Making a Scoby for homemade Kombucha

I absolutly love kombucha but buying it every week started to weigh heavy in my pockets. I researched and figured out if I had a scoby {Symbiotic Colony of Bacteria and Yeast} I could brew my very own kombucha. I could buy a scoby online but I thought… why not make scoby myself?

This is the story of how Scobers {my scoby} came to be:}

I found some clips on you tube and researched a lot of material about making your own scoby. When I felt I had a pretty good idea of how to do it I went out to get the supplies.

1. One glass jar to brew. I got mine from a great friend. It holds 16 cups of water.
2. Sugar- I use organic turbinado sugar.
3. Black tea with caffeine.
4. Two 16 oz bottles of original kombucha. NO flavor just PLAIN kombucha. If you are using a smaller jar you may only need one bottle of original kombucha.

I came home and started scoby!
1. I boiled 12 cups filtered water.
2. Added almost 2 cups of organic turbinado sugar stirred until all melted.
3. Added 7 bags of black tea and let sit for a nice long time. Black tea with caffeine. That is what Scoby needs to eat, caffeine and sugar.
4. I took out the tea bags poured the tea in my glass jar and let sit until the next day so tea was room temp.
5. The NEXT day I added my 2 bottles of original 16 oz not flavored kombucha.
6. I covered the jar with an old cut up t-shirt and rubber band to secure it around.
7. Waited 3 weeks.


There he was! A beautiful very thin scoby!

I took scoby out with my clean hands and a wooden spoon and put him in a glass bowl. Never use metal it somehow kills your scoby. I covered him with about a cup of the brewed kombucha put an old cloth over the bowl and placed him safely in the refrigerator.

Next I repeated steps 1-4.
Only this time I boiled 15 cups of water. I was not adding 2 bottles of kombucha this time only scoby and the kombucha I used to cover him were going to be added to the sweet tea.

Now Scoby is big beautiful and makes some good kombucha!!!

Thanks Scobers for making the best kombucha!

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