Normal Kombucha Yeast Collections on Top of the Brew or Embedded in New SCOBY
As the new culture forms, sometimes a small piece of yeast will be caught just under the surface. The small yeast pocket here is definitely under the surface of some SCOBY formation, and there are no raised or dry areas, indicating a healthy brew and no Kombucha mold.
The new thin layer of Kombucha SCOBY growth allows enough light to pass through so that the dark yeast collections are visible below. While these type of yeast formations are often mistaken for Kombucha mold, they are perfectly normal.
This large collection of yeast has become completely encased in the new SCOBY growth and might be concerning for an inexperienced brewer, but this is definitely not Kombucha mold.
When first starting a new brew, sometimes very early on yeast will collect in globs along the top and edges of the brew as seen here, but no mold is present. The white foam visible mixed in with the yeast may be bubbles as a result of early fermentation or could be another type yeast replicating early on before the primary yeast and bacteria take over completely, usually by day 3 when the pH drops below 4.0.
In this wideshot, the very beginnings of SCOBY growth form first as white dots which begin to form the skin. Meanwhile, mostly at the top but also in areas around the bottom left of the photo, brown yeast clumps are collecting on the surface and may later become embedded in that SCOBY growth as it forms.
While the greenish color of this yeast collection makes it suspect at first glance, in fact is is clearly not mold due to the flat, wet appearance and the way the SCOBY is connecting over the top of the formation. Eventually the green growth will no longer be visible as white SCOBY connects completely in the new layer.
As the new layer of SCOBY forms on top of the first brew in a new Oak Barrel, it is easy to see the original 2 SOCBYs circles floating underneath the surface. Yeast strings and globs get trapped right below and small sections of SCOBY remain unformed, with the strongest areas taking shape right on top of the original cultures. All looks very healthy, no signs at all of mold. Kombucha Toasted Oak Barrel Brewing Packages
Large Dark Yeast Glob forming under very early SCOBY growth with some bubbles no Kombucha Mold
Large yeast glob under the new SCOBY growth
Large yeast pocket embedded under the nice white smooth SCOBY Growth NOT KOMBUCHA MOLD
Large Yeast Pockets forming in SCOBY but not Kombucha MOLD from the side
Large Yeast Pockets forming in SCOBY but not Kombucha MOLD
Multiple Yeast Collections gather under new white SCOBY Growth in a young brew NOT KOMBUCHA MOLD
New SCOBY Growth in a Barrel
Translucent Kombucha SCOBY Growth but Not Mold
New SCOBY Growth with Yeast Bubbles Underneath Not Mold BUT Could Be a Bit COLD
New SCOBY Growth with Yeast Under the Surface From Above NOT MOLD But Might Be Cold B
New SCOBY Growth with Yeast Under the Surface From Above NOT MOLD But Might Be Cold C
New SCOBY Growth with Yeast Under the Surface From Above NOT MOLD But Might Be Cold
Normal Brown Yeast Strands forming early on in the brew before SCOBY forms
Normal Yeast and SCOBY Growth
Normal Yeast Attached to Underside of Continuous Brew SCOBY NOT MOLD Scrape Away of Leave Behind
kombucha 3 days
Normal Yeast Glob Near the Surface of the Kombucha Brew NOT MOLD
Not Mold But Day 6 Brew and No SCOBY Growth Just Yeast Globs Could Be Dead or Dying Culture
SCOBY Growth with a Large Amount of Yeast Collecting in One Corner of the Brew
SCOBY with embedded Yeast
Small Brown specs of yeast or tea in a healthy SCOBY
Thin SCOBY growth with small yeast globs attached NOT KOMBUCHA MOLD
Yeast under new SCOBY Growth
Yeast and a think layer of SCOBY attached to a thicker culture NOT MOLD on KOMBUCHA
Yeast and Bubbles embedded in new Kombucha SCOBY growth NOT MOLD ON KOMBUCHA
Yeast and Bubbles floating on top of a brand new brew with the SCOBY NOT KOMBUCHA MOLD
Yeast Bubbles and Formation But NOT MOLD B
Yeast Glob at the surface but Wet and below very thin SCOBY Growth
Yeast Glob embeds under a thin new layer of Kombucha SCOBY growth NOT MOLD ON TOP OF KOMBUCHA
Yeast Glob Looks Blue But NOT MOLD Not Fuzzy Not on Top of Brew
Yeast Glob Looks Blue Close Up But NOT MOLD Not Fuzzy Not on Top of Brew
Yeast glob on a young maybe cold Kombucha brew NOT MOLD
Yeast Glob Wet and Under the Surface NOT MOLD B
Yeast Glob Wet and Under the Surface NOT MOLD
Yeast Glob Wet and Under the Surface Wide Shot NOT MOLD
Yeast Globs Look Black and Blue But Under the Surface NOT MOLD Might Be a COLD BREW
Yeast growth in a thin SCOBY side view NOT MOLD IN KOMBUCHA