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 a 2 1/2 gallon vessel of kombucha - Kombucha Aesthetics If you are If you are new to making kombucha or a well-seasoned veteran… the things lurking within your brewing vessel can stop you in your tracks.

Is this normal? What is that thing!? Is it alive? Is this an incubator for some alien growth?!  Where’s Ripley? Did I do something wrong? Is this normal? Oh no, it’s gone bad! Whatever the thought or question is that is flashing through your mind… stop, take a deep breath (breathing is good) and be assured that most likely what you are seeing is normal.  Well, normal for a symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast. :)

Let’s talk about some possibilities.

Many people fear mold when fermenting… and not just with kombucha but with any type of fermenting.  And rightfully so (I used to) BUT there is no need to fear. You just need to be educated and have some understanding of what is happening in there. That way you know what to look for like so you can identify what is good and what is bad.

When I first started making my own kombucha, and  I’m not going to fib, I was flat out nervous, but as time went on and I gained more knowledge and more experience… that nervousness turned into curiosity and confidence.  If I can get there… so can you!

I will be continually updating this post as photo ops happen. I can’t command my kombucha to pose so I can show what the different steps look like. :) So, keep referring back if you spot things happening in your brewing vessel. For instance, I have never experienced mold, so no photo.


Brown Powder or brown strings:

Brown globs are attached to my scoby:


Thin white layer on top:

Is my scoby is sick? :

Watch for Continual Updates



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Kombucha – Ingredients Needed

Kombucha SCOBY – Growing from Scratch

Testing Sugar Levels in Kombucha

Bottling Kombucha from a  Continuous Brew

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Kombucha SCOBY Hotel

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