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Kombucha Starter Culture

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Brew delicious organic kombucha at home! Save money! Commercial kombucha sells for $3+ per bottle. Using our kombucha starter culture, brew your own kombucha for $2 per gallon or less. A kombucha starter culture consists of yeast and bacteria existing in a symbiotic relationship. When combined with sweetened tea and fermented for 7 to 30 days, the resulting kombucha beverage has a slightly carbonated zing and is packed full of B vitamins. 

  • Contains 1 dehydrated kombucha starter culture and 10 pH strips.
  • Gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan.
  • Initial batch requires 30-day culturing time. Subsequent batches culture in 7-30 days.
  • Reusable culture; transfer the culture from batch to batch
  • With proper care, the culture can be used indefinitely to create delicious fermented tea
  • Easy to make; can be flavored in a variety of ways.

 

Kombucha Tea Instructions and Troubleshooting:  


Ingredients: Organic sugar, Organic black tea, Live active cultures

This product contains no GMO ingredients.


Shipping Information and Shelf-life: Our Kombucha Tea Starter Culture is shipped in a dehydrated state and must be rehydrated. The starter keeps

  • At room temperature (68° to 78°F): 3 to 4 weeks
  • In the refrigerator (40° to 45°F): 9 months
  • In the freezer (0° to 25°F): not recommended


Allergen Information:

Our Kombucha Tea Starter Culture is a gluten-free product. It is manufactured in a facility that also produces products containing soy and dairy. 


       
Jerri  

Why I Love This Product

Kombucha is one of my favorite cultures. Not only does it taste fabulous, but this low-maintenance culture fits in my busy life! And who is not busy? All I need are a few ingredients and 7 days. Although you can brew for 30 days, we prefer a 7-day period that produces a much milder kombucha. My husband prefers it chilled, so several bottles are set aside just for him in the fridge while the kids’ bottles enjoy a second ferment on the counter. Another reason I adore kombucha? Free dog treats! I dehydrate the scobys and cut them into smaller pieces for our dog. Click here for the storyJerri, Customer Support Representative

 

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  • From Alison at 11/14/2012 2:25 PM
    • I have a 6 month old baby and hope to get pregnant again soon. What are the guidelines for consuming kombucha while breastfeeding or pregnant?
    • I'm sorry, but that is a question we cannot answer and is better asked of your healthcare professional, lactation consultant, or a licensed nutritionist. To stay in compliance with federal law, we cannot give out medical advice or speculate on the potential health benefits of our products.
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  • From Courtney at 11/8/2012 2:24 PM
    • Is it possible to brew kombucha without using any vinegar? I am allergic to brewer's yeast and must avoid it. Thanks.
    • To activate a new scoby, you must use distilled white vinegar. Once the scoby is fully active, you can use kombucha from a previous batch as the starter.
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  • From cam at 10/26/2012 6:53 PM
  • From Dro at 10/4/2012 9:30 PM
    • I bought kambucha starter from you, I've been waiting for one month. Smell good but the mushroom still one. And today I try make another batch. Can I drink the rest of previous first batch?
    • It's normal in the first several batches for no new scoby to form. What matters is whether or not your scoby is producing kombucha. If the tea smells and tastes pleasantly vinegary, it is ready to consume. Do not consume anything that looks, smells, or tastes unpleasant.
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  • From Sylvia at 9/15/2012 7:34 PM
    • Can I make my Kombucha using Organic Green Rooibos tea? To my knowledge, there are no additives in this tea, and it produces a light great tasting tea.
      Thank you.
    • It is important to activate the scoby with only black tea as directed. After a few batches, you can add rooibos tea to the brewing solution. For more information on choosing ingredients for kombucha, see http://www.culturesforhealth.com/kombucha-ingredients
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  • From Liz at 7/11/2012 2:49 AM
    • Are there any restrictions on temperature for shipping or storing the scoby while it is still dehydrated (in the original packaging)?
    • Our starters are dehydrated for safe shipping. Be sure to store your dehydrated scoby in the refrigerator if you don't plan to rehydrate it right away.
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  • From Batya at 3/29/2012 9:12 PM
    • Is this culture kosher?
    • The kombucha culture that we sell are not certified kosher. Our Kombucha cultures are nourished using only spring water, Circle U certified kosher organic cane sugar, and organic black tea.
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  • From Kelly at 2/15/2012 1:27 PM
    • Does it matter what size glass jar is used to rehydrate the scoby? I understood from the directions that it did not necessarily matter. I had a 1 gallon glass jar that I bought to make the kombucha, and that is what I have my rehydrating scoby in. I just watched the Kombucha videos and am concerned I should have just used a quart size jar. My scoby has been in the rehydrating process for 20 days at this point, and I don't think much is happening.
    • We recommend using a quart sized batch for the activation and first batch. Larger batches can be made once the culture is fully activated.

