Happy HolidaySs Giveaway - Last Sponsor Giveaway of the Year!

Come Enter the BrewDeals/FastFerment Giveaway!


Home Brew Forums > Wine, Mead, Cider, Sake & Soda > Kombucha & Fermented Tea Forum > Might have used wrong tea; is my kombucha safe to drink?
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 01-31-2014, 12:24 AM   #1
christisue
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Posts: 4
Likes Given: 2

Default Might have used wrong tea; is my kombucha safe to drink?

So, this was my first attempt at homemade kombucha, and I'm afraid I effed it all up.

I know not to use flavored teas, but I accidentally used a flavored green tea (kombucha flavored, ironically enough). I didn't even realize I'd used the wrong one until I went to bottle this batch; I went to grab more tea bags for the next one and realized which box I'd used last time. Here are the ingredients in the tea:

-green tea leaf (duh)
-lemongrass
-spearmint leaf
-kombucha
-natural passion fruit flavor
-and natural plum flavor

Never would have guessed those last two ingredients. ANYWAY, I'm worried I need to toss this batch and just start over. I know flavored teas can cause mold, so I'll include links to pictures of the SCOBY since I have no experience with what it looks like and ya'll can weigh in. It does appear textured, but I compared it to other pictures online with mold and it doesn't really look like those. I really don't want to throw it out, but I guess it would be better than the alternative.

The tea I used:
http://i1313.photobucket.com/albums/...psf4a0b184.jpg

Pictures of the SCOBY:
http://i1313.photobucket.com/albums/...psde4f686f.jpg
http://i1313.photobucket.com/albums/...pse682f8be.jpg
http://i1313.photobucket.com/albums/...ps01329dc9.jpg

Thanks for any and all help!!!

__________________
christisue is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-31-2014, 12:35 AM   #2
christisue
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Posts: 4
Likes Given: 2

Default My SCOBY looked identical to...

Here's a picture I found on another blog about kombucha, and my SCOBY looked identical to it. I was worried about the texture and mottled white cloudiness, but this blog said this is a completely healthy culture:

http://www.kombuchakamp.com/wp/wp-co...1/100_3230.jpg

There was no fuzziness at all on mine. Hoping this means I'm in the clear!

__________________
christisue is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-31-2014, 12:41 AM   #3
kyt
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
kyt's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: Louisville, Kentucky
Posts: 441
Liked 42 Times on 40 Posts
Likes Given: 57

Default

Your SCOBY looks fine.
If you're worried about the finished KT, taste it and smell it.
If it looks fine, smells fine, and tastes fine, then it is fine.
If there's anything wrong with it your nose will tell you before it makes it to your mouth.
Really it boils down to what those flavorings are made of.
Take a wiff and a taste, let us know how you feel about it.

posted via Home Brew mobile app

__________________
  • Philosopher's Stone - on-tap
  • Oatmeal Raisin Cookie - on-tap
kyt is offline
christisue Likes This 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-31-2014, 12:42 AM   #4
christisue
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Posts: 4
Likes Given: 2

Default

I actually had tasted it just a bit before I realized which tea bags I used. Tastes great! I'm so excited for it to get a little carbonation, cause I think I'll like it even better than the commercial stuff.

All that to say… tasted/smelled fine to me. Thanks for weighing in!

__________________
christisue is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-31-2014, 01:09 AM   #5
kyt
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
kyt's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: Louisville, Kentucky
Posts: 441
Liked 42 Times on 40 Posts
Likes Given: 57

Default

Good to hear.
Are you going to roll the dice on those tea bags again?

__________________
  • Philosopher's Stone - on-tap
  • Oatmeal Raisin Cookie - on-tap
kyt is offline
christisue Likes This 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-31-2014, 01:13 AM   #6
christisue
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Posts: 4
Likes Given: 2

Default

Welllll that's the other thing. I had already steeped two more quarts with the flavored green tea before I REALLY started worrying about it and posted on here. I just went out and picked up regular organic green tea bags, so do you think I could pull the SCOBYs out and put them in a new batch?

__________________
christisue is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-31-2014, 01:53 AM   #7
kyt
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
kyt's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: Louisville, Kentucky
Posts: 441
Liked 42 Times on 40 Posts
Likes Given: 57

Default

You could but they would impart flavorings from that first batch to any subsequent batches. The flavor will fade eventually.
This is why I always recommend to only make plain KT in primary. You could have put REAL passion fruit or plums in secondary!

posted via Home Brew mobile app

__________________
  • Philosopher's Stone - on-tap
  • Oatmeal Raisin Cookie - on-tap
kyt is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply



Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Is Two Month Old Kombucha Safe to Drink? babyscoby Kombucha & Fermented Tea Forum 1 11-27-2013 04:11 PM
Kombucha mold, what was wrong? sweetblossom Kombucha & Fermented Tea Forum 1 10-08-2013 04:37 AM
Is my kombucha ok to drink? quamquam91 Kombucha & Fermented Tea Forum 3 05-30-2013 05:51 PM
Kombucha - Safe to brew? iamperplexed Kombucha & Fermented Tea Forum 7 01-14-2013 05:34 AM
monster old kombucha -- still safe to drink drinkingcoffee Kombucha & Fermented Tea Forum 6 10-27-2012 07:41 PM



Newest Threads

LATEST SPONSOR DEALS