KOMBUCHA TROUBLESHOOTING

Where can I find the guide for making kombucha tea?

See: How to make kombucha tea guide.

 

What are the signs that my scoby is making kombucha tea properly?

When you first put your scoby into the sweet tea, it might sink, float or hover sideways. It's okay. Around the fourth day, you should see some white specks or thin layer of jelly on the top of the liquid. It is a sure sign your kombucha is fermenting properly. Other signs to look out for would be, the liquid lightens in colour and a vinegary smell coming from your brewing vessel.

There is a cloudy layer developing on top of the liquid. Is this normal?

Yes! The cloudy jelly like white layer is the beginning of a new baby kombucha scoby. It will take the shape of whatever vessel you are using to brew your kombucha tea. You might also see brown stringy yeasty bits attaching to your new scoby, that's totally normal. They are a natural byproduct of the fermentation process. 

My kombucha does not sit on top of the liquid, it sank to the bottom of my container /  is floating sideways. Is this normal?

The scoby may sink, float, or sit sideways. Any of these is normal and will not effect the brewing process.

 

I want to take a break from making kombucha tea. What should i do?

It's easy. All you have to do is prepare the usual sweet tea + finished kombucha tea concoction and put your scoby in. Cover and store away until ready to resume. Remember, don't keep scoby in the fridge and if it ever looks like the liquid is running low, top up with sweet tea to continue "feeding" your scoby. 

 

My kombucha scoby has a hole in it. Can I still use it?

Kombucha scoby will work just fine even with holes or if they have been torn or misshaped. Even a small kombucha culture will effectively ferment a full gallon of kombucha.

 

How do i prevent mold?

The likelihood of encountering mold is very very low, if you are brewing your kombucha properly.  Brewing vessel should ideally be kept in a well ventilated location, out of direct sunlight and with the cover securely fastened. Once mold has developed, you should throw away your scoby and any liquid in it. Clean and sanitize/sterilize all equipment and start over.