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This book is a good purchase if you simply want to learn how to brew kombucha.
Be warned though: it is riddled with medical, pseudoscientific mumbo-jumbo, the like of which charlatans use to sell snake oil to admirers of Gwyneth Paltrow. There are many mentions of scientific nonsense that ring alarm bells such as: "acidic ash"; "powerful detoxifying properties"; "natural remedy"; "healing crisis"; "take baths; they aid in detoxification"; "stay away from chemical cleaners and artificial scents"; "adaptogenic tonic"; "balancing the immune system". I could go on; there are many more.
If you have a scientific education, or even a reasonable high school education, this book will annoy the hell out you - as it did me.
Here are some direct quotes:
"Freshly trimmed pieces of healthy SCOBY make excellent bandages for cuts or burns",
"At this stage you have the option to say a prayer, send good vibes, or otherwise commune with your new brew. It is a culture of living organisms and responds to energy - positive and negative.",
"Municipal tap-water supplies are controlled by local government agencies. Tap water nearly always contains chlorine and other additives that make it 'safe' to consume."
In summary: this book is terrible at the science of Kombucha; it is reasonable if you simply want to have a go at making it.
Everything you wanted to know about Kombucha plus everything you didn't know you wanted is contained in this book.
I've been brewing Kombucha for some years on and off and a few months ago started on the continuous brew method which is so much easier than batch brewing. I couldn't wait for Hannah Crum to publish this book in March 2016 because her [...] was a very helpful resource. And the book is remarkable - full of information, encouragement and inspiration. Having previously brewed only the original flavour, I'm now working my way through Hannah's numerous really simple recipes and even creating my own flavours too.
I recently decided not to buy recipe books in Kindle format as they tend to be hard to navigate and the illustrations are often disappointing. So I'm delighted that this paperback 'tome' is very attractively illustrated and laid out.
Overall, excellent book . So much useful info. Much detail. Very well referenced (even goes into detail about scientific studies on kombucha, health benefits etc. instead of just using vague phrases like ''helps detox'' without citations). Large index in the back is very helpful too.
Clearly written by somebody who loves kombucha as much as I do and has really done their homework. The only way this book could be even better is if it had a ''beginners...quick start'' section. Beginners info seems a bit mixed up with everything else. I would prefer a section that has the basic recipe, troubleshooting, list of equipment, pros and cons of each type etc. all in one clear section. That's the only reason I gave it 4 instead of 5 stars,
Other than that, can't fault it. This book is clearly a labour of love and I expect it to be something I use and enjoy reading (e.g history of kombucha pages) for many years. Overall well worth it + will look out for other books by this author.
Really useful book, I know some have said it's too informative (is there ever such a thing), I like drilling down on the deets and understanding why things are happening. Anyhoo it's a great book and worth every penny, with website backup for support. I use it all the time and upgraded to a 5 ltr brewing vessel to make more booch. On a health note both myself and hubby have felt so much better since drinking booch every day, a few health issues like candida have cleared up and we've stopped craving sweet stuff.
If you are thinking about brewing kombucha, buy this book first. After 2 failed attempts with kombucha i bought this book and followed the instructions in it. My tip though is make your scoby hotel first, so you have plenty of spares!!!! Lots of ideas about what to do with the booth afterwards, flavourings, recipes etc
For a total beginner, this book is really in-depth and has an incredible amount of information that is rather overwhelming. I would have liked the actual “how to” instructions to be easier to find. They are scattered throughout the book, in different, not easy to locate places. I appreciate all the scientific research and medical, historical and folkloric information, but really just wanted to know how to make good kombucha.
OMG, if you want to know just about everything there is to know about Kombucha, this is the book to get. It is a really easy read, well laid out and presented in a way that you can open at any section and always learn something really fascinating about kombucha.
What a fantastic book. I have only just be introduced to the SCOBY after a friend of mine gifted one to me. This book tells you everything you need to learn about brewing and fermentation. I absolutely love it. Lots of great recipes as well as additional uses for your SCOBY. definitely recommend this book to anyone looking to add fermented products to their diet and lifestyle.
This is a lovely book! It’s like having 2 very enthusiastic and knowledgeable friends to guide you through the whole process... All the information you could possibly ever need. My only gripe is that the quantities used are all Imperial. Metric equivalents would have been useful! Not enough of a problem to remove a star though....
Really, good and informative book tells you everything you need to know about Kambucha. However sometimes difficult to find the information you need. Definitely not an idiots guide and I found I had to use a notebook to keep all the different information I needed together. Everything is there you just have to find it!