Growing first Kombucha ‘Scoby’

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Growing a Scoby for making Kombucha

In the above photograph you will see a white coloured solid floating on top of the liquid.  This is a Scoby that has grown in a combination of tea, sugar and Kombucha for two weeks. The word Scoby is an acronym – Symbiotic Culture Of Bacteria and Yeast.   This one is not as thick a Scoby as would grow in the hotter seasons in the same time period.  It is November and many suppliers stop shipping now until the following Spring.  This Scoby will grow thicker with each batch of tea set for brewing.

Affordable On-line  Scoby Purchase

The above Scoby pictured  was created by using a raw, unpasteurized and unflavored Kombucha drink from a grocer that still has culture sediment in the bottle.  It was combined with a tea and sugar mixture and set aside in a dark and warm spot for two weeks.  It is an easy recipe.  It was as easy as mixing up sweetened water for hummingbirds!

The benefits as the Scoby forms is that it coverts the sugar and covers the liquid sealing it.

The Supplies:

  • Black or Green Tea
  • Sterilized Mason Jar
  • Cheese Cloth or Coffee Filter
  • Sterilized spoons for stirring
  • Sterilized bowl
  • Kettle
  • White Sugar
  • Bottle of  Raw Komucha from grocer with culture floating in bottle


The ingredients:

2 Regular Black  or Green Tea Bags

  • Organic without added oils

1/4 cup White Sugar

  • Organic

1 – 1/2 cup of Water 

1 – 1/2 cup of raw Kombucha Drink with culture


  1. Bring Tea Bags to boil in small pot on stove and let sit to infuse.
  2. After 5 minutes or less, add sugar and stir to dissolve
  3. Let sit until room temperature
  4. Pour tea infusion and Kombucha with culture into glass mason jar
  5. Cover with cheese cloth or coffee filter
  6. Put mason jar in a warm location out of the sun

In warm climates the Scoby could appear in as soon as 6 to 7 days.  However in colder regions it will take up to 14 days.  It is wise to leave it sit without jostling the jar.  when I have checked the batch before giving it time to form it doesn’t create a Scoby!  When I leave it alone a beautiful one forms!

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Your first Scoby – Now what?

After you Scoby forms you are ready to make your first batch of Kombucha!  The culture that you have on top of your mason jar supports the fermentation of your tea solution to create a natural carbonated drink.  Read more:

Lifespan of your Scoby

Your Scoby will create a new baby one during the brewing process of your Kombucha Tea.  This baby one can be used in the next brew or it can be stored in some Kombucha at room temperature for a short time.  The mother Scoby as it is called can be used for another batch of brew, however will only be active for a month before losing effectiveness.

Health & Wellness Benefits of Kombucha

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