What Happens When You Ignore Your Kombucha Scoby?
What happens when you ignore your kombucha scoby? This is what happens.
(UPDATE) And while this SCOBY will create a STRONG brew, it’s ok for your SCOBY to be that thick. Please refer to my new and improved method of making continuous brew kombucha HERE!
No, you don’t grow a yellow marker. I was only trying to give you an idea of the thickness of my kombucha scoby.
She’s huge. Out of control. A fermenting queen. Or an ignored baby.
It happens. I can ignore this birthing momma because she sits quietly fermenting all day long. Demanding nothing. Content to just brew more babies (the sweet term referring to the growth that kombucha scobies produce or slough off over time. These can then be used to start a new kombucha brew or to pass on to a friend.)
How to Maintain a Continuous Brew Kombucha
Creating a continuous brew of kombucha really is easy. Almost too easy.
I create my sweet tea the same as before.
IF you haven’t checked out my NEW method of Continuous Brew Kombucha — head on over to that blog post now!
- 3 tsp organic loose black tea
- 1 tsp organic loose green tea
- 1 – 1 1/2 cup organic cane sugar
- filtered water (I use 3 quarts)
- Kombucha SCOBY
Boil filtered water. Once bubbling, add sugar. Simmer for 10 minutes. Turn stove off. Add teas. Steep for 10-15 minutes. Strain and wait for tea to cool to room temperature.
The only part that is different is WHERE I pour my sweet tea.
I set my strainer in a “repurposed” ceramic water cooler.
Nothing fancy. Just the ceramic base that would normally hold your filtered water.
I like to take the new scoby that was formed out of the water cooler before I add my fresh tea.
Otherwise the kombucha ferments quite quickly and the taste is too strong for me. Or anyone in my family for that matter. BUT you may leave multiple scobies in the cooler without a problem.
Give the new one to a friend or compost it.
Typically, before I add my new tea, I take out “about” as much fermented kombucha that is being replaced with tea. However, if I think that the kombucha is too strong for my taste buds, I won’t take the brew out until AFTER I have added the new sweet tea.
Feel free to flavor or drink straight. Best if cold.
But remember, you DO NOT need to drink kombucha in mass quantities. Try about 1/4 cup at a time. This fermented beverage naturally detoxifies your liver. More is not always better.
Learn how to grow your own SCOBY here!