3 Signs That Kombucha Fermentation Is Going Well

A brief final word on brewing your own kombucha, for those of your who have embarked upon making your own but need some reassurance that it’s going as expected.  Here are a few signs that kombucha fermentation is going well:

  • A new SCOBY “daughter” is growing on the top as a smooth film. After 2 or 3 batches, she’s ready to be separated from the “mother” and used to make new kombucha. Keep the daughter as a backup (she can be stored in the refrigerator, covered in ½ cup of kombucha) or give her to a friend.
  • Nothing that looks like bread mold is growing on the surface. (NEVER SMELL ANY MOLD! All mold reproduce via microscopic spores; inhaling these can lead to a severe respiratory infection.)
  • The brew has a slight, tart vinegar aroma.

January 06 2009 08:34 am | Kombucha

2 Responses to “3 Signs That Kombucha Fermentation Is Going Well”

  1. Monique Conroy on 08 Jun 2011 at 10:07 pm #

    Can you give me info on how to get a Kombucha fermentation started? My godfather has drank this tea for years and he claims it has kept his hair black. My husband wants me to do this for him also. Do you send me the start up kit? please help thank you!

  2. Aubrey on 09 Jun 2011 at 3:04 pm #

    HI Monique -

    Thanks for the comment! You will need to purchase a starter scoby or find one from a friend. Unfortunately, we at Arbor Teas do not sell them. But, I bet a quick search on the internet will turn up several suppliers.

    Good Luck!

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