How to grow a SCOBY

Here is a method to make your own kombucha SCOBY at home. It's a simple process and won't take much effore looking to save money making your own kombucha. Don't know what kombucha is? Well kombucha is a healthy carbonated fermented tea that is full of healthy probiotics, b vitamins, and minerals. A SCOBY (Symbiotic Culture Of Bacteria and Yeast) is a disk that grows and helps produce the kombucha by eating the sugar and minerals in the tea, and producing various other compounds. Kombucha has been around for thousands years in Asia and other parts of the world, and has been a cureall in Asia for centuries. If you have never had kombucha before I would recommend buying a bottle and trying it before making a SCOBY. Buying your own kombucha in grocery The drink is simple to make and can save you money if you make it at home. There happen are several methods you can use to make your own SCOBY! I will go through how I originally obtained my first SCOBY so you can make your own 'buch at home.

What You Need

The items you will need to make your own SCOBY are:

  • Glass jar
  • One bottle of raw kombucha
  • Kitchen towel/coffee filter
  • Rubber band
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1/4 cup of plain white sugar (this is the easiest sugar for the SCOBY to gobble up)
  • Two teabags or 3.5 grams of loose leaf black tea

Step 1:

Go to a nearby grocery store that carries raw kombucha and buy it. Be sure to make sure the bottle of kombucha isn't old, is the original flavor of kombucha and be sure the bottle says it's raw (unpasteurized).

Step 2:

Boil the water and steep your tea for about 20 minutes. Add sugar and make sure all the particles dissolve in the tea. Let it cool down to room temperature.

Step 3:

Pour contents together into glass jar, cover top of jar with coffee and seal with rubberband (or other fabric) to make sure insects don't get inside jar. Your SCOBY needs air to breathe and grow!

Step 4:

Put it in a warm environment (68-84 degrees) and wait about 2-4 weeks for it to grow. Be sure not to put the jar in direct sunlight, the rays can be harmful and kill the SCOBY.

Step 5:

Once the SCOBY reaches around a 1/4 inch thick then you can start making your own Kombucha with the SCOBY!


That's it! You have now successfully obtained your very own SCOBY. If this method doesn't work or you just keep having bad luck you can always order a healthy SCOBY online, get one from a friend or find one nearby from a local kombucha brewery.