have avoided this? So if you do not want to do a 2-3 hour deep clean of your kitchen please read the tips below. I wish I had. 

Tip 1: After initial bottling, put bottles on the floor or in a box in case of too much carbonation. If one explodes, at least it is not at eye level and if in a box the mess can be contained. 
Tip 2: Never open a bottle of Kombucha when it is "hissing" at you. 
Tip 3: Refrigerate all bottles before opening. This accomplishes two things. Stops the fermenting and gets the beverage cold for drinking.
Tip 4: Always have a glass ready for pouring. 
Tip 5: Open the bottle like you would champagne- as in have a towel covering the cork while **opening. 
Tip 6: Haven't you ever gotten a tart blueberry and a sweet one in the same container? Remember when you are flavoring with different fruits or fruit juices; ***Not all fruit/fruit juices are equal in sugar content. 

What is the biggest mess you have made in your kitchen? How long did it take you to clean it up?

Don't want to deal with any of this and would like to just buy your stinky tea. This is my favorite store brand. You have be 21 and older to purchase as it may contain some alcohol. 

*These pictures also do not do the kombucha justice, it really got EVERYWHERE but I was flustered and took terrible pictures.
** If you are like Mr. FFF, you can make your wife go outside with a towel and open the bottle on the grass in the back yard. Overkill? I thought so too. 
***This is the reason why homemade flavored kombucha has so mane variables. The good news is you will learn the correct amount if you are using the same flavorings each time.  

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