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Old 02-15-2012, 07:52 PM   #1
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Default Growing Scoby from new GTs?

Anyone tried this? I heard they had to change their formula, so I'm curious whether or not the "new" recipe is good for making a Scoby.

I can't get the "adult" (original) version in my area, unfortunately.

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Old 02-16-2012, 04:00 AM   #2
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Im in the process of doing this right now, From what i see so far(its only been 5 days) i have a thin film/scoby starting to form on top. I have done a lot of reading and watched many you tube videos on growing your own scoby, and they all say it takes about 30 days to grow your first scoby. So ill post again in 25 days and let you know how i came out, but as i said so far its looking decent.

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Old 02-16-2012, 09:08 AM   #3
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Thanks for the reply. I'll be starting one this weekend and was just concerned and thought about mail ordering a Scoby.

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Thanks for the reply. I'll be starting one this weekend and was just concerned and thought about mail ordering a Scoby.
Mail Order works too if you dont want to go through the wait of growing your own, i am just tryin to save some money, 4 dollars on a bottle of GT's is still cheaper than a scoby lol
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I used a bottle of the new GTs to grow a SCOBY. I didn't wait long enough (2 weeks) so it is very small.

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I'll give it a go with the "enlightened." I put an email into GT's to find out if I can score some "classic" anywhere.

Side rant: I just really don't want to search other sites anymore. I'm not a microbiologist, but I can tell most of the Kombucha authors don't know jack about what they are pretending to preach. The information seems to build up the the bottom line, "buy my set up kit!" If HBT turns out to be a fraction as good as it is at homebrew, I found my only resource.

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I have successfully cultured a scoby from new GT's. Took about 3 weeks (1 gallon batch). I have another one almost done too.

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That's encouraging Spenghali. I started mine on Friday in a mason jar. I used two bottles of GT's dregs and overall about half a bottle of the liquid with some fresh sweetened tea.

GT's did respond to my email and they only have the "classic" in a couple of states. I find it comical and sad they have to use a liquor distributor to get out the product, but such is life.

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That's encouraging Spenghali. I started mine on Friday in a mason jar. I used two bottles of GT's dregs and overall about half a bottle of the liquid with some fresh sweetened tea.

GT's did respond to my email and they only have the "classic" in a couple of states. I find it comical and sad they have to use a liquor distributor to get out the product, but such is life.
The Synergy trilogy from GT's works to grow a Scoby(the new formula) i just transferred my thin Scoby last night into some new tea/sugar mix, i am slowly stepping it up just like you would for a cultured yeast from a beer bottle. After 10 days i had a small thin Scoby,But the liquid had cleared and there was no sugar left(quart jar) so fresh tea/sugar and this morning i have foam on top. So i know it works! It however may take three or four step ups to get a nice thick Scoby.


OH on a side note, i did 3 different types of sugar source, Honey,Molasses and white sugar, and in ten days the Molasses has grown the thickest Scoby thus far.
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I used a whole bottle of GT's, not just the dregs. I read somewhere that use of a whole bottle will create a better environment for the scoby, since it will get the pH closer to where it needs to be.

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