Friday, June 3, 2011

I NEED more SCOBY babies! Oh, wait... Never Mind!

My boys and I just love drinking the home brewed Kombucha.  The problem is that there isn't enough!  At first my SCOBY was not reproducing. (Shame on it!) So I did some research and found a way that you can "grow" your own.

My first SCOBY was given to me.  I found it simply by posting on Facebook that I was looking for one.  A friend of mine from high school saw the post and connected me with her mom, who is an avid Kombucha drinker.  YEAH!  Scored a SCOBY for free! (almost sounds naughty, doesn't it!)

I also had looked on Craigslist.  Yup, they were on there, but cost anywhere from $15-20 dollars.  Boo.

I went the free route.  As an added bonus, she sat down with me and gave me written directions to follow!  Thanks!!!!!

I digressed.  Anyways, we were drinking that yummy nectar of goodness faster then I could brew it.  My SCOBY was not having babies.  What to do... I googled and researched.  I came up with a solution.  If you buy plain Kombucha (needs to have the floaties in it) and put half a bottle in a glass bowl, cover, and leave it, it should make a mushroom.  It need anywhere from 3-4 weeks to grow.

I took up that challenge and started, not one, but two bowls.  And you know what happened?  As I waited for my experiment to work, my SCOBY I was using to brew started having babies.  Ha, joke is on me.  BUT, I learned a cool thing.  So, in the long run, it was worth it.   


  1. I just might be "growing" my own SCOBY next week. Thanks for the tip. And, did you know that you can put about 5 drops of purification oil in a spray bottle with some water and it works as insect repellent...even for ticks? And...I found a tick in Aiden's head last night and I read you could use lavender or purification to get it out. I used one drop of lavender every 5 minutes (the book says for 30 minutes) but by the 2nd drop that tick and fallen out. I didn't even use a credit card to scrape it out! That said...having been through Lyme Disease with Tom I use yucky stuff when we are in the woods. I'm just freaked out! So, I'm glad I'm not the only hippie who also uses bug spray. ;)

  2. Jenny, we may just truly be soul sisters! Love that tip! And I love you! How is baby doing?