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Ginger Beer Plant Scoby

Jag har tidigare skrivit om Stone’s Ginger Joe Alkoholfri, som enligt mig var en välsmakande ingefärsöl. Huruvida man kan kalla den för en öl eller ej kan diskuteras och jag misstänker att Stone’s Ginger Joe med sina 4% kommer smaka ungefär som sin lillebror. Vi får väl se om det stämmer.Personligen har jag faktiskt slutat testa öl likt dessa. De ger mig inte så mycket ändå. Jag har dock valt att behålla de recensioner som finns publicerade här på min mat- och ölblogg.

Hej där Daniel. Av någon anledning hade din kommentar hamnat i skräpkorgen, därav sent svar. Som du säger så smakar ju inte denna som en öl eller upplevs som en öl. Men de finns ju dom som menar att stout, suröl osv. inte smakar öl heller eller att de ens anser att det är en öl. Allt är ju en definitionsfråga.
Jag ser Ginger Beer som en väldigt typisk och säregen dryck, precis som Root Beer och Svagdricka. Att denna dryck börjat kallas ingefärsöl i Sverige är förvirrande och lite som att kalla Root Beer för rotöl. Ingen av de dryckerna ser jag som öl, även om den i detta utförande är alkoholhaltig. Jag skulle kalla det just en ”alkoholhaltig ginger beer”. Och det är också precis vad den smakar: ginger beer. Ingefärsdryck, eller ingefärsläsk.

What is the purpose of SCOBY?
A SCOBY, which stands for “symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast,” is an ingredient used in the fermentation and production of kombucha. Fermentation is a chemical process in which carbohydrates like sugar or starch turn into alcohol or acid ( 1 ).
Frisk söt smak av ingefära med behaglig beska med inslag av citron och päron. God endimensionell smak, men skulle aldrig kunna gissa att det var en öl om jag drack den i blindo för första gången.

Stone’s Ginger Joe är trevlig öl att dricka som sällskapsdryck, fördrink eller att använda som ingrediens till drinkar. Detta är ingen öl jag dricker till mat. Den smakar precis som sin alkoholfria lillebror, men med skillnaden att du får lite mer av allt. Men i ärlighetens namn så kan du faktiskt välja den alkoholfria varianten med gott samvete, för så mycket bättre är inte storebrodern om du frågar mig. Dessutom är den några kronor billigare om det nu spelar någon roll.På mitt lokala bolag tog det hem en ”ingefärsöl” som jag hävdade var mer av en ingefärscider när jag drack den. Jag minns inte vilken producent det var, men någon publicerad recension blev det inte av den anledningen.

Ginger beer’s origins date from the colonial spice trade with the Orient and the sugar-producing islands of the Caribbean.[1] It was popular in Britain and its colonies from the 18th century.Själv har jag slutat att recensera drycker likt dessa, eftersom det finns så mycket annat kul. Men denna recensionen får finnas kvar här, precis som med den alkoholfria varianten jag recenserat. Det är ändå trevliga drycker på sitt vis. 🙂

Hej Ludvig och kul att du skriver. Jag håller med om att ginger beer samt ginger ale och dess terminologi är förvirrande. Som du säger så smakar ju inte Ginger Joe ett dugg öl. Det måste den visserligen inte göra heller. Finns de som menar på att smakar det inte lageröl, så är det ingen öl. 🙂
Har testat den 2 ggr nu och besviken, mer som en ”tjejdrick”. 2/5 av mig. Vill man ha en riktigt ginger ale så ska man köpa Ginger Rail från train station brewery!!!Traditional ginger beer is a sweetened and carbonated, usually non-alcoholic beverage. Historically it was produced by the natural fermentation of prepared ginger spice, yeast and sugar.

…så jag tror att man måste bedöma alla Ginger Beer/Ale var för sig. De kan vara som öl. Eller inte alls. Jag tycker det verkar som att just Ginger Joe är som en alkoläsk: smakextrakt och kolsyrat vatten med tillsatt separat fermenterad alkohol. Hittar ingen bra fakta om produktionsteknik.Fermentation occurs through the action of bacteria and yeast contained in the kombucha scoby. In this process, yeast eat the sugar found in sweetened tea. As they digest it, they produce CO2 as well as alcohol. Once the alcohol is produced by the yeast, the bacteria begin to transform it into acetic acid. In other words, vinegar!The idea is not to eliminate the initially added sugar (that wouldn’t work), but to let it ferment for a very long time. For more information, see our recipe for sugar-free and alcohol-free kombucha or our kombucha vinegar recipe.

