Saturday, July 30, 2011

Kombucha Restarted

My first Kombucha batch showed no sign of life after a couple weeks and I began to think I did something wrong in the first batch. Sure enough, after a little more research, I found out I shouldn't have used Herbal tea for the initial fermentation. Rather, green or black tea should be used. Herbal tea is only used for adding flavor and nutrients after initial fermentation is complete.

I re-brewed the starter batch. this time using green tea. After about 1 week I began to see signs of life. A gelatinous substance formed over the entire surface of the container and is continuing to grow. My kombucha SCOBY or mushroom is now growing quite well. Hopefully in a few more weeks, I'll have a full mushroom to brew the first drinkable batch of Kombucha!

Kombucha ingredients with green tea this time!

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