Saturday, August 15, 2009

Starting A Kombucha Scoby

Now it's time to start the Kombucha Scoby. There are a few basics that you will need...

1 bottle of Kombucha (found at most health food stores or the specialty department of your local grocer)
1 glass container (it MUST be not use plastic or metal - this ensures that there will be no leaching of matter from the plastic or metal into the product)
cheesecloth or flour sack towel

Pour Kombucha into the clean glass jar.

This is a live raw food, so you will notice immediately after pouring the liquid in that there are some brownish bit type pieces floating in the liquid. This is normal as what you are seeing are yeast strands. (Look at the left side of the photo ~ intermixed with the bubbles you will see the brownish bits.)

Place your cheese cloth or sack cloth atop the container and fasten with a rubber band. What you are trying to accomplish by doing this is to prohibit any foreign matter from entering the liquid, such as pollen or other material that can cause it to mold.

Place the jar in a warm, dark place. (I am using an upper cabinet shelf in our laundry room - this should be plenty warm and dark once the cabinet door is shut.) Leave liquid to sit for about 2 weeks. At that time your Scoby should be formed in the jar. You do not want to move your container around as it will cause your Scoby strands to separate and it will take that much longer to re-attach themselves and form the Scoby pancake. (Remember from my initial post -- the Scoby resembles a pancake in appearance.)

Now we sit back and wait for time to pass. I'll probably take a peek at it every once in awhile and as I do I will share the progress with you as it occurs. Keep in mind though that this is my first time to try making a Scoby, so we will be learning and experimenting together.

Click HERE for printable recipe

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