      For troubleshooting help, contact us at customersupport@culturesforhealth.com
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  • From Dallen100 at 12/27/2011 8:21 PM
    • I have flip top bottles. How full do I fill them? I've heard some say to the very top to keep air out, but your picture shows bottles filled just to the neck.

      Thanks!
    • Leaving some headspace will provide more carbonation. 1.5-2 inches is fine. Air is more susceptible to changes in pressure than liquid, so leaving too much headspace can lead to overflow or exploding bottles.
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  • From Kathy at 10/27/2011 1:27 PM
    • I bought your tea, and your kombucha starter. My first batch smells like rotten eggs. I made a second batch, it too smells like rotten eggs. Both times I used filtered water, natural sugar and Braggs ACV.
      I am now making a 3rd batch with the same scoby using filtered water and Heinz ACV.
      Thinking maybe I might be having contamination going on and wondering where its coming from. I'm using very clean gallon jars. What do you think?
      Am I using the wrong vinegar? Is the scoby bad?
    • Apple cider vinegar, especially raw, will interfere with the culturing process. Always start with distilled white vinegar.

      Please contact customer support for troubleshooting at customersupport@culturesforhealth.com
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It Works! Review by M
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We got the culture and followed instructions. Slow start but after three weeks it is making a baby. Hopefully we will get many batches.

(Posted on 4/15/2015)

I'm glad to be able to get the starter culture Review by Liisel
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This is my second kambucha culture. The first one is still going strong . I just didn't have a baby one and wanted more than I get from one batch.

(Posted on 4/14/2015)

Looks Good Review by Tilly
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Or, rather, looks weird, but that's what its supposed to look like. I'm so excited about finally making this on my own- great directions and video and I've had success so far!

(Posted on 4/7/2015)

5* Review by Vicky
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Just activated my scoby, 3-4 weeks ago, and just flavored my remains....Just started batch 2.....All seems good!

(Posted on 3/24/2015)

Not complete yet Review by Cidy
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It has been 30 days and my Scoby has not really gotten any bigger and nothing has come to the top. There is no fizz at all. So I am not sure if it's ready yet or not. Still a little confused as the directions in the box differ from your video..???

Response from CFH: It is normal for there to be no change to the scoby during activation. For more the most current information, please see our Troubleshooting guides (http://www.culturesforhealth.com/kombucha#troubleshooting). If you have any questions, please contact customer support at customersupport@culturesforhealth.com

(Posted on 3/4/2015)

Culture needs to age for 30 days before you can brew kombucha Review by T
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I was really disappointed that this culture needs to age for 30 days before I can start brewing kombucha. Other scobys I've purchased came fully hydrated and ready to use.

CFH Note: All of our cultures are dehydrated which allows us to safely ship cultures during extreme (hot or cold) weather.

(Posted on 2/12/2015)

Easy way to begin brewing your own kombucha Review by Heather
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I love the taste and health benefits of kombucha and have been buying a 16-ounce bottle at the local grocery store every week. Well, the bottle of kombucha costs nearly $4 and it's hard to make it last! I could easily drink 16 ounces a day! So we decided to try making our own kombucha to save money and to have all the kombucha we wanted. Cultures for Health provides a dehydrated scoby culture that re-hydrates in about a month. The instructions and videos on their website were extremely helpful as we started. Our very first batch, which was brewed to rehydrate the scoby, produced a baby from the mother culture. Awesome! This is a great quality product that is affordable and easy to use. Delicious kombucha made at home. Thanks, Cultures for Health!

(Posted on 2/1/2015)

No baby scoby after 4th culture Review by Calvin
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I have ordered many starters from CFH and have been very pleased. However, this dehydrated kombucha starter is a dud. I have passaged the scoby 3x since rehydration and still don't have a new scoby. I'm now 3+ months into the process and am just going to start a culture from a store-bought raw kombucha.

Response from CFH: Please contact customer support for troubleshooting advice before discarding product. Most cultures can be saved with minor adjustments.

(Posted on 11/28/2014)

prolific culture Review by miriam
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I bought this 2 years ago and since then it has propagated and fathered many more cultures. It has produced hundreds of gallons of Komboucha for my family and friends

(Posted on 10/30/2014)

> 3 weeks and nothing happening... Review by EmilyRHN
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I followed the instructions and put my starter culture in cooled sweet tea. Storing it in a warm closet for 3 weeks did nothing. It's on top of my fridge now, with the SCOBY floating near the bottom but no sign of a "daughter" culture. Hope it wasn't damaged by being heat while on my doorstep in NC for a few hours! I continue to wait....

Response from CFH: Please contact customer support for troubleshooting advice before discarding product. Many cultures can be saved with minor adjustments.

