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SCOBY culture for kombucha

Post by Halifax_Jeff » Sat Feb 09, 2019 8:48 am

After a little run of some stomach issues I want to try to make some kombucha.

Anyone have SCOBY for trade/sale/offer?



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Re: SCOBY culture for kombucha

Post by mdentremont » Sat Feb 09, 2019 8:52 am

I regularly dump loads of them as I have way too many, you're definitely welcome to some!

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Re: SCOBY culture for kombucha

Post by Jimmy » Sat Feb 09, 2019 9:09 am

I found the GT's kombucha to be a great starter. Dump 1 bottle in for a 2 gallon batch, and you'll be good to go.
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Re: SCOBY culture for kombucha

Post by Halifax_Jeff » Sat Feb 09, 2019 9:29 am

Jimmy wrote:I found the GT's kombucha to be a great starter. Dump 1 bottle in for a 2 gallon batch, and you'll be good to go.
Can it then be propogated further? As in buy it once and then keep building it for future batches? Completely new to this

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Re: SCOBY culture for kombucha

Post by Jimmy » Sat Feb 09, 2019 9:35 am

Yes, you'd just use the GT's kombucha as the starter for your first batch - once that batch is finished fermenting you'll have a SCOBY. You'd then use the SCOBY along with some of the fermented kombucha for your next batch. I always used a ratio of about 10% starter in a new batch (ex. 5 liter batch would get 500ml of starter, for a total volume of 5.5 liters. Continue to re-use 500ml from each batch as a starter for the next batch).
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Re: SCOBY culture for kombucha

Post by Halifax_Jeff » Sat Feb 09, 2019 9:39 am

Jimmy wrote:Yes, you'd just use the GT's kombucha as the starter for your first batch - once that batch is finished fermenting you'll have a SCOBY. You'd then use the SCOBY along with some of the fermented kombucha for your next batch. I always used a ratio of about 10% starter in a new batch (ex. 5 liter batch would get 500ml of starter, for a total volume of 5.5 liters. Continue to re-use 500ml from each batch as a starter for the next batch).
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Post by Halifax_Jeff » Sat Feb 09, 2019 12:26 pm

Do you carb your stuff in a keg of keep it still?

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Post by Jimmy » Sat Feb 09, 2019 1:58 pm

Yeah, I always carbonated in the keg.

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Post by oceanic_brew » Sun Feb 10, 2019 11:09 am

I used two old white labs kombucha scobies (scobys?), made delicious kombucha. Not worth what they charge for them but I think if you were brewing commercially and wanted to start from pure cultures of something it makes sense.


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Re: SCOBY culture for kombucha

Post by Halifax_Jeff » Sat Feb 16, 2019 12:59 pm

Can I make this stuff in a 1 gallon jug similar to a growler? Everything I see says wide mouth, but is that just to ensure you can get the scoby out at some point? If so, I think I could deal with that when the time comes.

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Re: SCOBY culture for kombucha

Post by Jimmy » Sat Feb 16, 2019 1:15 pm

Halifax_Jeff wrote:
Sat Feb 16, 2019 12:59 pm
Can I make this stuff in a 1 gallon jug similar to a growler? Everything I see says wide mouth, but is that just to ensure you can get the scoby out at some point? If so, I think I could deal with that when the time comes.
Yes you should be able to use a growler, but you likely won't get the scoby out. They get pretty thick and tough, and will probably get stuck in there.
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Re: SCOBY culture for kombucha

Post by Halifax_Jeff » Sat Feb 16, 2019 1:34 pm

What do you reccomend? Would rather not buy anything new for this thise wide motuh jars can be expensive. Possible to make in a corny?

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Re: SCOBY culture for kombucha

Post by Lisa J » Tue Feb 19, 2019 11:26 pm

Halifax_Jeff wrote:
Sat Feb 16, 2019 1:34 pm
What do you reccomend? Would rather not buy anything new for this thise wide motuh jars can be expensive. Possible to make in a corny?
I bought a 1 gallon and a 2 gallon glass jar at WalMart when I started brewing Kombucha. They were pretty cheap. I use one to brew and the other as a SCOBY hotel (like a storage unit for SCOBYs - they multiply like crazy). You'll want glass or good quality stainless steel. (Corny's fit the bill, depending on the volume you want to make.) Definitely use a wide-mouth vessel or that SCOBY is in there for good.
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Post by KB1138 » Wed Feb 20, 2019 12:59 pm

Halifax_Jeff wrote:
Sat Feb 16, 2019 1:34 pm
What do you reccomend? Would rather not buy anything new for this thise wide motuh jars can be expensive. Possible to make in a corny?

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Re: SCOBY culture for kombucha

Post by mdentremont » Wed Feb 20, 2019 2:41 pm

I use one of the 27L PET carboys from Noble Grape. I've been pumping 25L liters in it every month for over a year now and its been great

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Re: SCOBY culture for kombucha

Post by Halifax_Jeff » Thu Feb 21, 2019 4:59 pm

All very good suggestions! Thanks

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Re: SCOBY culture for kombucha

Post by wintershortsguy » Thu Feb 28, 2019 9:38 am

I have tons I can give you. Once you start is unlimited. Each bottle makes a new Scooby.

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