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Will you be my SCOBY friend?

Hi food 52ers! After years of considering it, I think I'm finally ready to give kombucha-brewing a shot. Before buying a kit online, I thought I'd give our lovely community a shout - do any of you (maybe even in the Austin, TX area) have a SCOBY available that I can start with?

Also, I've read through Sarah's guide (http://food52.com/blog...) an embarrassing amount of times, but any additional words of advice (even, "it's totally worth it!") are appreciated too! :)

Thanks all!

asked by byb 8 months ago
5 answers 1402 views
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Susan W

Susan W is a trusted source on General Cooking.

added 8 months ago

I've been where you are. I felt like my first Kombucha brewing adventure was like discovering the moon. Have you thought about making your own SCOBY? It's incredibly easy, but I also understand if you aren't ready.

I learned all I know about booch brewing from www.kombuchakamp.com. The site is amazing. It's so full of information and encouragement. I also bought my first SCOBY from them.

Ask me questions. I'm sure I have lots of tips, but it's been a while since I've brewed any so I need prompting. :)

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byb
added 8 months ago

Oh wow!! I honestly hadn't even considered making it (I didn't know it was that easy!). I like that idea and may give it a shot. Thanks for the site and support! I'm sure I'll come up with more questions as I get going :)

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Susan W

Susan W is a trusted source on General Cooking.

added 8 months ago

Very easy. Just make sure the Kombucha that you start your SCOBY with is raw and unflavored. The more weird sediment in the bottle the better. Have fun.

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cv
added 8 months ago

Check your local events listings. There's a regular SCOBY/kombucha class in my town every month or two, and one of the bennies is a SCOBY that you can walk away with. Plus one has guidance from an expert and can make connection with other enthusiasts.

I've never attended the class myself, but if I were interested in this topic, this is way I'd go rather than read a bunch of blogs on the Internet. My two cents...

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Susan W

Susan W is a trusted source on General Cooking.

added 8 months ago

Which "blogs" are you referring to? Kombuchakamp is not a blog and I'm certainly no blogger.