Originally Posted by Amaranthim
I just joined and requested a culture. Crossing fingers!!
I had seen on ebay too but that was my concern- how do I know it isn't just a kombucha in Jun clothing since I would never have seen one? I think I have better chance of the straight scoop on FB then on ebay but who knows.
Physically the two scoby look alike. If you make kombucha you will notice the difference with Jun. If you have not made kombucha using green tea and honey you need to do so, for proper comparison. Pay attention to what is happening in the fermenter. Fabulous carbonation with Jun, even in aerobic environment, that does not occur with kombucha.
With Jun, it is a fast ferment, talking harvesting on Day 4 when fermenting in low/mid 70s...kombucha would take 2.5-3 weeks. Go to files section on K Nation, read the articles on Jun.
Ask your Jun source if their culture is a kombucha scoby turned Jun, avoid.
The sharing members on that group see the Jun discussions. Other sources for real Jun cultures-- James McLaughlin or Rocky Sasser or Chris Cook--mbrs of Kombucha Nation. I have Jun but my request list is quite backlogged.
--I do recommend, if you want to propogate Jun cultures, have a separate grow vessel. The ferment is so fast you may or may not develop a new 1/8-1/4" pellicle in time.
Kombucha Kamp sells Jun culture, $35 retail. You can read their product detail. I am quite sure there are Jun variants just as there are Kombucha and kefir variants.