over a year ago, a friend shared some kombucha tea with me. at this point, i should mention that my friend likes it plain-pure kombucha with nothing else in it. she also likes to let it ferment for a full 10 days. it is pungent to say the least. when i didn't flinch or spit it out, she offered to bring me a baby so i could brew my own. that is how my kombucha habit got started.
all through the summer and into the fall, i brewed it and i drank it. to make it more palatable, i mixed it into iced tea or juice. then the awful thing happened, i neglected my tea as the weather cooled. my poor scoby lived in the fridge and after a while, he just couldn't make fermented tea. this spring, i decided to get another batch going. my search for a scoby led me to countless websites. needless to say, i was not willing to fork over the $30+ dollars for a package of culture. there had to be an alternative. and there was! while going from website to website, i stumbled upon the blog, bonzai aphrodite and a detailed post on how to grow a scoby from a store bought bottle of kombucha.
the following week, i found myself standing in front of a cooler full of kombucha drinks in whole foods market. after purchasing a bottle of original kombucha, i set up my bowl and began growing my own scoby. it took the full 2 weeks and it has worked beautifully. so well that i now have 2 separate scobys, one plain green tea and the other green tea mixed with peach and hibiscus tea.
the peach-hibiscus kombucha is on the left, the plain green tea is on the right.