Another scoby quickly grew on top, must be a good sign. I can still taste the sugar , does this mean the beneficial properties arn't there yet? It does reek like vinegar and stings the throat.
Interesting because another batch I decanted yesterday has no sugar taste and less of a bite, was ready in 7 days. Started that one with a larger scoby in a 2 gal jar, whereas the sugary one was started with starter fluid only in a much smaller jar.
Might've answered one of my questions right there. So many variables at play with this stuff, I like it!