This month I have really been having a hard time with my "Scoby" for making Kombucha. My problem was, after allowing it to ferment for a week, it was not producing another Scoby. If you are a Kombucha tea drinker, you already know that you must first start off with this Scoby starter in order to make Kombucha. Once you allow your Kombucha to ferment for a week or so it automatically produces another Scoby. Well, I guess my Scoby starter was on it's last leg because I tried twice and after the fermenting process -- there was not a new Scoby present.
|No Scoby present after fermenting for a week|
After this second time not producing another Scoby I decided I perhaps needed to purchase or get from a friend another Scoby starter. I contacted the person I bought my first Scoby from and was in the process of getting it from her until my dear husband had an idea!!!
Grow Your Own Scoby
First of all I thought -- "There is no way -- I'm all for trying new things -- but why re-invent the wheel -- who am I to try and make a Scoby -- impossible." Those where some of my thoughts. Well -- after researching -- I found out that it's totally possible to do and not only that -- it's pretty darn easy!
|Steph from Stupid Easy Paleo|
If you've been reading my blog for awhile, you know that my favorite on-line place is YouTube. If you want to learn anything you just need to go there and you will learn. Well I can now say that I added another thing to my "What I learned how to make/do" list. Steph from Stupid Easy Paleo (here's her video on how to make your own Scoby http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F3TN54s_ezA) made this task that I thought was impossible --so easy. Here's what I did:
- Purchased one bottle of Kombucha Original Tea
- Poured it into a mason jar (or a big recycled glass jar)
- Put a paper towel over the top of the jar and put the ring of the jar only over the paper towel
- Put in my dark pantry
- Checked on it after the 4th day and it had a thin layer
- On the fifth day it was ready
|The Scoby is the top layer that resembles a pancake|
From there, I proceeded to make my Kombucha tea as usual. I started making Kombucha in January 2013 and I absolutely love it. You can visit my blog post about it here: http://yo-yoeatingnomore.blogspot.com/2013/02/31-make-your-own-probiotic-soda-braggs.html and for my recipe on how to make Kombucha Tea you can go here: http://ohtasteandsee2.blogspot.com/2013/10/2-kombucha-tea-review-from-wholefoods.html.
So if you are ever in a bind where your Scoby starter is not producing another Scoby for you -- do what I did and make your own!!!
Until next time...
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