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How To Grow A Kombucha Scoby

Kombucha is one of our favorite drinks, but it can be pretty pricey. We had a kombucha scoby we had bought several years ago, but it went bad during one of our remodels (we hadn’t been using it regularly because of all of the dust) so we set out to grow our own. It was surprisingly super easy!
There are several things that you will want to do:
  1. Have a clean environment – You won’t want this in a place you have moldy things or culturing things
  2. Sterilize your jar and utensils to get a clean culture
  3. Don’t use tap water but bottled so there is no chlorine in the water
  4. Gallon jars work really well for this
 

Growing A Kombucha Scoby -What You Will Need

 
  • Gallon size jar with lid
  • Flour sack towel or other clean lint free cloth
  • Large rubber band or tie to secure fabric
  • 1 gallon bottled water
  • Mixing Spoon
  • Pot to heat water
  • Black Tea Bags
  • Sugar
  • Measuring cups
  • Label
 

 

1 Gallon-sized Glass Jar
3 Quarts of Spring Water
1 Cup of Organic Raw Sugar
4 Bags of Black Tea
1 Cup of Unflavored Kombucha Tea
Clean White Flour Sack Cloth
Rubber Band or Twine

 

Instructions to grow a kombucha scoby

 

Sterilize your jar and spoon with boiling water.  

Put 1 1/2  quarts of water in your gallon size glass jar and the other 1 1/2 quarts in your pan.
Heat and add your sugar and stir until dissolved.  Add your tea bags and let steep for 10 minutes.
 
 
 
After 10 minutes have passed remove the tea bags from the packaging and add tea to your water in the glass jar. The tea in the jar should be about 96 degrees so if it is too cool warm it up in the pan again or if it is too hot, let it cool a bit.
 
 
To this add your starter kombucha and stir gently. Cover with your flour sack and secure with rubber band or twine to keep bugs and things out of it.  Place your jar out of direct sunlight where it will be untouched from 5-8 days.
 


When the time has passed remove the kombucha scoby and 1 cup of the tea for your starter and put in your new batch of kombucha or a zip lock bag.

How To Grow A Kombucha Scoby

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Ingredients

  • 1 Gallon-sized Glass Jar
  • 3 Quarts of Spring Water
  • 1 Cup of Organic Raw Sugar
  • 4 Bags of Black Tea
  • 1 Cup of Unflavored Kombucha Tea
  • Clean White Flour Sack Cloth
  • Rubber Band or Twine

Instructions

    Sterilize your jar and spoon with boiling water.  
    Put 1 1/2  quarts of water in your gallon size glass jar and the other 1 1/2 quarts in your pan.
    Heat and add your sugar and stir until dissolved.  Add your tea bags and let steep for 10 minutes.
    After 10 minutes have passed remove the tea bags from the packaging and add tea to your water in the glass jar. The tea in the jar should be about 96 degrees so if it is too cool warm it up in the pan again or if it is too hot, let it cool a bit.
    To this add your starter kombucha and stir gently. Cover with your flour sack and secure with rubber band or twine to keep bugs and things out of it.  Place your jar out of direct sunlight where it will be untouched from 5-8 days.
    When the time has passed remove the kombucha scoby and 1 cup of the tea for your starter and put in your new batch of kombucha or a zip lock bag.

 
Already have a Scoby? Try our Kombucha Recipe!
 
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