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  1. A


    Is this a normal SCOBY growth or no? I just got a SCOBY from a friend and this is 2 days into my first brew. Thanks for looking!
  2. leakygutgal_newbie

    First Scoby - damaged shipment Help!

    Okay This Scoby just arrived: Brine was dripping everywhere inside the huge box Amazon supplied. I've never tried to brew anything before, but the scoby itself looks okay to me and there's about 4 ounces of liquid left. Can I salvage this? And if so, how? Should I just put everything in the...
  3. B

    Purchased Scoby and received it in the mail...

    Hi all! sorry this is my first time posting. I purchased a Scoby from a local brewing company a week ago and received it today. It has an ice pack with it that’s now obviously melted. It’s been unrefrigerated for a week - am I wasting time if I try to use it or will it be ok?
  4. K

    Do my scobies have mould?

    Greetings friends, I have 2 bottles containing scobies which I last fed with green tea in October 2020 but kept them (scoby hotel) in a dark container and today (1 June 2021), I finally took them out wanting to make a fresh batch of Kombucha, however I noticed that on the top layer of both...
  5. J

    Question about Second Kombucha Batch and Scoby

    Hi I've started to learn how to brew and was happy to find this forum. I bought a starter's kit and followed the instructions for the first batch, which came out tasty. Before i begin the second batch, i wanted to conform that the mix im starting with looks and smells the way it should. The...
  6. J

    Is this mold on my scoby?

    Hey everyone! This scoby in progress has some weird slightly blue-ish thing going on as you see in the middle of the picture. Is it mold or just... puberty? ;) Thanks in advance, Jim
  7. C

    scobys in my bottles

    Hello! I am new here. I would like to sell kombucha and jun in my small community but my bottles are growing small scobys. I would prefer not to sell the bottles with living scoby as i would like to make this part of my income since I lost my job to coronavirus and have not been able to find new...
  8. HomeBrewMasterRace

    Changing size of Kombucha Fermenter - Old Mother Disappeared

    Hi Everyone, I recently made my own mother in a 2L jar and decided that i wanted to brew more so i upgraded to a 1 gallon jar. When i did this and dropped the mother i had into it, it floated for the first day then just disappeared. Now i currently have what looks like a new mother forming in...
  9. J

    New brewing, help identifying

    Hello, I know there is tons of post similar to mine, but I couldn't find any pictures that looks like mine. I am trying my second Kombucha brew, but as I was about to do the second fermentation I saw those white spot on the scoby. I did my research, but I am unsure. They do not look like the...
  10. Croucho

    Baby scoby clouds? Advice please!

    Hello friends, A cloudy gathering has collected at the bottom of a jar in my fridge containing a second ferment (aka without a scoby). What is it? Has anyone seen this before? I'm hoping its baby scoby clouds. What do I do? Thanks in advance for your help!
  11. T

    Does my Scoby look ok ??

    Iv recently got into kombucha brewing, my first batch has a odd growth which im assuming is just normal scoby growth but i just wanted to make sure what everyone else thinks ??
  12. MDMD

    Does this baby SCOBY look normal?

    Hey Ya'll, I decided last week to pick up a new hobby of fermenting Kombucha at home, but given my excitement decided that instead of ordering a SCOBY I'd just make my own in a couple weeks. Anyways, here are a couple pictures of my current scoby after 5 days. Please let me know where I...
  13. H

    A (Slightly Schizophrenic) Kombucha Primer

    I've always enjoyed fermenting things, ever since I made my first hard cider when I was 19 and not cool enough to have friends that were old enough to buy me beer... er, I mean, 21 years old and not a day younger. I am fascinated as much by the process as I am the finished product. Cider, beer...
  14. K

    Help: What is Happening With My Scoby?

    This is my first time trying to grow a scoby from scratch. I started with some raw, unflavored kombucha from a friend, black tea, and sugar. It's been 3 days and something is starting to form but I have no idea what it is. Is this the beggining of a scoby?
  15. V

    Is there something wrong with this scoby?

    I've noticed that several of my scobies have developed a discoloration along the edge in couple of places. Is this is something to worry about or is this normal? Here is a picture of one.
  16. A

    New to Kombucha - Is it mold?

    Hey guys! Making my first Scoby and i'm not shure it worked out so good, but before i throw it out i want to hear from you experts: Is it mold or is it OK? Best regards, André
  17. J

    Grow own SCOBY without using a store-bought booch

    I live in an old house in which the basement is constructed of stone and timber. I'm thinking the age of the space might harbor some interesting bugs (for better or worse), thus I want to attempt to grow a SCOBY completely from scratch. In other words, I would prefer the environment as the...
  18. C

    Why Does Everyone Say Not to Use Metal with Kombucha?

    I have heard this repeated over and over since the early 1990's and I have always wondered why you shouldn't use metal and whether people are talking about specific types of metal like iron, instead of stainless steel. The reason I say this is because I have seen several videos of companies that...
  19. C

    Is the Tea Really Needed?

    Hello all I keep reading page after page on Kombucha brewing and they all pretty much parrot each other, but don’t really give a reason why the tea is necessary. I am curious if the tea is even necessary? Is it used because strong black tea is slightly acidic? Does anyone have any links or...
  20. B

    Not sure about this one. Please help.

    Hello. I want to thank the community for helping me with my first batch, which i made from scratch. My first batch only yielded two bottles and so i wanted to up my quanitity for my next attempt. I cut the scoby in half and placed each half in 1/2 gallon jars along with a 1/2 cup of the juice...