Can you use a SCOBY forever?
Each individual scoby can brew for around 6-9 months depending on how it is used but in reality you generally use the newest scoby you have so you will have switched to a new baby well before then.
Thanks to its narrow neck and airlock, the carboy will limit the presence of oxygen. Bacteria will no longer be able to transform the alcohol into acetic acid. Fermenting at a higher temperature will produce a more alcoholic kombucha, while fermenting at a lower temperature will produce a more acidic kombucha! Commercial kombucha, on the other hand, has an alcohol percentage of less than 0.5%. It is indeed sold as a non-alcoholic beverage and therefore must not exceed this limit to be considered non-alcoholic in many countries. The richer the yeast culture, the higher the alcohol content of the kombucha. However, there are thousands of different types of yeast with different characteristics. Wild yeast will vary from one environment to another. It is therefore impossible to predict which ones will colonize our kombucha, and how they will influence the alcohol content of our fermented tea!Unfortunately, it is difficult to know the exact alcohol content of each batch. Only very expensive and complex equipment can provide such a measurement. The hydrometer, generally used to measure the alcohol content of a liquid, will not be able to give an exact reading because of the large number of particles in suspension.

The film will thicken into a solid, opaque layer. Over the next few days, the layer will continue to thicken and gradually become opaque. When the scoby is about 1/4-inch thick, it’s ready to be used to make kombucha tea — depending on the temperature and conditions in your kitchen, this might take anywhere from 1 to 4 weeks.
A scoby is a naturally occurring part of the kombucha brewing process. It’s constantly renewing itself and a new layer of scoby will grow on the surface of the old one every time you brew a batch of kombucha. You’ve also all probably bought a bottle of kombucha with a little blobby thing inside? Well, that’s actually a tiny, newly-forming scoby. This ability of the the scoby to constantly reform itself is what makes it possible for us to grow a new scoby from scratch.Your finished scoby is normal and healthy if… It’s about a quarter-inch thick and opaque. It’s fine if the scoby is bubbled or nubbly or has a rough edge. It’s also ok if it’s thinner in some parts than others or if there’s a hole. Your scoby will become smoother and more uniform as you brew more batches of kombucha.First, bubbles will gather on the surface. For the first few days, nothing will happen. Then you’ll start to see groups of tiny bubbles starting to collect on the surface.It takes roughly 2 to 4 weeks to grow a new scoby from scratch. The time might be less if your kitchen is warm or longer if your kitchen is cool. In general, try to keep your kombucha at an average room temperature of about 70°F, and your scoby will form in a little over two weeks.

What is a SCOBY in beer?
A SCOBY, or Symbiotic Culture of Bacteria and Yeast, is the fermentation starter that kicks off kombucha fermentation. The SCOBY is made up of lactic acid bacteria, acetic acid bacteria, and yeast.
Covering for the jar: Cheesecloth is not ideal because it’s easy for small insects, like fruit flies, to wiggle through the layers. Use a few layers of tightly woven cloth (like clean napkins or tea towels), coffee filters, or paper towels, to cover the jar, and secure it tightly with rubber bands or twine.

Your scoby is forming normally and is healthy if… You see bubbles, clear jelly-like masses, opaque jelly-like masses, stringy or gritty brown bits. Also if the tea smells fresh, tart, and slightly vinegary (this aroma will become more pronounced the further into the process you go).You grow a new scoby from scratch by combining tea, sugar, and some pre-made kombucha. You can use homemade kombucha from a friend or store-bought kombucha, but make sure it’s a raw, unflavored variety. It also helps if you can see one of those little blobby things floating at the top or bottom of the bottle. The finished scoby: Your finished scoby might look a little nubbly, rough, patchy, or otherwise ”not quite like a grown-up scoby.” It’s ok! Your scoby will start to smooth out and take on a uniform color over the course of a few batches of kombucha — take a look a the before and after pictures of a baby and grown-up scoby in the gallery above. There is a problem if… You see fuzzy black or green mold growing on top of the forming scoby, or if your tea starts to smell cheesy, rancid, or otherwise unpleasant. In any of these cases, bad bacteria has taken hold of the tea; discard this batch and start again with a fresh batch.If you can’t tell if there’s a problem… Continue to let the tea ferment and the scoby form. If it’s a problem, it will get worse; if it’s a normal part of the process, it should normalize (or at least not get any worse!)

