bumping old thread...
Glad to see positive feedback on happyherbalist. I was considering ordering a SCOBY from them.
I have made 3 attempts at growing a SCOBY from GT Dave's following instructions from various sources - to the letter. I've used just the "plain" GT Dave's and the ginger flavor - nada. No SCOBY, just some very sour smelling cloudy liquid.
(I mean really... I brew beer, make cider, etc. I get following instructions, keeping things clean, etc. The SCOBY just did not grow)
I suspect that a combination of cool ambient temperatures and not enough live culture in the GTD product that's impairing my success. Really want to make my own 'booch because my GT Dave's habit is worse than my craft brew habit