Three days ago I began my first batch of kombucha. I started with a gallon of sweetened black tea and had a starter SCOBY, which was just a chunk of a thick SCOBY in about a half cup of the liquid. The SCOBY slice sunk to the bottom of my jar and today I see it has extended what look like chunky tendrils that are reaching for the top of the jar. I also have some slight translucent white spots forming on the surface. This must be the early formation of my new SCOBY.
What I want to know is if the SCOBY slice at the bottom of the jar will eat up my sugar before the new SCOBY has a chance to form. Do I have to wait to try my kombucha until after the new SCOBY forms, or will the slice at the bottom turn my tea into kombucha by itself?
I cannot find anything online that touches on this exact subject.