Q: Can I do my second ferment in one big jug then transfer to smaller bottles? I like straining out the fruit Before Bottling

A: If your goal of the second fermentation is to increase the carbonation then it needs to be in air tight bottles. However, if your only goal of the second fermentation is to add various fruit flavors, then you can definitely just combine it all in one big jug, add your fruit flavors, let it sit a few days then strain into bottles and refrigerate.

If you'd like to build carbonation once your flavored booch is in bottles, simply let them sit a room temperature for a few days. Even with the fruit removed, there will be enough residual sucrose in the kombucha that letting the bottles sit at room temperature for a day or two will add carbonation.