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Old 01-13-2012, 03:33 PM   #1
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Default Holes in scoby, no mold apparent

I have had a couple problems recently with my scoby. After brewing for a week or so, there are holes forming in the scoby. Rather than getting stronger and thicker like normal, it's almost like the scoby is being dissolved. Have any of you ever encountered this?

It doesn't look or smell like mold.


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Old 01-14-2012, 08:38 AM   #2
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pics or it didnt happen


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Old 01-16-2012, 02:37 AM   #3
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Ugh! I threw the icky ones out, since I had several containers going. If it occurs again, I'll take copious pics and post them.

It's just weird, because the SCOBYs are usually so rubbery and tough.
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Old 01-16-2012, 03:33 PM   #4
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It could be carbonation/carbon dioxide bubbles coming through? Mine look bubbely, but they keep getting thicker slowly. I would give it more time and see what it turns to.
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Old 01-18-2012, 02:56 PM   #5
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These aren't bubbles, the scoby itself disintigrated. If any of my new batches do it, I'll get detailed images.
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Old 02-07-2012, 06:29 PM   #6
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Default Images of problem with SCOBY

So the problem continues. I was using Earl Grey tea previously, but this batch was normal black tea. The SCOBYs that form are thin and break up easily. Some of the existing ones are getting weaker and getting holes.

I have pictures of the appearance. The SCOBYs just don't seem to be forming on the surface like normal.

The surface in the bigger jar shows how it's not forming well. This is after at least two weeks, more like three, so it's not a matter of patience.
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Old 02-17-2012, 04:42 AM   #7
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I added some braggs Apple cider vinegar to my last batch and my scobys grew quickly. Maybe your brew is off balance.


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