The Ultimate Guide on Storing Your SCOBY for Future Use

If you are a kombucha lover, then you must have heard about the importance of scoby. Scoby stands for “symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast.” It is the living organism that ferments sweet tea into the tangy, delicious drink we all know as kombucha. As such an essential part of brewing kombucha, it’s crucial to know how to store your scoby properly.

Why Store a Scoby?

Before diving into how to store a scoby effectively, it’s important to understand why storing them is necessary in the first place. A healthy scoby can live for years if stored correctly. You may need to store your scobies while on vacation or decide not to brew kombucha for some time; whatever the reason might be, proper storage will ensure that your scobies remain healthy and viable.

How To Store a Scoby

Cleaning Your Storage Jar

The first step in storing your scobies is finding an appropriate container or jar. Make sure it has been cleaned thoroughly with hot water and soap before use.

Making Extra Kombucha Tea

Once you have found an appropriate jar that suits your needs, make extra sweet tea by following standard brewing methods- just minus adding any flavorings like juice or ginger – so that there will be enough liquid when pouring over the SCOBY(s). Allow this mixture cool completely at room temperature before proceeding

Add The Scobies

With clean hands (and without gloves), gently transfer one or multiple SCOBYs from their current home into the storage vessel filled with cooled-down sweetened tea—avoid squeezing them too hard when transferring them as they may break apart due to handling.

Covering Your Storage Jar

Next, cover the jar with a breathable cloth that can be secured with a rubber band. Thin cotton or cheesecloth works best.

Store in A Cool Dark Place

Scobies need to be stored in a cool and dark place away from direct sunlight. A pantry or cabinet is usually an ideal location for storing scobies. The temperature should not exceed 80°F (27°C). The colder your storage area, the slower fermentation will occur, so don’t store it too cold (below 66°F/19°C) as that may lead to mold growth.

Caring For Your Stored Scoby

Check on It Regularly

It’s essential to check on your stored scoby regularly. Every two weeks is a good interval to ensure that there are no signs of mold growth or other issues like dehydration.

Gently Move Them Around Occasionally

To help keep them hydrated, gently move the scoby around every four weeks by rotating it once without taking it out of the liquid entirely- this prevents any portion from drying up over time due to prolonged exposure air contact

Conclusion

Storing your scoby correctly is crucial if you want healthy kombucha fermentations down the line. By following these tips on how to store your scobies properly, you’ll have peace of mind knowing they’re being cared for correctly while waiting for their next use! Remember: cleanliness and temperature control are critical when storing SCOBYs long-term!

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