Maybe you killed your scoby, or perhaps you don’t have one and want to try to brew your own Kombucha tea. Either way as long as you have some K-tea from a previous batch (always keep at least some tea in a tightly closed glass jar in your fridge for a back-up) you can re-propagate your own scoby. This method works best if your tea has a few thread looking things in the tea. They look pretty ugly but they can easily grow into a new baby (or is it mother?) scoby.
Scoby, by the way, merely stands for a “symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast” and is not just limited to Kombucha. The same term can also used when talking about kefir grains-both milk and water. And we are talking about HEALTHY bacteria and yeast. The stuff that your gut desperately needs to keep your immune system functioning at optimal health. Good bacteria is especially vital after an anti-biotic regimen which unfortunately kills off a lot of the good bacteria as well as the bad. Kombucha tea, kefir, even yogurt to a lesser extent are all teaming with different strains of pro-biotics that your gut and butt (pro-biotics also helps elimination and even bloating in many circumstances) desperately need. The yeast helps to control bad yeast that can lead to yeast infections,thrush, and some other nasty yeast over-growth that can lead to a myriad of health problems. So, feed your gut different forms of healthy bacteria and yeast and you will notice and overall increase in your lymphatic systems (immune) ability to fight and control infection over time. An added bonus is that drinks like Kombucha and Kefir are also very delicious and easy to prepare! Have fun with this health tonic-check out my kombucha punch recipe!
So…what is this post about again? Oh right, how to make a scoby from a previous batch of kombucha tea. This is very long and complicated so please be patient. Only kidding, this is fool proof and simple!
Here’s what you do:
Take a glass jar of K-Tea and place a coffee filter over it. Fasten it with a rubber band and let it sit in your kitchen in a semi-warm location for about 1-2 weeks. You will eventually begin to see a thin white substances forming at the top of your jar which is your scoby!
Once it grows to about an inch thick you can go ahead and a fresh batch of Kombuca Tea! Check out my video tutorial on how to make K-tea and you can see that the clean off-white looking scoby. I used this method to grow it myself. Easy peasy!