John Elliott wrote:
Joanne McCartney wrote: I don't suppose just washing it with clear water and starting over would help?
I don't think so. These yeasts we are talking about are not much bigger than white blood cells. They float through the air with the greatest of ease and can hide in really tiny places on your scoby. If they have decided this is a good place to set up camp and get into a commensal relationship with some Kombucha fungi, they are going to be very hard to evict.
But look on the bright side, you can be the first on your block with naturally carbonated Kombucha. Add some sugar to it, and they may even give it a bit of a kick.
Amos Burkey wrote:
Joanne McCartney wrote:Scarlet, do you just store hem with the brown sugar and water or with tea as well? I would like to store mine and keep them as well. I did discard the first one because it wasn't very big and looked kind of lumpy.
You can store your SCOBY for 4-6 weeks at a time by placing it in a fresh sugar/tea solution. You can then replace about 80% of the liquid with new sugar/tea solution and go another 4-6 weeks.
If you have more than 2 extra SCOBY's, share with a friend or neighbor. Kombucha for everyone!