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Kombucha Tea Q & A Part Two

kombucha tea questions and answers part 2

When I originally published my Kombucha Tea Questions & Answers post, I believed I’d definitively answered all the most frequently asked questions about kombucha tea. But then YOU happened.

You commented with even more questions. Today, I’ve invited Hannah Crum from Kombucha Kamp to answer these new questions. The fine folks over there are my Kombucha experts, the people I ask whenever I need kombucha answers. Thank you, Hannah, for lending us your wisdom!

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Kombucha SCOBY Experiment

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A few years ago, I wrote a post on how to grow a kombucha scoby that skyrocketed to the top of search engine results. It wasn’t about brewing kombucha, but about how to grow your own kombucha starter culture. It’s affectionately called a “mother” and is also known as a SCOBY — a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast.

At first, readers emailed me about the post saying “WOW. I did it! I can’t believe it worked. I’m so happy to have my own kombucha scoby and to start brewing kombucha. Thank you.”

Then about a year ago, I started getting emails saying “I couldn’t get it to work. I bought a bottle of store-bought kombucha tea, but I couldn’t grow a kombucha scoby from it. HELP!”

What happened? Why did my instructions for growing a kombucha scoby no longer work?

Finally, I decided I wanted to know which way of growing a kombucha scoby is best. Could I still successfully grow a scoby from store bought kombucha tea? I experimented with three kombucha scoby cultures — fresh, dehydrated, and store-bought — to find out!

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Kombucha Questions & Answers

For those new to making kombucha, the process can be intimidating. Every little thing is confusing. Does it matter if my kombucha SCOBY sinks? Can I cut my SCOBY in half? Why can’t I ferment the kombucha SCOBY with fruit juice? How much sugar is left in the kombucha when it’s done? How can I tell when my kombucha is done? It’s taking an unusually long time for my SCOBY to grow. How long is enough?

Today, I’m answering these and other frequently asked questions about kombucha. Hope it helps!

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Why Choose the Continuous Brew Method of Making Kombucha Tea?

One of the first posts I ever shared on Food Renegade was a method of brewing flavored kombucha called the double fermentation method. It was the only method I’d ever really known about. Eventually, I heard about alternative brewing methods, including the continuous brew method. So, I asked Hannah Crum of Kombucha Kamp to tell us all about it. What follows is an interview with Hannah.

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