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Old 04-07-2013, 03:24 PM   #1
Apr 2013
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This is the first time I am brewing Kombucha, and want your input on whether the SCOBY is good or if that is mold.

One picture is with flash and one without. The scoby is about 4-5 days old.

Thanks a lot.

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Old 04-08-2013, 04:21 AM   #2
Feb 2011
suburb of Louisville, KY
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Cannot tell from the photo. Mold is fuzzy or powdery. What I see as strange is your scoby appears to be clear, at least to me, but it is quite young. What is your brewing medium? It almost looks like there are solids below the scoby, do you have tea leaves intact or is it all liquid?
What type of container are you using, it appears to be metal?

Don't be afraid to remove the scoby to inspect if you need to; you can simply return it to the container. Position in the container means nothing. It may just be a huge patch of tannin/yeast cells and will be slimy and peels away (usually).
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Old 04-11-2013, 08:36 PM   #3
Aug 2009
Katy, TX
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My only experience is growing 2 scobies from scratch so take it this how you want. It is hard to tell from the picture. Is the smell ok? If it was mine and the picture is a good representation of the scoby I would toss it. I through out when in doubt..


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