Combine the sweet tea and kombucha in a jar. Pour the sweet tea into the jar. Pour the kombucha on top — if you see a blobby ”baby scoby” in the bottom of your jar of commercial kombucha, make sure this gets transferred. (But if you don’t see one, don’t worry! Your scoby will still form.) Stir to combine.All these warning aside, I made new scobys many many times myself and never had it go wrong. There’s a bit of trust involved — it just looks gross! — but I find that if you let it be, it comes out right in the end.Cover and store for 1 to 4 weeks. Cover the mouth of the jar with a few layers of tightly-woven cloth, coffee filters, or paper towels secured with a rubber band. (If you develop problems with gnats or fruit flies, use a tightly woven cloth or paper towels, which will do a better job keeping the insects out of your brew.) Place the jar somewhere at average room temperature (70°F), out of direct sunlight, and where it won’t get jostled. Sunlight can prevent the kombucha from fermenting and the scoby from forming, so wrap the jar in a cloth if you can’t keep it away from sunlight.Substituting Other Teas: Plain black tea is the best and most nutritious tea for scoby growth. For this step of growing a new kombucha, use black tea if at all possible; you can play around with other teas once you start making kombucha regularly. (See How To Make Kombucha Tea at Home) “Scoby” is actually an acronym: Symbiotic Culture Of Bacteria and Yeast. And that’s exactly what it is! A scoby is the living home for the bacteria and yeast that transform sweet tea into tangy, fizzy kombucha — think of the scoby as the coral reef of the bacteria and yeast world. It a rubbery raft that floats on the surface of the kombucha. Aside from being a home for yeast and good bacteria, the scoby seals off the fermenting kombucha from the air and protects it from outside, undesirable bacterias while it’s fermenting. Then, the bubbles will collect into a film. After a few more days, the groups of bubbles will start to connect and form a thin, transparent, jelly-like film across the surface of the tea. You’ll also see bubbles forming around the edges of the film. This is carbon-dioxide from the fermenting tea and a sign that everything is healthy and happy! Keep an eye on it and refer to the pictures in the slide-show below. Bubbles, jelly-like masses, and gritty brown-colored residue are good; fuzzy black or green spots of mold are bad. The liquid in the jar should always smell fresh, tart, and slightly vinegary (this will become more pronounced the further you are in the process); if it smells cheesy, rancid, or otherwise off-putting, then something has gone wrong. Make the sweet tea. Bring the water to a boil. Remove the pan from heat and stir in the sugar until it is completely dissolved. Add the tea and allow to steep until the tea cools to room temperature. Remove and discard the tea. (Alternatively, boil half the amount of water, dissolve the sugar and steep the tea, then add the remaining water to cool the tea more rapidly.)

Can you touch a SCOBY?
Touching your SCOBY or kombucha with metal temporary will not cause any problems. If you’re taking the time to brew your kombucha, you shouldn’t have to worry about more than you need to.
Part of the job of the scoby is to protect the kombucha while it ferments. This means that a jar of kombucha without a scoby is vulnerable to any bacteria, good or bad, that’s floating around the environment. This means that you need to be extra vigilant during this time: make sure the jar and utensils you use are squeaky-clean and rinsed of any soap residue; keep the growing kombucha covered and away from direct sunlight; also keep the jar somewhere out of the way where it won’t get jostled; wash your hands before touching or handling the scoby.

Using the liquid used to grow the scoby: The liquid used to grow the scoby will likely be too strong and vinegary to drink (and if you’re not used to drinking kombucha or very vinegary beverages, it can give you a stomach ache). You can use it to start your first batch of kombucha, or you can use it as a cleaning solution on your counters.
P.S. You’ll also sometimes hear scobys referred to as “kombucha mothers” or “kombucha mushrooms.” If you read or hear references to these things, know that it’s all the same thing.There’s really no arguing that it’s ugly. And kind of alien-looking. And yeah, even downright gross. But dang it! Scobys make some delicious kombucha! If you want to save a few bucks on your ‘booch habit, there’s just no getting around it. You’re going to need a scoby.

How long can a SCOBY survive?
Each individual scoby can brew for around 6-9 months depending on how it is used but in reality you generally use the newest scoby you have so you will have switched to a new baby well before then.
Be safe: if you suspect something has gone wrong, then toss the batch and start a new one. Use your best judgement — though I know this is hard because growing a scoby isn’t exactly something most of us have done before! It’s a weird process! Know that if something is wrong, it will inevitably get worse; if it’s a normal part of the process, it will even out.The bacteria and yeast in the SCOBY work to break down the sugars in the tea base of the kombucha. Then, they convert them to alcohol, carbon dioxide, and acids. This process gives kombucha its tangy, fizzy taste.

The SCOBY in your kombucha is the essential ingredient that makes kombucha what it is: a fantastic fermented beverage with a great flavor and potential benefits for your health, immune system, and more. Discovering what a SCOBY is made of and how it impacts both the kombucha process and your body when you drink it can help you appreciate it’s potential.At Brew Dr, we combine only the best ingredients to make an organic, raw, and delicious beverage that will make your gut microbiome do a happy dance. Contact us today to learn more about our products and find your favorite flavor.A SCOBY, or Symbiotic Culture of Bacteria and Yeast, is the fermentation starter that kicks off kombucha fermentation. The SCOBY is made up of lactic acid bacteria, acetic acid bacteria, and yeast. It serves an essential role in creating the delicious flavors and nutritional advantages of your favorite kombucha beverages.We can start answering the question of what a SCOBY is made of by taking a look at the acronym to begin exploring the essential ingredients in the SCOBY.

The healthy bacteria present in a SCOBY can help prevent overgrowth of bad bacteria in the body. While it may not eliminate the risk of those potential health challenges, it may help reduce them. Overall, regularly consuming kombucha as part of an overall healthy diet can help fight the challenges presented by bad bacteria.
When kombucha is brewed, it begins with tea leaves and water, just like you brew tea at home. Add the right amount of sugar, bacteria and yeast, and leave the culture in a just-right environment. Voila! Fermentation begins.

