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Kombucha. Comb-boo-cha. Ever heard of it? It's the hippie, new age, magical "elixir of life". It's actually just fermented sweet tea, but I prefer "elixir of life", don't you? I'd heard about kombucha maybe a year or two ago and had seen bottled versions for sale at the co-op and eventually at the grocery store. After figuring out what it was, exactly, I bought a bottle of the stuff and gave it a try. Fizzy, light, pleasant. Like a weird little soda.

Well, I recently brewed my very first batch of kombucha. I got my SCOBY (Symbiotic Colony of Bacteria and Yest) at a local food swap and got started.

Kombucha home-brewing is a little weird and totally awesome. I've posted more about my first brewing experience at http://www.unspeakablevisions.com/2011/12/kombucha-what.html. Do you have any kombucha brewing tips? 

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Comment by Cornelia on December 20, 2011 at 3:16pm

Thanks for this, Christine! I've had a SCOBY in a jar in the fridge for, um, maybe a year. Do you think it's still revivable? I hate to think that I killed the poor little gal.

Comment by Caroline Malcolm on December 21, 2011 at 12:07pm

Oh, Kombucha...I want to love you! I have mixed feelings about it. I know the benefits and I think the taste is ok, but I get creeped out by the SCOBY "mother" that just reproduces SCOBY babies...it seems like a creepy science experiment! BUT, that being said, I would love to try to make it and see how it goes. It is super healthy! I gotta try some of my own "superhero juice". Thanks for posting, Christine!

Comment by Christine on December 21, 2011 at 1:37pm

@Cornelia... hmm, I think SCOBYs can last for awhile if refrigerated... I don't know how long though. I suppose you could give a it a try? I'll see if I can find something about that and let you know.

@Caroline, I know! It's a total creepy science experiment. But... pretty fascinating. Definitely try a second fermentation with fruit juice, it makes it so delicious :)

Comment by Coyote Ridge Farms on December 22, 2011 at 10:39am

Cornelia, I'm guessing your SCOBY is still in great shape.  I can say with certainty that SCOBY's are tough and can survive for 6+ months of neglect on a shelf.  It seems I had forgotten a couple of my gals in a SCOBY motel.  Since I didn't have any mothers in the fridge, I went ahead and started a batch of booch on the 15th.  It's doing great and a daughter is forming nicely.

If using a dormant mother out of the fridge, take her out and let her get acclimated for a few days before making her work... even then, your SCOBY might be a little slow forming a daughter (doubtful, but possible).

What does a SCOBY look like after being left in a jar for 6 months?
It looks somewhat normal... if you think a 3" thick Kombucha mother is normal.  lol.  For the life of me, I cannot figure how to get her out of the jar.

Comment by Betty on July 15, 2013 at 12:27pm

I love Kombucha so much! Thanks for inspiring me to try making my own. I'm going to do Lemon Ginger! 

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