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What on earth is wrong with my Kombucha?

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Created May 16, 2012 at 10:11 AM

This Morning I discovered some greyish thing growing on my scoby. Is it mold or is it growing another scoby? It doesn't look mouldy but its definitely slimy.

This is the second batch i've made so I don't know much about Kombucha but I don't want to be

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on May 19, 2012
at 07:36 PM

Yes it is acidic. You're right, my scoby is huge. That's how I got it. I didn't know I could throw it out. Thanks for all the info. Really helpful

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on May 19, 2012
at 07:35 PM

You're right, my scoby is huge. That's how i got it. I didn't know I could throw it out. Thanks for all the info. Really helpful.

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on May 17, 2012
at 02:43 PM

I have recently begin using lemongrass in my second fermentation, it adds a nice, light lemony flavor without the added 'bite' of lemon juice.

66974b2cb291799dcd661b7dec99a9e2

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on May 17, 2012
at 02:30 PM

My 2 best flavors are ginger/lemon and cherry (I use dried cherries) - both taste great and my kids love them both. My ferment time varies depending on the temperature in the house, summer 5-7 days, in winter 12-14 days on average.

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on May 16, 2012
at 07:25 PM

Josh - on another note, what is your favorite way to flavor your kombucha? Also, what length of brew time do you find ideal? My first batch has been going for 13 days now and trying to decide which flavors to do!

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on May 16, 2012
at 02:50 PM

yes. it is a milky whitish colour. This is not fuzzy or black/blush. It doesn't smell mouldy at all.

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on May 16, 2012
at 02:49 PM

Cannot seem to get a better picture but it is definitely not mouldy.

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on May 16, 2012
at 02:07 PM

I agree with jjtitus - looks like new scoby growth (but that pic is not very clear) - my scobies have similar colorations - almost a milky whitish color. Mold looks like mold - typically fuzzy & black or blush in color. I trust my nose too if it smells moldy then it gets tossed out. I have been brewing my own kombucha for years now and rarely get mold growth.

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on May 16, 2012
at 02:50 PM

yes. it is a milky whitish colour. This is not fuzzy or black/blush. It doesn't smell mouldy at all.

Ebcbbdcb8b727e69e06eaa102d49a84c

(1804)

on May 16, 2012
at 07:25 PM

Josh - on another note, what is your favorite way to flavor your kombucha? Also, what length of brew time do you find ideal? My first batch has been going for 13 days now and trying to decide which flavors to do!

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on May 19, 2012
at 01:04 AM

Looks Good , Seems like it needs a few more days of fermenting as long as it dose not turn black ,green , or fuzzy you should be ok a good place for kombucha answers is www.royalkombucha.com they even have a kombucha help line @ 323-787-3858 for first time brewers even if you didnt purchase a scoby from them . Good luck.

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on May 16, 2012
at 01:45 PM

It's kind of hard to tell from the image, but are you talking about the greyish/white stuff growing around the center? That just looks like the start to a new SCOBY...

A better (in focus) pic might be helpful too... in general, mold is fuzzy looking, not slimy...

5759bd89db5f73cabe0a6e8f8e6e1cb9

(1467)

on May 16, 2012
at 02:49 PM

Cannot seem to get a better picture but it is definitely not mouldy.

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Ebcbbdcb8b727e69e06eaa102d49a84c

on May 16, 2012
at 06:34 PM

Mine looked like this too but it turned out to be the baby SCOBY. Wait about 2 days and you will be able to tell for sure.

One good indicator: Fuzz = mold = throw away!

66974b2cb291799dcd661b7dec99a9e2

(11121)

on May 17, 2012
at 02:43 PM

I have recently begin using lemongrass in my second fermentation, it adds a nice, light lemony flavor without the added 'bite' of lemon juice.

66974b2cb291799dcd661b7dec99a9e2

(11121)

on May 17, 2012
at 02:30 PM

My 2 best flavors are ginger/lemon and cherry (I use dried cherries) - both taste great and my kids love them both. My ferment time varies depending on the temperature in the house, summer 5-7 days, in winter 12-14 days on average.

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on May 16, 2012
at 11:21 AM

Looks like a mold to me. I had similar growth on mine; I sent a picture of it to Cultures for Health and they told me to throw out the batch and the SCOBY. As I purchased my original from them, they sent me another SCOBY free of charge.

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on May 19, 2012
at 06:34 PM

Is it acidic? If it's very acidic it will not grow mold.

Your scoby looks huge. Throw out most of it! You can throw out the whole thing and it will just grow back.

The length of time to brew is dependent on temperature. At room temp (68-70) is should take about a week. More if you like it stronger. Don't be afraid to taste it. If you use less than 10% started kombucha it will take longer also. Really, use at least 10%, if not 15%.

Flavor with what ever you like, but keep in mind that things like ginger will inhibit bacteria if you add it to the brew. Flavor after you've taken it out.

Good luck!

5759bd89db5f73cabe0a6e8f8e6e1cb9

(1467)

on May 19, 2012
at 07:35 PM

You're right, my scoby is huge. That's how i got it. I didn't know I could throw it out. Thanks for all the info. Really helpful.

5759bd89db5f73cabe0a6e8f8e6e1cb9

(1467)

on May 19, 2012
at 07:36 PM

Yes it is acidic. You're right, my scoby is huge. That's how I got it. I didn't know I could throw it out. Thanks for all the info. Really helpful

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on May 16, 2012
at 03:43 PM

Looks fine to me. You can usually tell by a sniff test.

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