Symbiotic: An interaction between two different organisms living in close physical association. A symbiotic relationship generally means that both types of organisms work together in harmony, providing benefits for both. The symbiotic ingredients in the SCOBY are carefully chosen for their positive association and the fact that they will build on one another to create the desired reaction: in this case, the fermentation process and its benefits.
As you consider, ”What is a SCOBY made of?” you may, at first, wonder if that particular combination of ingredients will actually offer enough benefits to be worth it. However, as you learn more about the ingredients in a SCOBY and what it does, you will find that it offers a number of advantages to the kombucha you love as well as creating some gut-healthy perks that will keep you coming back to this delicious beverage.

You’ve decided that kombucha’s tangy taste is a great addition to your regular diet. It’s lower in sugar than soda, and hey, it offers some health benefits, too, right? The SCOBY present in kombucha is a critical part of many of those healthy benefits.
The bacteria and yeast present in the SCOBY in your kombucha can go a long way toward improving that gut health and creating a diverse microbiome. As you note improving gut health, you may find that it’s easier to lose weight, maintain healthy blood sugar, or avoid illness.

Can you make beer with a SCOBY?
The primary yeast in making Kombucha Scoby is Saccharomyces and Brettanomyces, so yes, it will make beer, and theoretically, you could make a sour beer from it.
If you look into any raw kombucha bottle, you’ll likely find ”bits of stuff” floating in it. These bits are small amounts of the SCOBY, and they indicate that your kombucha is alive with active cultures. It’s perfectly safe to drink and is one of the unique characteristics of kombucha.Culture: The growth of microorganisms (in the case of kombucha, microorganisms include yeast and bacteria) in a specific medium. In the case of a SCOBY, the culture is the base set of microorganisms that are placed in the kombucha mixture. A kombucha culture is essential for ensuring the healthy growth of microorganisms in the product.

During fermentation, the SCOBY is a bit more obvious. As the fermentation process progresses, the SCOBY forms into a thick, rubbery, jelly-like and cloudy mass that smells like vinegar. It may look and smell strange, but it’s actually a good sign that the kombucha is fermenting exactly the way it should.

Your kombucha blend may contain antioxidants, which have been linked to a number of potential health benefits. Antioxidants are, effectively, substances in some foods that can help reduce free radical damage in the body. Antioxidants are typically found in fruits and vegetables but can also be found in a number of teas.
Antioxidants can also help protect against cardiovascular disease and lower the risk of a heart attack. They may help prevent cholesterol molecules in the blood from becoming plaques, which may interfere with the flow of blood through the body and create a number of health challenges. With regular antioxidant consumption, many people find that they can slow those processes and increase their overall health.These antioxidants may depend in part on the type of tea used to brew your kombucha. Many types of tea, including black and green teas, have antioxidants that can help fight aging and improve health outcomes.

Consuming antioxidants on a regular basis may help lower the risk of developing many types of cancer. Antioxidants help protect against cellular damage, which can decrease the risk that they will grow cancerous over time.
Many of the common activities of daily life, including a high-sugar diet, drinking alcohol on a regular basis, and even taking antibiotics can interfere with the gut microbiome under normal circumstances. Drinking kombucha, on the other hand, can make it easier for you to maintain your gut health even during periods of high stress or illness, which can wreak havoc on the gut microbiome.

The rubbery, mushroom cap-looking SCOBY is removed before kombucha is bottled and consumed, but traces still remain in the bottle. Interestingly, a SCOBY can be reused as a starter for the next batch of kombucha. It continues to grow with each new batch of kombucha and can be safely divided to share the love.
Bacteria: Kombucha relies on a combination of healthy bacteria specifically chosen to aid in the fermentation process. The bacteria found in kombucha typically includes Lactobacillus nagelii, Gluconace tobacter, Gluconobacter, and Komagataeibacter, but many others can be present These probiotics can help offer a number of potential health advantages, including improving overall gut health in people who drink kombucha regularly.Yeast: The final essential ingredient in a kombucha SCOBY is yeast: the fermenting ingredient that helps break down the sugars included in the kombucha mixture. The yeast in kombucha can help build overall gut health.

Having healthy bacteria in your gut is an essential part of your overall health and wellness. Studies find that having a diverse microbiome comprised of healthy bacteria can help the body process important nutrients and decrease the risk of developing a number of chronic diseases and conditions, including cancer, obesity, and diabetes. Maintaining gut health can make a huge difference in your ability to fight off disease, maintain your immune system, and more.
Having good bacteria like those found in a SCOBY can make a big difference when it comes to fighting off the bad bacteria that can cause negative health impacts. It’s not just about maintaining a healthy immune system—fighting off bad bacteria can also help you:While the tea base of kombucha does have its own benefits, the SCOBY helps bring in the bacteria and fermentation factor that can help increase those benefits and make kombucha the fan-favorite beverage it is. Let’s look at a few of the benefits. Kombucha is known to be very good for people with diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, constricted arteries. Known to increase your metabolism. People that are Kombucha enthusiasts believe it can heal everything. Although that’s not proven, it is very good for you. Unpasteurized kombucha is sometimes referred to as a Pro Biotic Super-food because of it’s living bacteria. Kombucha is thought to have originated in Northern China but also has been traditionally consumed in Russia & Eastern Europe for centuries.

