The tea that started it all. LIPTONŽ Orange Pekoe and Pekoe cut black tea is the perfect blend for the perfect cup of tea. Our original tea has been brewed for years for a reason - it tastes delicious.
1 week later and I have a slight film over the surface of the tea. It is a little colder than it should be but I think it's close enough... I'll give it another week and see how it's doing.
That's a second mother forming. If you already have one forming it's a good indicator that your kombucha's ready. You should sample some of it using a sterilized spoon or glass. If it tastes right, bottle it.
Wouldn't I want the second mother to form? This is my first time. I thought a 1/8" to 1/4" new mother would be created during the process.
Yes, but you don't need to wait for it to finish forming before you bottle the kombucha. I go about 2 or 3 batches before a new mother completely develops. Base your decision to bottle on how the kombucha tastes as opposed to scoby development.