I like it, but it sure can look a little creepy.
erockrph, what vessel are you fermenting in? I have been using an old big pickle jar and some big Ball jars...seems like I always spill some when transferring to bottles. I have been trying to transfer without getting a bunch of sludge in the bottles and have yet to settle on a good system.
RE: carbonation, I have found that what you add for flavor at bottling can have an effect - last batch I tried both some with grape juice and some with elderberry concentrate. The grape carbed fast and became quite fizzy, while the elderberry is still fairly flat. Sugar content I suppose.
Looking forward to your thoughts, as I know you are a sucker for experimenting.
Right now I just have one 2-quart Ball jar for my main fermentation vessel. I have been leaving the lid loosely screwed on so that it can let out gas during fermentation. If this ends up working out for me, I'll probably add a second vessel if this SCOBY has a baby.
For bottling, I poured out most of the kombucha carefully through a fine mesh strainer (to catch any gunk or in case the SCOBY slipped out) into a sanitized pitcher, and left the mother and maybe a cup of liquid behind. I added the juice at that point, then poured into bottles through a funnel. Then I brewed more tea and topped off the SCOBY jar.
What's everyone using for tea? I'm using green tea, since I prefer the flavor. It seems like most people use black tea, though. I'm wondering if there's any differences other than just flavor.