In 2019 we created a new label called Really Good Karma for the production of Kombucha. The logo, is of three lines of a symmetrical curve. The name is self explanatory. Kombucha is a fermented black tea, very sour, that is good for your skin, hair & digestive system.
SCOBY. Symbiotic Culture Of Bacteria and Yeast. This is a syntrophic mixed culture, generally associated with kombucha production wherein a ethanol fermentation(by yeast), a anaerobic organic acid fermentation (by bacteria), and a aerobic ethanol oxidation to acetate (by bacteria) all take place concurrently along a oxygen gradient. A gelatinous, cellulose-based bio-film called a pellicle forms at the air-liquid interface and is also sometimes referred to as a SCOBY.Many Kombuchas taste like vinegar. They do contain acetic acid. But I have education as a Master Chef and am very good at balancing flavors so our Kombucha has a perfect balance of sourness and fruit.A. While it is possible for bottles to explode, it is more common for lids to fly off, or the kombucha to come spray out particularly when being opened. We recommend keeping your whole hand over the lid of the container as you open it. Check bottles for cracks or imperfections before use AND ALWAYS USE A SUITABLE BOTTLE.

A- Kombucha tea has a rich, earthy fruity taste which can vary greatly depending on the length of time it ferments, 7-30 days. This is one of the great things about making your own kombucha you can make it how you want it to taste.

A- These are simply two different brewing methods. The end result will be the same in both instances. If you are a complete newbie then i would recommend starting with the batch method as it is simpler and a bit easier.
Once the kombucha is brewed and bottled then you can add flavours if you wish. Herbs, spices, fruits, fruit infusions or fruit juices can all be used to flavour.A-Kombucha and water kefir can be kept either refrigerated or at room temperature for up to 2 years (consume within 10 days of opening), although watch out for the build up of naturally occurring carbonation if kept at room temperature! beware exploding bottles. The naturally acidic pH of ripe Kombucha means conditions are favourable for the growth of the kombucha culture, and inhibit the growth of molds and bacteria. In fact, as long as your Kombucha/kefir has been kept in an appropriate container (glass is best) it will just continue to mature and will eventually become like vinegar which has a multitude of uses of its own: use it in salad dressings, as a hair tonic / rinse to de-toxify and get rid of product build-up, as a non toxic cleaner or as a marinade.

What is a SCOBY pellicle made of?
SCOBY stands for Symbiotic Culture Of Bacteria and Yeast and refers to the microbes in kombucha. Culturally, though, it has become common for “SCOBY” to refer simply to the pellicle. The pellicle is made up of bacterial cellulose.
A- This can be tricky as you do not want to come back to a cupboard full of leaky bottles. I find that removing the lid and covering either with cling film secured with an elastic band works. Then if the pressure gets too high in any of the bottles it should simply burst the cling film. I also find the chiller bags that you can get at the supermarket (the kind you are supposed to use to take your chilled food home in) works really well as if you do get any leaky bottles while you are away in contains the mess. Simply pop the bottles in the bag and seal it shut. Keeping the bottles stored somewhere cool will help.

A. We strongly recommend following the tea/sugar/water/starter tea ratios indicated in our instructions. These ratios encourage a proper balance, which discourages the growth of mold and the spoiling of the batch. It also helps ensure the SCOBY gets enough nutrients to stay happy and healthy. We are not saying that our method is the only correct method out there and you will find many different recipes online however we have successfully helped thousands and thousands of people learn to brew with this method and find that it works. We can only advise on brews that have been made following our instructions and would strongly encourage customers to only use an alternative method once they are experienced and know what problems/issues to looks out for. We would also add that most of the recipes that you will find online are designed for the American market and whilst they are not incorrect they are designed for an American audience, brewing in completely different environment to here in the UK. Due to the widely differing brewing conditions here in the UK a slightly different method is required.Water can be really easy or really tough it depends where you live. Good old fashioned tap water is fine to use so long as it does not have fluoride added. You can check this with the company that supplies your water. Tap water should be boiled and cooled to remove the chlorine BUT you will do this anyway in the process of making the tea.

A- NO, we do not advise that you ever store a kombucha culture in the fridge as it can lead to mold when you start to use it. There is nothing perishable in a scoby so there is no need for it to ever be refrigerated. Simply store your scoby at room temperature for up to 4 weeks. Keep away from any direct sources of heat (radiators etc) and out of direct sunlight.
we advise testing your kombucha around day 5-7. It should no longer taste like tea, sour and vinegary and a little like apple cider vinegar. The longer you leave the brew the less sugar will be left in it and the more sour it will taste.

A- The culture may sink, float or sit sideways. Any of these is normal and will not affect the brewing process. It is possible for a scoby to do all of the above during a single brew.
When flavouring we suggest a ratio of 1/3 flavour (Juice, fruit tea etc) 2/3 kombucha but there are no hard and fast rules on this. Experiment and see what works best for you.

