June 3, 2012 – A couple of weeks ago I decided to try and make my own kombucha. It seemed pretty easy and if successful it would be cheaper than paying $3-5 for a bottle from the local health food store. Well after reading through a couple of recipes I found out I would need a kombucha “scoby” mother before I could get started. Once more I bought a bottle of raw kombucha and used it as part of my starter. After a little chemistry everything was set up, I made my famous sweet tea (see sweet tea is good for something other than a drink on a hot day), mixed everything together, placed it in a glass pitcher, covered it with a dish cloth and rubber band. Then I waited on my scoby to be born.
Now I’ve made sweet tea before and forgot about it in the fridge and at one time or another this blob of something would show up. Little did I know back then that I was tossing out something that could be so useful and healthy! At that time I just though everything I learned in home economics must have not have stuck!
Fast forward 10 days and I have a scoby! She’s named Myrtle and her sister is Betty! They were both born on the same day but within a couple of weeks Betty moved to the city and lives in a sun tea pitcher until her new home arrives. I ordered a 3 gallon Ohio crock from our local hardware store. They don’t carry them locally but if
I order online they will ship it free to the store, BARGAIN!
Now that Myrtle and Betty Scoby have grown so much I decided they needed to downsize. Betty was first and I cut her down just enough to live in her new home, but I didn’t know what to do with her leftovers. Since kombucha is the tea made from scoby I didn’t want to toss it out, but I do know that it will slow down production if I put it into the refrigerator. I carefully cut up the rest of Betty and placed her into a canning jar and covered it with kombucha. Afterwards I decided to move the smaller pieces into small jars, add a 1/4 cup of kombucha, and 1/2 cup of fresh sweet tea. Once they start growing they will develop back into round scobys and I’ll have to find them new homes.
I’ve noticed that there are several places online that sell kombucha starters, so I might have to do that if I can’t find anyone locally would want to start making their own. If I get too many scobys going hubby might want me to stop since we can only drink so much each day!
**UPDATE – Seven Days Later – June 9, 2012**
After seven days it was time to peek in on the babies and see if they needed feeding. All are healthy and growing so I gave them a little sweet tea to eat on and grow thicker. Hmmm…now what am I going to do with all these little scobys??