what to do with extra scobys

How to use extra kombucha SCOBYS

If you have really taken to homemade kombucha brewing - the chances are you will eventually end up with more SCOBYs than you need. A lot people ask the Homemade Kombucha Co. team what they should do with their SCOBYs as it seems like a waste to simply chuck them in the bin. Here are a few good options: Leave your ‘baby’ SCOBY in the jar with the ‘mother’ SCOBY: This is the simplest option - you can brew a normal batch of kombucha with multiple SCOBYs in the one…

Kombucha, Plastics & Recycling

Yep - even the pouches we use you seal your SCOBY are recyclable! Responsible Packaging Sometimes we get asked about the plastic that your SCOBY comes packaged in. We hate single use plastic, and have searched far and wide to find a compostable alternative or at least a bioplastic that can be used with a vacuum sealing machine. Unfortunately, this product does not exist yet. The team at Homemade Kombucha Co. goes to great lengths to minimise the amount of waste we produce. All of our packaging that we use…

My Kombucha Brew Is Taking Forever!

In cold temperatures the formation of a new SCOBY takes much longer - leaving your brew vulnerable to contamination. The baby SCOBY forming on the surface of this brew is over two weeks old - normally your whole brew should be ready in that amount of time! The two keys to a great kombucha are quality starting ingredients and the right brewing environment. Apart from keeping everything clean and free from contaminants, temperature is probably the most important environmental factor for brewing kombucha. Kombucha will brew easily between 20-30°C. At…

Berry Booch – Homemade Kombucha Recipe

This tasty kombucha can be prepared either on the spot ready to go - or can be fermented over a few days for deeper flavours and more fizz. This recipe combines cranberry and blueberry flavours, although raspberry is also great - just substitute your preferred berries and experiment! As we know - richly coloured berries are a great source of antioxidants, called anthocyanins which may have a range of beneficial effects helping to fight inflammation and viral infections.1 Combining the probiotic benefits of kombucha with antioxidant rich fruits is a…

How to choose the right Kombucha Kit for you

For a beginner kombucha brewer it can be tricky when you are trying to choose the right kombucha kit. The team at Homemade Kombucha Co. has put together this guide to help you figure out what is most important to you - and get your lifetime supply of homemade kombucha brewing along nicely. What is the most important to you? I want the cheapest option possible Price is my number 1 priority. Your best bet is: 2L Kombucha Kit (no jar) - Black Tea The 2L no jar kits are…

The real cost of drinking Kombucha – and how much you will save with a homemade brew!

Buying a homemade kombucha starter kit is actually a great investment - not only for a lifetime supply of probiotics or being able to have tasty kombucha whenever you want, but it will literally save you money. People who regularly drink commercial kombucha are missing out - once you’ve tasted homemade kombucha you don’t go back! The commercial products sacrifice flavour and quality of ingredients for stability on the store shelf and large profit margins. You may have already read our article that looks at some of the major kombucha…

How do I store a SCOBY? Make a SCOBY Hotel!

A lot of people ask us how they look after a SCOBY if they go on holidays - the simple answer is make a SCOBY hotel. But before we get into that, let’s just quickly refresh on what a SCOBY is and what it needs to survive. A SCOBY is a symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast. The microbes feed off sweet tea and make the thick ‘pellicle’ (which basically means skin in latin) out of cellulose as a byproduct of the fermentation process. A SCOBY is alive, which means…

Commercial Kombucha Brands: Are You Really Buying What You Think?

It is always interesting to see something like kombucha grow in mainstream popularity. On one hand you have the well informed, health conscious crowd saying things like ‘I’ve known kombucha is a good thing for years, my SCOBY is over 5 years old and still going strong’ - and on the other side you have the people who have seen an advertorial kombucha feature on a TV morning show and have never actually looked at the ingredients of what they are buying. It is no secret people are becoming more…

Help! My Kombucha tastes like vinegar.

It is common for the first time kombucha brewer to end up a little disappointed with their efforts when their brew tastes strong and vinegary. Honestly, this happens to nearly everyone when they first start - and it can even happen to experienced brewers who experiment and stray a bit too far from their proven kombucha formula. There are three main causes for kombucha tasting like vinegar: Wrong Sugar Heat Brewed Too Long This article will run through these problems and how to deal with them for future brews so…

ginger turmeric kombucha recipe

Ginger Spice Immune Boost – Homemade Kombucha Recipe

This is our kombucha version of a classic health elixir - relying on a combination of spices like turmeric and cinnamon with a vitamin C boost of lemon and ginger. A turmeric and ginger tea is a popular tonic for dealing with nasty colds and inflammation. By using a green tea kombucha base you can have a drink jam packed full of antioxidants to ward off any sickness, along with the anti inflammatory benefits of curcumin, and gut calming effects of probiotics and ginger. What does it taste like? Quite…

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