Kombucha Wear

Kombucha Wear

I’ve taken kombucha mushrooms, a cellulose by-product of producing the kombucha beverage. Dried them. And then tried to use them as backup culture sources, without much success. I’ve also wondered if those dried cultures retained the medicinal characteristics of the liquid and could be used where brewing was inconvenient. Some medicinal values were retained. But, for me, drinking kombucha much more enjoyable than chewing the […]

Viruses, Not Always a Bad Thing?

Viruses, Not Always a Bad Thing?

My beekeeping has been greatly impacted by the virus soup that took out all my hives this last season. As a consequence, I’ve lately given viruses a bad rap, not discounting the virus versus virus stuff Randy Oliver writes about. But there’s another side to the virus story. As it unfolds, I feel like my brain is a block of wood. It’s just that far […]

Natural is THE Solution

Natural is THE Solution

In the 70’s, organic transformed my gardening. In the 90’s, natural transformed my beekeeping. Today our planet is overflowing with people whose consumption of energy, food, water and fiber have mangled almost every natural process. Every intelligent person knows were headed in the wrong direction. And some drastic change is needed now. But what kind of change? Out west, where coal and oil are king, […]

Probiotics – Not just a theory.

Probiotics – Not just a theory.

Here’s a neat TED talk about quorum sensing. It gives some insight into the basic processes and complex relationships all those good and bad bacteria form with the creatures they support as they fight it out for our life and health. Bonnie Bassler discovered that bacteria “talk” to each other, using a chemical language that lets them coordinate defense and mount attacks. The find has […]

My Kombucha Experience

My Kombucha Experience

The Idea Kombucha, probiotics for everyone. The Details Myself A few years back, I decided to brew some mead. I find the fermenting process fascinating, but don’t enjoy alcohol much. While discussing mead making with Ben Brewcat, the mead forum moderator at Beesource, the subject of kombucha came up. I’d never heard of it. But it was a fast, tasty, low alcohol ferment. So, I […]

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