Monday, January 14, 2013

Kombucha Scoby Follow-Up

For all of those who have been interested in my Kombucha Scoby tea, I have some pics. 
We gave it a try yesterday.
The recipe says to let it work 7-14 days. If you prefer a sweeter tea go for shorter time and everyone knows what a sweet tooth I have. 
So..8 days it was.
I have been peeking at it every day. The curiosity has been building also.
My directions said it would get bubbly or fizzy. It did some but not quite what I was expecting but of course I changed the directions and bought flavored black tea. 
Here we go!
Here's the mother scoby and maybe a baby starting?
I'll be honest the look on the old man's(hubby) face was worth the whole adventure and I too was wondering what am I in for.
Oh..I think there's more scoby in there...gotta fish that out..
I wasn't brave. I started with a sip.
It wasn't at all slimy or anything.
The flavor wasn't horrible it just isn't a taste I'm inclined to like.
The Old Man gave it a taste. He gave it a nod and "it's alright."
We decided we might like it better on ice. That's how I usually drink tea. 
It was better. Jack, my six year old came in and wanted in on it. 
He took a taste and grinned and said he liked it.
My fifteen year old came in and also agreed to taste it.
She made quite a face and shook her head in a  less than approving way.
She is also a southern sweet tea lover like me.

I wasn't willing to settle with a one shot deal so I started me another batch. This time I'm just using the orange pekoe and black tea bags that I use with my ice tea. Maybe the flavor will be more what I'm use to. It may also be fizzier and bubble more. 

My daughter that gave me the recipe said the tea she had tried was flavored with ginger and maybe lemon. I think that might please me better also. If I flavor the second batch I'll do it after the fact.

Since starting my kombucha tea, I was also advice to use green tea and flavor with fruit juice after my tea is done. I'm willing to try that out too. I steered clear of the green tea because I really don't love it. I am positive that it also has many health benefits too but I haven't had any that I enjoyed. 

It hasn't been long enough for me to feel any health benefits but I'll throw a little post up when the next batch is done. Then we'll see!

Thanks for stopping by


  1. Hmmm I'm still curious, but want to wait for you to perfect the process. :D


    1. I don't know if I'll ever really perfect a process but I will tell you I peaked at it this morning when I got home from work and it is already getting the little bubbles. It also has a sweet smell and I think the color is looking richer and not cloudy. I think the perfect process depends on how you prefer tea. I love spices in breads and such but I don't really want it in my tea. Mama was even interested in it. That was a little surprising but daddy her really like green tea.

      p.s. It should produce a baby scoby for sharing.

  2. I've been so curious about your scoby kombucha adventure! Perhaps I should try it this summer when I am craving something cool to drink. Even thinking about cold tea right now makes me shiver; I'm just not a winter weather person! But now I'm wondering if you could heat it up? So interesting! Have a wonderful and blessed day!

    1. I think my problem with the whole adventure is that I've never experienced it before trying it. I don't really know what would be right or wrong. It has been fun trying something new. It's fun just saying, "Kombucha Scoby"

  3. Hi Lynn! I nominated you for the Liebster Award, check out my link for the details. You have always given me such encouragement and can't wait to laern more about you!

    1. Thanks so much for the nomination and your sweet words. Often I'm the one inspired by you.