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Kombucha dilemma.

Posted by on Oct. 8, 2012 at 7:58 AM
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I had a culture that went bad and am having a harder time than normal finding a culture.  It seems people want to sell a whole "kit" which I don't need.

I have also read that keeping a bottle raw kombucha (Forget the brand but its national.) will produce a baby after a few weeks.  Has anyone tried this?

Oh remembered the brand GT DAVE's I think.


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coolmom405
by Catherine on Oct. 9, 2012 at 8:22 AM

i had Kombucha a few times, bought it at Whole Foods, but I'm curious to know how to make, since it's expensive and I'm on a very strict budget.

matreshka
by Bronze Member on Oct. 9, 2012 at 9:43 AM

A helpful mom in a nother group gave me directions online. Some people grow and sell scobys online but as kombucha got more popular they are trying to upcharge the price by selling jars to brew them at a premium. you really just need 2 big mason jars, tea, a scoby, cheesecloth or coffee filter, and sugar.

Here they are:

http://www.foodrenegade.com/how-to-grow-a-kombucha-scoby/

How To Grow A Kombucha SCOBY

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Kombucha, the effervescent and tangy health drink made from fermenting sweetened tea, is my family's favorite beverage. We drink about 2 gallons of the stuff per week.

To make kombucha (see my instructions for how to do that here), you only need two things:

1) Sweetened tea, and 2) a SCOBY (Symbiotic Colony Of Bacteria and Yeast), AKA "mother," or "mushroom."

Coming by kombucha mothers is easy if you've got friends making this "immortal health elixir." Kombucha mother colonies periodically reproduce, so people brewing it have a constant supply of scobies to give away.

But what if you're a lone wolf, daring to make kombucha on your own?  Where are you supposed to get a good SCOBY?

The most reputable online stores can charge anywhere from $15-$35 per kombucha mother.

YIKES!

So, I thought I'd show you how to grow your own for about $3.50.

 

The Players

  • 1 bottle of Organic, Raw Kombucha
  • 1 glass jar
  • 1 kitchen towel
  • 1 cup of room temperature sweetened tea made with filtered water (where to buy water filters)

NOTES:

  1. You can buy the kombucha at just about any health food store. I get mine from the health food aisle of my local HEB - a large chain grocery store local to my area.  If you can't find it near you, you can buy a bottle of the stuff online. Make sure it's organic, raw, and unflavored with juice. You just want the plain, original beverage.
  2. The sweetened tea can be as simple as a cup of black tea, sweetened with a tablespoon of sugar.

The How-To

Pour the bottle of kombucha and sweetened tea into a glass jar.  Cover it with a towel so it can breathe but be protected from insects and other contaminants. Let it sit.

THE END.

It's really very easy, isn't it?

With time, a new SCOBY will start to form on top of the liquid. It will appear first as a thin film, then slowly fill in and thicken up.

Once it's about 1/4 inch thick, it's ready to go. You can let it sit longer and get even thicker, but that's really not necessary. This SCOBY is about 1/3 inch thick and took me about 3 weeks to grow. In the summer, I can grow it in half that time.

Got a question?

Check out this post on Kombucha Questions & Answers and see if it can help. Also, be sure to read through the instructions and comments in this post on How To Brew Flavored Kombucha.

HELP! I followed all your advice, but it still didn't grow.

Unfortunately, some store bought kombucha is just weak or old. Rather than playing roulette with bottles of raw kombucha, hoping for a batch that's thriving with good culture, you may want the assurance of starting with a proven culture. If so, check out where I recommend to buy a kombucha SCOBY.



LostTheSlipper
by Member on Oct. 10, 2012 at 11:38 AM


Quoting matreshka:


I had a culture that went bad and am having a harder time than normal finding a culture.  It seems people want to sell a whole "kit" which I don't need.

I have also read that keeping a bottle raw kombucha (Forget the brand but its national.) will produce a baby after a few weeks.  Has anyone tried this?

Oh remembered the brand GT DAVE's I think.

Uhhhhh ...what? I'm scared to look this stuff up now.

sassymomntx1961
by Yvonne on Oct. 10, 2012 at 1:41 PM

What is it?Never heard of it before

GOD first ppl next things last you cant go wrong and w/ GOD and JESUS around you,you will be a a triple strand rope

matreshka
by Bronze Member on Oct. 10, 2012 at 2:09 PM

Some people call it a "baby" its also called a scoby, its actually a culture that grows another other one on top of it.  It does look gross but it is no different than consuming other cultured health products. You don't eat the culture, just strain the tea out.

Quoting LostTheSlipper:


Quoting matreshka:


I had a culture that went bad and am having a harder time than normal finding a culture.  It seems people want to sell a whole "kit" which I don't need.

I have also read that keeping a bottle raw kombucha (Forget the brand but its national.) will produce a baby after a few weeks.  Has anyone tried this?

Oh remembered the brand GT DAVE's I think.

Uhhhhh ...what? I'm scared to look this stuff up now.



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