No conspiracy here...
I just want to know if anyone here brews their own kombucha and I need some advice
Container size/right type to brew it in?
Gallon glass jar (old pickle jar works well). I would not reccommend buying anything fancy for your kombucha - before you know it you're going to have more jars of kombucha and scobies than you know what to do with. So, use recycled glass jars - big ones. Find a source for acquiring more. Old school, indy convenience stores that have big jars of pickles for sale individually will give you the pickle jars for free when they're done with them if you ask. Or, ask on freecycle or craigslist. Do NOT use plastic anything.
Best tea to use?
Regular old black tea (might want to try to find a source not from Japan...), chai tea makes for a nice change, didn't like green tea as much
Organic cane juice or regular sugar?
Regular old sugar (gets digested anyway and is not really present in large amounts in the final product, so don't waster your money on fancy cane juice.) I tried turbinado sugar, but honestly, they like regular old white sugar best.
Yes. Keep everything meticulously clean. Clean everything with boiling hot water and a splash of bleach before starting a batch. And, of course, be sure to rinse the bleach off well.
Get your scoby from a good source and do your best to ensure that it is healthy from the start. If it looks like it's going bad or looking not quite right, live by the rule, "when in doubt, throw it out". (This should not be a problem if you adhere to best practices and do not neglect your scoby).
Do not use metal utensils. I didn't even brew my tea in a metal pot - I used my coffee maker to make a big batch of tea and let it come to room temp before adding the sugar and scoby.
The small of the brew will attract fruit flies. Keep your jar covered, but not with a lid (or your jar will explode as the batch ferments). . The best thing I found for covering the top of my jars and keeping the nasties out was a paper coffee filter secured over the top with a rubber band. Cheap, easy to change out if it gets dirty.
I'm thinking of ordering this jar to brew in:
I don't like the fact that that jar mouth is so much more narrow than the middle of the jar. Might be hard to get your scoby out as it grows. If you want to get a fancy brewing jar, invest in one with a wide mouth. But really, one gallon jars are sufficient, unless you're planning on making kombucha for the whole neighborhood. :) (Which, you'll wind up doing anyway one your scobies start multiplying...)
Don't be intimidated - it's pretty easy and fun.