When learning how to make Kombucha, you may find all kind of unusual things happen. Each of these strange events offers a window into the Kombucha brewing process.
A Kombucha SCOBY and Carbon Dioxide (CO2) build-up can do strange things sometimes.
Here’s a short video of one of the more unusual events I’ve witnessed.
Check out the photos of the SCOBY in action below!
The living energy of Kombucha SCOBYs and Carbon Dioxide combine for a WEIRD culture movement.
The SCOBY has been lifted by CO2 and wedged itself into the mouth of the jar, creating an air tight seal.
Some amount of lifting out of the Kombucha is common (though usually not like this!) so just gently poke it back down and the SCOBY it will return to normal fermentation.
What kind of Strange SCOBY Growth have you found?
Leave a comment below! 🙂
JodieOctober 11, 2020 at 12:49 pm
HI! Thanks for the great resource! I am brewing Hard Kombucha (Just started). I have my second fermentation (no scoby- with champagne yeast added- and its going off great!) right next to a couple new first fermentations with scoby in. Am I risking cross contamination from the co2 from 2nd ferment floating over into the first fermentations? I have a plastic lid on ferment2, but its loose as I found was recommended to allow co2 to escape.
Hannah CrumFebruary 20, 2021 at 9:38 am
the yeast will float around though we’re dubious that they will negatively impact the non-hard Kombucha brews too much since we have to add the higher alcohol yeasts every time. You might also want to try cider yeast – we’ve heard people have great flavors with those as well.
crazihippichicJuly 18, 2011 at 11:00 pm
I’ll have to show this to my husbeast. He tells everyone that scoby are aliens which are reproducing in order to take over the world.
RawkinmomJuly 11, 2011 at 11:10 am
LOVE IT!!!! So awesome!! I usually just get a little rise out of mine…would love to witness that!!!
Faithful To Jesus via FacebookJuly 9, 2011 at 6:15 pm
Well, Valoby & Scobito are hanging diagonally now ~ still hangung together like sisters do. They must be active young ladies because their little dance is creating volumous strings of yeasties string up to the top, cown to the bottom & swirling all around. Looking through the glass with a flashlight it looks kind of scary! Wish I could post picts from my phone but if I can get a good one it will go on my FB page. Look me up & friend me… 🙂
Kombucha Kamp via FacebookJuly 9, 2011 at 1:43 pm
@matthew – your culture was bursting full of love energy 😉 @faithful – your mothers can hang anywhere in the vessel but your baby will always grow across the top
Ceitllyn Connal via FacebookJuly 8, 2011 at 5:02 pm
HA, that is funny!!
Faithful To Jesus via FacebookJuly 8, 2011 at 3:10 pm
Started continuous today with 1 1/2 gal tea. Put in 2 smaller SCOBYs because of the container size. Mind didn’t crawl out but hid at the bottom. However, Valoby & Scobito are terrific little SCOBYs that were just birthed & they will “rise to the occasion” (I guess) 😉
Suzanne Herbert via FacebookJuly 8, 2011 at 2:42 pm
My scoby always tries to escape.
Matthew Oddi via FacebookJuly 8, 2011 at 1:37 pm
I have started putting tape with the date of brew and also a positive saying like “love, happiness, etc” the first time I did it, the new scoby was trying to pop out of the top of the jar, crazy