White specks on my Scoby, contamination?

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changodaman

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Hey everyone, new kombucha brewer here. I started a 1 gallon batch last week and I noticed these little white specks on my Scoby. Is this normal Scoby formation or some contamination? https://imgur.com/jNSd4hi

My recipe was basically 1 gallon of black tea, 1 cup sugar, about 1 cup starter tea (maybe a bit more) and 1 Scoby. I got the starter tea and Scoby from someone else.

I did some searching online and found mixed results, some pictures look similar and the websites say it's normal. Just wanting to be safe. Thanks for looking!
 

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looks normal...if the white specs grow and get hairy...they you have mold. Can't see any as of this photo.
 
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Ok thanks, I'll keep an eye on it. Smells normal so far...
 

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You should know in the next week. Mold grows pretty fast. Only had it once, but ugh! KombuchaJim is right :eek:nestar: :)
 

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I have seen those before. From my reading, it is most likely strong healthy scoby bacteria forming on the top. They will spread. If they get hairy...then it is mold. Looks familiar and fine to me.
 

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