Is SCOBY a mushroom?
No, a kombucha SCOBY is not a mushroom or fungus. SCOBY stands for Symbiotic Culture of Bacteria and Yeast. It has been falsely called a mushroom because the organism kind of looks like a mushroom cap. In scientific terms a SCOBY might be referred to as a zoogleal mat, biofilm or pellicle.
We recommend that you do not brew more than 2L per brew with one of our large scobies and 1L per brew with one of our medium scobies (we cannot offer advise on scobies purchased elsewhere).Please note our bottles are clear but this is because they are not made by kilner. It is only clear Kilner branded bottles that are not suitable, if they are fermenting bottles that are pressure tested (ours are) then they are suitable. It is not the colour per say that is important it is the type of glass they are made from and non of the clear glass swing lids bottles that are manufactured by kilner are suitable for carbonated drinks.

A-Scobies are actually very hardy cultures so just keep culturing. One of the few downsides to kombucha is that as they are live and natural there is no off switch. Scobies do not do well in the fridge so the best thing to so is just carry on brewing. while the normal brewing time for a batch of kombucha is 7-30 days, it is possible to allow a batch of kombucha to brew for up to 6 weeks, as long as the culturing area is not too warm. Ensure that if you are using any heat trays etc they are switched off and we would recommend changing the sweet tea in your brew just before you go so they have the maximum nutrients to keep them going while you are away. The kombucha that is brewed while you are away may be too vinegary to be palatable but can still be used as starter tea to start off you next batch. Kombucha can be left for up to 6 weeks before it needs to be fed again.
Bottled water can be used but try to select one that is not sparkling, does not contain high amounts of minerals and look carefully to make sure there are no additives.

You need to be careful as some tea’s that we consider tea are not actually from the tea plant mate or rooibos (redbush) for example and are therefore not suitable. Fruit infusions cannot be used and you should not use tea that has been flavoured during the brewing stage (Earl grey for example) although they can be used to flavour your drink after the brew.
A-It is not possible for a kombucha culture to be organic as it comprises of only yeasts and bacteria. There is no such thing as an organic yeast or an organic bacteria so you cannot have an organic scoby. We do however only use organic certified ingredients to grow our scobies (certificates can be supplied), so they are organically grown but they are not ”Organic”.A- Once you start brewing your scoby will very likely significantly change its appearance. They tend to get bumpy/lumpy have holes in them etc. This is all normal, a brewing scoby is not necessarily a pretty scoby. Scobies can also get bits of yeast chains etc. attached to them or incorporated in them this is also all normal. A-The quick answer is it is a fermented tea drink made using a scoby. It tastes a little like apple cider vinegar and is simple and easy to make at home. Kombucha contains a number of vitamins, particularly B vitamins. A-This really depends on the temperature and personal preferance. Kombucha can be brewed from 7 to 30 days. A longer brewing time results in less sugar and a more vinegary-flavored beverage. A shorter brew will give a more fruity sweet drink. Keep in mind that temperature will play a role in how quickly the kombucha cultures.A. Yes, as with all cultured and fermented foods, a small amount of naturally occurring alcohol is typically present in the finished product. Although the amount containted in kombucha will vary from batch to batch, the amount should be quite small, worth considering in regards to giving it to children.

A- Yes, you might have to do a bit of experimentation with different tea’s and ingredients, brew times and temperature but there is no reason why you cannot make your own kombucha taste like shop bought.
It is not unusual for the first couple of batches to not be very fizzy, this is due to the scoby settling in. If after a few batches you are still not getting much fizz then it may simply be that you need to tweak how you are brewing or how you are storing your kombucha.A-Kombucha should always be flavoured once it is brewed. You should never add extra flavours to your brew as it may damage your scoby or can cause mold.A-Kombucha should be stored in an airtight glass fermenting bottle ideally. Plastic PET bottles can be used but are not advisable for long term storage. When using glass bottles we cannot stress the importance of using bottles designed for fermentation enough. Fermentation bottles are made of thicker glass and are specifically designed to be able to withstand the pressure of second fermentation. Please be aware that Kilners range of Fermentation bottles are blue/brown (see below) if you have a clear glass bottle from Kilner , IT IS NOT SUITABLE FOR CARBONATED DRINKS only kilner bottles that are like the one below are suitable for kombucha (or water kefir). This scoby should be gently removed when your drink is ready and stored with the mother scoby. (don’t worry if mother and baby are fused together just leave them joined and your mother scoby will get bigger and bigger!) You then gently place the new scoby in your next batch. Keep doing this until your baby scoby is about ½ to ¾ inch thick. It is then ready to be used independently to brew with. Either use it to replace the mother Scoby or start another brew and make even more delicious Kombucha. You can brew more kombucha quickly using the batch method but this is only a benefit if you are actually going to drink this much kombucha. If you are not planning on drinking a lot of kombucha the batch method will likely be better. If you do not draw off from the brew often enough with the continuous method it can get very sour and mature.A- Each time you brew a batch of Kombucha tea a new starter culture will form on the surface of the brew. The original starter culture (”the mother”) and the new starter culture (”the baby”) can each be used to brew a new batch of kombucha tea. See above for how to look after and use baby scobies.

