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Old 03-27-2011, 09:43 PM   #1
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Recently I have become interested in brewing my own Kombucha, starting with my own culture grown from a commercial brand. I have been finding it difficult to locate unpasteurized bottled Kombucha in my city (I don't even know if its sold in Canada at all to be honest) so I am starting to look online to buy my 'mother' culture.

I found a couple locals here in Calgary selling mothers for a few dollars but to be honest the idea of buying what is basically a living mold culture from some strangers home seems a risky proposition. I could be completely off-base and it could be quite safe...

Anyway, I am kind of stuck until I can get my hands on one of these cultures. My options seem to be order an unpasteurized brand from online (if I can), order a culture from a reputable store or buy it from the people selling it in the city.

Any advice on getting my starter culture would be appreciated!

 
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Old 03-29-2011, 01:15 PM   #2
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Answered my own question:

I went to the local Community Natural Foods and found that they do sell unpasteurized Kombucha. I whipped up my own 'SCOBY starter' batch last night which will hopefully grow into a disgusting mushroom by the end of the week.

 
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Old 04-13-2011, 01:50 AM   #3
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I've grown my own scobys and also purchased them. Purchasing is much quicker if you're looking to get a good supply going.

I've gotten two scobys from here and they are good quality.

http://www.happyherbalist.com

 
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Old 04-13-2011, 03:29 PM   #4
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I started one more batch to get the mother, but if this fails I may just break down and buy one of these starter kits. Thanks for the reference!

 
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Old 04-13-2011, 04:55 PM   #5
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It's cool to grow your own, all scobys are slightly different based on their history.

The one I got from that site is very strong. It was around $20 I think.

Hope it goes well!

 
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