The Ultimate Guide on Properly Storing Kombucha SCOBY

Kombucha is a health drink that is made from fermented tea. It has been consumed for centuries in various parts of the world and is gaining popularity worldwide due to its numerous health benefits. Kombucha scoby (Symbiotic Culture of Bacteria and Yeast) is the living, breathing organism that ferments the sweetened tea into kombucha. If you are a regular brewer of kombucha, then you need to know how to store your scoby.

Why store your Kombucha Scoby?

There could be several reasons why you would want to store your kombucha scoby:

1. When taking a break- If you are going on vacation or need some time off from brewing, it’s important to know how to properly take care of your scoby.

2. When needing an extra- You may decide to experiment with different types of teas or flavors which will require more than one scoby.

3. After harvest – Once fermentation has completed it’s necessary either start another batch using the same culture or preserve it for future use.

No matter what the reason may be, proper care and storage techniques can ensure your scobys longevity and allow ease in restarting production when ready.

Storing Scobies: Tips & Techniques

Here are some tips on how best to store a Kombucha Scoby:

Drying / Dehydration:

One method entails drying out completely by leaving it exposed at room temperature over parchment paper until becoming brittle enough avoid mold growth (approximately 7 days). Dried cultures should be stored in an air-tight container away from sunlight as refrigeration isn’t required

The Hotel Method:

To create “the hotel,” fill up a large jar with about 8 cups brewed plain unsweetened tea, add a cup of kombucha, and then add all the scobies you have. The tea itself will act as food for the scoby cultures in fear they begin to starve during storage. Close up the jar with a breathable cloth (such as cheesecloth) or paper towel secured by a rubber band and store it somewhere dark and room-temperature.

Refrigeration:

The most common approach to storing is refrigeration which puts fermentation on hold until reactivated. This method involves removing your Kombucha Scoby from its fermenting vessel, placing it inside an air-tight container with some sweetened tea mixture produced from your previous batch before storing away in the fridge or freezer for later use.

Conclusion

Storing kombucha scoby requires proper care techniques such as drying/dehydration methods, creating a “scoby hotel,” or preserving through refrigeration/freezing. Understanding how best to store them can help extend their life span while ensuring future batches of homemade kombucha are successful and enjoyable. Happy brewing!

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