You need to use a real tea to brew kombucha so it must be from the tea plant (Camellia sinensis) this includes green tea, blue tea, white tea and black tea.
A-Kombucha tea is safe to drink and even the American Federal Drug Administration has indicated it is safe provided it is prepared in a clean manner (this is the same for any other food or beverage you are planning to consume). Like other food it is possible that the tea can become spoiled. But the risk of this happening is no greater than for any other food or beverage probably even less for Kombucha because it is a fermented beverage which contains some alcohol and is highly acidic. Alcohol helps to inhibit contamination. Millions of people all over the world drink Kombucha daily and only see positive benefits from doing so. (unfortunatley we are not allowed to make any specific health claims but we suggest researching Kombucha further to learn more about its purported benefits, you will be amazed by what you find). A lot of people pose the safety question about Kombucha because they mistakenly believe it to be a mushroom and they are aware that some mushrooms are poisonous. Kombucha is not a mushroom; it is something more like lichen, a simple plant. Please be aware if you are on any kind of medication that Kombucha may not mix well with your medication so consult your doctor before you start drinking Kombucha and if you are diabetic we suggest you speak to your GP before drinking. This is because during the fermentation the glucose that you initially put in the brew is turned into Fructose and this can be problematic for those with diabetes therefore seek the advice of your GP before you consume.A- Yes, your kombucha getting off the charts sour/vinegary very quickly is generally a sign that you have too much scoby and is usually an
issue with continuous brewing (where you can grow some monster scobies!)

You can change the flavour quite significantly just by changing the tea you are brewing with or by blending different teas (green and black tea for example) so experiment with different teas (must be a real tea though).
If you have a natural water source (spring, well or bore) then do be careful as natural bacteria in the water can contaminate your brew and or scobies. We do not recommend this as a source of water.A. Yes. The cloudy white layer is the beginning of a new baby kombucha culture. The formation of a new culture is one sign that your batch of kombucha is fermenting properly. It will start off looking like a film on the top of the brew and will get thicker. The speed at which the baby scoby starts to form and grow depends on temperature. Not all baby scobies form in a uniform manner so it can grow in patches. This is also normal. Q. My kombucha tea has been fermenting for a little while and is developing brown stringy particles (some look like tentacles coming off my scoby!). Is this normal? Please be careful when you start brewing with baby scobies as if you try to brew too much Kombucha with too small a scoby you risk getting Mold. Start with small batches and work up to a bigger volume as your scoby grows.

During your brew you will notice that a new scoby will start to form as a thin white layer on the top of your brew (or as a new layer on the top of your scoby if your scoby is floating on the surface of your brew).
A-Brewing kombucha tea in a cupboard is perfectly fine (check the temperature is acceptable). However, do not put kombucha tea in direct sunlight. It is important to keep fermenting kombucha out of direct sunlight and away from excessive heat or cold. The kombucha brew does not have to be kept in the dark, so on the kitchen counter for example is fine it just should not be kept in direct sunlight.A-Yes, with proper care kombucha cultures can be reused many times. The cultures will multiply, and as a practical matter – you will likely recycle or compost older cultures after a few months or sooner. Each individual scoby can brew for around 6-9 months depending on how it is used but in reality you generally use the newest scoby you have so you will have switched to a new baby well before then.

Can SCOBY make alcohol?
Fermentation occurs through the action of bacteria and yeast contained in the kombucha scoby. In this process, yeast eat the sugar found in sweetened tea. As they digest it, they produce CO2 as well as alcohol.
So you have just started to brew and now you are not sure what to do or where to start looking for help! Fear not we are here. Below we have complied a list of our most frequently asked questions and the answers. If you need any further assistance then do feel free to email us [email protected] or check out our blog which is full of help and advice. A- We recommend dehydrated scobies for international deliveries, if you are planning to travel with your scoby or if you are giving the scoby as a gift as they are more shelf stable and do not require any special conditions to keep them happy and healthy. The outcome will be the same with either type of scoby. You will be able to make yummy kombucha with both but the dehydrated scobies need to be activated before use so they take longer to get brewing. If you live in the UK and are planning to use your scoby straight away then go with a live fresh scoby otherwise go with a dehydrated scoby. Basically if you do not have enough scoby for the volume of tea you are trying to brew their is high risk of mold. If you have too much scoby the brew will simply go faster and may be a little vinegary so always best to be safe.A- All of our live fresh scobies include enough starter tea for your first brew in the batch (The procedure is different for dehydrated scobies- simply follow the instructions for those) so you do not need extra starter tea. You then use a small amount of your first brew to start off your next brew and so on.

