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Who knew a baby scoby could get this thick? We all have crazy lives and sometimes things get forgotten. Fortunately, kombucha is one of those cultures that can go for a while without worry. Well, you will end up with a very vinegary flavor, but as long as you can deal with that… I left mine for so long, over a month, it got super thick! Well, I suppose there is one other issue. My scoby got so thick, it was a struggle to get it out of the vessel. In fact, it took two hands and a lot of effort to force it out.

Pulling thick baby scoby out of a vessel jar

Editor’s Note: I’m pretty sure OSHA regulations require that Bonni wear a hard hat and bright orange vest when handling such a large Scoby… but we won’t tell if you don’t. It did finally give way. That’s a bit big to put back for culturing, don’t you think? ? Here’s what I did…

Tearing thick baby scoby
I then added that torn piece back to my brew. See? You don’t need a pretty scoby for brewing, just a chunk will do!

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About the Author: Cultures for Health Team

At Cultures for Health we believe that anyone--on any diet and at any skill level--can make and enjoy the benefits of traditional fermented foods. We hope these stories from our cultured kitchens will inspire you to nourish your family and live healthily. Happy Culturing!