Category Archives: SCOBY

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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…

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…

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…

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What does a healthy SCOBY look like?

This is probably the biggest question for anyone who has just started making their own homemade kombucha - ‘what does a healthy SCOBY look like?’. We already know from our first blog posts - what a SCOBY is and tips for looking after a SCOBY. However, there are times where is may be difficult to tell if a SCOBY is normal, if it is healthy, and most importantly if your fresh, homemade kombucha is safe to drink. To help all of you taking your first homemade kombucha steps - we…

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What is a Kombucha SCOBY and how do I get one?

A SCOBY is a Symbiotic Culture Of Bacteria & Yeast, that ferments the sugar and nutrients found in a sweet tea into delicious, healthy kombucha. In some cases a SCOBY will also be called a ‘mushroom’ or a ‘mother’. As the bacteria and yeast ferments the sweet tea, the bacteria produces cellulose which builds up as a living biofilm – forming the thick, off-white rubbery SCOBY that floats on the surface of the kombucha. A SCOBY is a protective layer to seal of the kombucha from the air during the…