In regards to sugar, kombucha does not like highly mineralised sugars so the lighter the sugar the better and although you can technically use coconut or rapadura sugar we find that cane sugar works best (and tastes best). A- Yes, especially here in the UK where you are brewing at the lower end of the kombucha temperature scale. In theory you can brew many litres of Kombucha from a tiny scoby BUT only if the scoby is powerful enough and only in the right environment. As the brewing temperatures here in the UK are quite low the reality is you will simply get mold. The quick answer is you would make a batch of sweet tea (must be real tea, full instructions are provided) and then you float a kombucha scoby in the brew to ferment it.You’re probably familiar with that leathery pancake we call a scoby. Scoby stands for Symbiotic Culture of Bacteria and Yeast. “Symbiotic” means that the bacteria and yeast strains live together in a complex, mutually supportive community, supporting and depending on each other. The scoby is sometimes called the mushroom, because it resembles the smooth, thick body of a mushroom.The specific bacteria and yeast strains in the kombucha are what makes it act the way it does, and what produces the fizz and very distinctive flavour kombucha is known for. A- We suggest keeping a distance of at least 4 feet between items or opposite sides of the room. When your cultured items are being stored in the refrigerator with tight-fitting lids, there is no need to keep distance between them. Yogurts are very very sensitive to cross contamination so we would advise keeping them in a different room if possible. A-The longer you leave your kombucha (either brewing or conditioning in the bottle) the less sugar it will contain (but also the more sour/vinegary it will taste). At the end of a18- 30 day fermentation period, there is generally very little sugar remaining. Do not reduce the amount of sugar that you initially put into the brew as this can actually mean more sugar ending up in the final drink if the fermentation process does not fully complete. For lower sugar in your final brew or second ferment for longer and do not flavour with ingredients that will add to the sugar content.(*We do not test for specific strains of yeasts or bacteria so make no promises or guarantee’s in regards to our scobies. The above is for information only and is yeasts and bacteria that have been found in scobies not what is in our scobies.)

Food grade stainless steel – if you’re using stainless steel anywhere in the kitchen, it’s good to make sure it is grade 304 or higher. This stuff is non-reactive, won’t rust and is lightweight. I would highly recommend it for material for your spigot or fermenter if you plan to purchase one.
Have you wondered about metal and kombucha? Hopefully, this helped ease a little tension around the idea and will allow you to focus on other things like what flavor you’re going to choose next!I’m 87 and this was my first batch. Is there anything wrong with using freeze-dried organic strawberry powder in our second fermentation? Should we also add sugar and, if so, how much?

Let’s talk a little about aluminum. Aluminum is a very popular choice for kitchen products today, including pots, pans, and spoons. Aluminum is not super acid resistant, so it should be avoided when making something like cheese. With kombucha, though, you are just using your aluminum pot to brew the tea, which is pretty neutral as far as acidity goes. You can even pick up the SCOBY pellicle with your aluminum spoon. You just want to avoid prolonged exposure. As soon as you add the SCOBY and the starter tea into the equation, the acidity gets lowered, and then you want to be a little more careful with your utensils. Over time, the aluminum will start to break down due to the acidity, so you don’t want to forget your spoon in your brew jar or use your aluminum pot as your brewing vessel.
A lot of content out there that will tell you DON’T USE METAL while brewing kombucha, you’ll kill your SCOBY! But is it true though? Not really. That’s only a broad assumption that all metals are the same and that all metals will instantly leach chemicals into your brew. The reality of using metal in your kombucha brew isn’t so black and white, so let’s discuss.Hi BJ. That sounds a little weird. 304 Stainless Steel doesn’t react and shouldn’t leave a metallic taste, nor should it turn green. I have several and this does not occur. I would drain the vat and kind of take a look at the inside. What is the pH of your kombucha in there? Is the pour spout you’re using also stainless? Do you just drink it straight from the vat or do you do a secondary fermentation?

You definitely can avoid using metal if you please, although my point in writing this post is to remove a bit of stress associated with the idea of metal. As long as whatever you’re using isn’t soaking in the kombucha, as a spigot would, you don’t have to be too crazy about avoiding it. Many people suggest using wooden spoons only, and that, of course, is okay provided it hasn’t been oiled up and isn’t moldy. As far as spigots go, stainless steel is the best. The only other valve I would recommend is a wooden spigot. Always avoid plastic or cheap metal spigots. For most home brewing, one or two-gallon glass jars are a great vessel. If you decide you want to make a five-gallon batch – you can opt for the plastic brewing buckets that are available at your local homebrew supply shop.Touching your SCOBY or kombucha with metal temporary will not cause any problems. If you’re taking the time to brew your kombucha, you shouldn’t have to worry about more than you need to. As long as you’re using a standard kitchen utensil and some common sense, i.e., don’t take your rusty garden trowel and use it to stir in your sugar. So don’t worry about temporary contact; your SCOBY will be just fine.

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What makes a SCOBY grow?
You grow a new scoby from scratch by combining tea, sugar, and some pre-made kombucha. You can use homemade kombucha from a friend or store-bought kombucha, but make sure it’s a raw, unflavored variety. It also helps if you can see one of those little blobby things floating at the top or bottom of the bottle.
Rachael Ajmera, MS, RD is a registered dietitian and health writer who is passionate about plant-based nutrition and achieving better health by balancing time between the kitchen and the gym. Rachael completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Central Missouri and received her master’s degree from New York University. You can learn more on her website or follow her on Instagram and LinkedIn.You can purchase a SCOBY online, find one at a health food store or borrow one from a friend. Though the risk of contamination is low, discard the SCOBY if you notice mold, unpleasant smell or other signs of decay.