growing kombucha

I started a culture of Kombucha two days ago. I brewed up about a gallon of white tea, added 1 cup of Rapadura (raw sugar) and let it cool to room temperature. Then I added a half a bottle of store-bought Kombucha from the fridge. When I was done with all that, it looked like a big jar of brown.

Today Anabel gave me a baby Kombucha culture that she had been saving for me. I told her that I didn't think my brew was doing anything yet but when I came home from knitting and lifted the paper towel to add the baby I saw a little spot of white growing on the top of the liquid and there was the distinct smell of Kombucha already. I dumped in her baby and a couple of hours later I wanted to take another picture and noticed many more spots!

It looks like I'm making progress already. I better start saving plastic water bottles to put it in when it's ready to drink.

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4 thoughts on “growing kombucha

  1. Sujatin April 16, 2007 / 1:22 am

    I'd forgotten about Kombucha – must see if I can get a culture. It does take over your life rather – sure it's not an invasion of Triffids?

  2. abigailvr April 16, 2007 / 9:45 pm

    Uh oh, I didn't know it takes over your life! I do keep peeking in the jar. It's starting to look weird in there. Okay, weirder. 😉

  3. Nolin April 16, 2007 / 11:04 pm

    I have always wanted to try making my own — thanks for reminding me that it is do-able. Neat pics too!

  4. abigailvr April 17, 2007 / 11:00 pm

    Any time! I hope that it really is do-able. My jar doesn't look that appetizing at this particular moment. 🙂

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