We are excited to say that we are now selling fresh Kombucha SCOBY’s (“Mothers”). They are fresh and healthy, with starter liquid. Each SCOBY is about 6″ diameter. We grow ours in gallon mason jars- available at old timey hardware stores. We are happy to give you all the advice you want, and the tea recipe we use! Please, feel free to email me questions, and/or request a SCOBY! $15 each, I will bring it to market for you! firstname.lastname@example.org
For a gallon batch-
Boil 4 cups water (un-chlorinated), add 4-6 tea bags (green and black, preferably organic). Let steep 10-15mins.
Remove tea bags, add 1 C organic sugar (Yes, 1 whole cup! its not for you, its for the SCOBY!)
Add cold water to make a total of 1 gallon of sweet tea. Check the temp- it should be mid 70s-80s. if it is too hot, add ice.
Add your starter liquid, and your SCOBY on top.
Cover with a thin cotton cloth (Not a paper towel, Not cheesecloth). Cover tightly with a canning jar band or several rubber bands (you would be amazed how determined fruit flies and spiders can be).
Let incubate for 7-14 days, in a warm place (room temp, mid 70s-ish), with plenty of air circulation. (Not a closed cabinet). An open pantry is perfect. It does Not want to be in the sun.
If your SCOBY is sinking, it is likely too cold, and you may want to get a seedling heat pad (available at 5th Season in Cville, they are cheap.) It will take a long time to ferment the tea if it is too cold. Seedling heat pads are the way to go because they stay on. Normal heating pads turn off after 2 hours.
After a week, try your tea! dip in a little tea cup. See if you like it.
If you do, you can mix it with juice and bottle it, or drink it un-bottled. Either way, once it is fermented to your liking, you want to refrigerate the tea so it stops fermenting. If you bottle it, it will naturally carbonate in a few days!
Keep two cups of the fermented tea to use as starter liquid for your next batch! And save your mother and daughters (keep them covered with starter liquid at all times) for your next batch.