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Product Review (submitted on February 2, 2014):
Have had my scoby for 3 weeks now and it doesn't look as if it has even rehydrated yet. I followed the enclosed instructions to the letter and a week a ago finally wrapped my jar in a heating pad. Will keep hoping but not real encouraged at this point.
Response from CFH: It is normal that there be no visible changes in the scoby or visible signs of culturing, even for a few batches, when beginning with a dehydrated scoby. The best indicators of proper culturing are flavor and pH. The flavor of finished kombucha is rich and vinegary. The pH of finished kombucha should be below 4.0. It is important to allow the initial activation batch to sit for the full 30 days, to allow the scoby to fully rehydrate and culture the tea.