November 9, 2007
Look at what I made!
Ok, well I didn't make it, but I helped it along. I had several kombucha scobies in the refrigerator- just sitting there because we weren't drinking the kombucha we had and I didn't have time to mess with it. I was afraid they were dead, but thought I would give it a try. Well, after many days nothing was going on, so I put it in a warmer place, and just in case that didn't turn out, I tried an experiment.
I took the brew that was in the fridge that we were supposed to be drinking and just let it sit at room temperature for a few days. (3-5) A 'mushroom' started forming and I let it go until it was somewhat held together and 'pancake'-like. It looked kind of scary, but I gave it a shot and made up a small batch and put it in there. WOW! Look at the whopper it made! I just made another brew of kombucha and put the new scoby in there.
I am continually amazed at how this thing works. Give it the right stuff and it will keep reproducing itself. And might I add, the last brew I made was the best I've made yet. I used a pomegranate herbal tea bag with two regular black tea bags- tastes like fruit punch or something. The kids like it and we've all been drinking it- yea!
This is the one that formed from a batch of the kombucha drink. It's rather wimpy and unevenly formed.
This is the 'baby' that formed after the 'mother' above was sitting in a brew for a week.
This is how thick it got- you can see the difference much better in person. Oh well, I'm still proud of the experiment!
A side note- before I started making kombucha I thought this looked horrendous, but now it's just cool and it doesn't bother me at all to touch it. Weirdo I am!
Anyways, most of my family thinks I am a complete weirdo fermenting food and actually eating it. I happened on some interesting websites last night that sells cultures for making kombucha, kefir, sourdough bread and yogurt. I tried kefir a long time ago, and could never work up the courage to drink it! However, there are some other dairy cultures available that I may try. For more information you can go here:
I am very interested in trying some of these out. It's so hard to decide though!