(Posted on 9/23/2014)

Great product and fantastic customer support Review by Barb
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In the spring I activated my first SCOBY and all was well for awhile. But somewhere along the line I goofed up and ran into problems. Every step of the way the online support has been above and beyond helpful. Having them available into the evening and on Saturdays is great! With a second try I'm pleased to report my SCOBY is lumpy, bumpy and getting thicker. In a few days I'll be ready to harvest a batch, then it's on to a continuous brew! I appreciate all the info on the website and have four different cultures and ferments going now in my happy little kitchen.

(Posted on 7/19/2014)

four. Review by Ray
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Got tired of waiting for a mother, so I added half a bottle of store bought Kombucha. Drank the rest. Have a mother now 1/8" thick. The freeze dry grew right into it. Waiting for a 3/8" thick mother.

Response from CFH: It is normal that no baby scoby form for the first few batches, though to speed up the process, it is fine to add raw store-bought kombucha to a batch.

(Posted on 7/13/2014)

Still a work in progress Review by Richard
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BUT so far I am very much impressed.

1. Although for some still unknown reason I was unable to order online, the customer service folks at CFH were very helpful and entered my order for me. It arrived in the amount of time they promised.
2. At the same time I am re-hydrating my scoby from CFH, I'm also attempting to grow a new one from a bottle of raw kambucha that I purchased. Why? Just for comparison's sake. I love a science project.
3. For the first five days the scoby sat on top of the tea mixture and seemed to me to grow a bit thicker. Somewhere around day five or six, the scoby fell at one end so it is now only on the surface at one end and is somewhat "sideways" in the tea.
4. At day 8 because I could not wait any longer (impatience) I used a test strip to find out the pH of my tea. It was a good 3.5 (acidic). I'm encouraged and impressed.
5. Particulars: I used a quart mason jar and simply followed the instructions that came with the scoby. The instructions say to use a kitchen towel, a coffee filter, or cheesecloth. I used a paper towel because it was thin enough that I could place the band of the mason jar back on over the paper towel to hold it in place. I put the scoby in the tea and it floated at first (see above) then went catty whompus.
6. I have purchased a one gallon "sun tea" jar so once the scoby is rehydrated I can make a gallon at a time. I also plan to experiment with "flavors" once I have the kambucha in bottles. So far, I'm thinking spices more than fruit flavors (ginger and cardamom head the list).

(Posted on 7/13/2014)

Waiting for my Culture to complete Review by Puter
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This is my 3rd attempt at making Kombucha....it's on my fridge, where the temp is approx 78 degrees F. I'm hoping that this time, I'm successful. Past 2 attempts may have been due to user error, I don't know, but this time, I was glad to see the sticks to read the Ph of the mix. Will let you know how I make out!
This is an absolutely wonderful company to deal with: professional, always there to help!!

(Posted on 7/7/2014)

Fun!!! Review by kim
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I enjoy brewing my Kombucha, I was a little nervous at first it was like bringing home a baby (lol) but once I got the hang of it let's just say I'm loving the experience. During this process I would chat to an available Customer Rep and the assistance I was given was stellar. Thanks for your products and providing great customer service. Looking forward to the trying sourdough kit next. :)

(Posted on 7/1/2014)

Dehydrated Cultures won't work long term Review by Kim
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First off, cultures for health is great! Happily kefiring water for nearly a year now, and culturing my own villi yogurt for near as long as well. But I had to give up on the kombucha culture after it grew mold after just a few brews following a successful rehydration. So if you go this route be aware that it requires a LOT of patience and it may grow mold after a few batches. Thanks!

Response from CFH: Please contact Customer Support before discarding any cultures. Some cultures are salvageable with minor adjustments.

(Posted on 6/11/2014)

Stand up company Review by Doug
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I purchased a SCOBY a while a go, followed all of the directions and it was a dud. A few days after posting a review I was contacted by the company and they asked a few questions about the process I used to rehydrate the SCOBY. I few weeks later a gave up completely and requested a refund. I expected to get excuses about how they couldn't give me one, but to my surprise that was not the case. They are processing my refund as a I type this follow up review, and due to their honesty I will buy from them again.

(Posted on 6/9/2014)

Great deal Review by hijodelaluna
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The package arrrived fine, the dcoby was perfect and even tough it is taking some time to rehydrate I hope for the best

(Posted on 6/8/2014)

Great product! Takes some patience... Review by Cait
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The product is great! Even though it looks like nothing is happening, sure enough after a month I have an active kombucha 'mother'. The taste of the first batch is amazing, much better than the plain unflavored kombucha available in stores. This is the easiest thing I've ever cultured/brewed and saves so much money.

(Posted on 6/3/2014)

Wonderful! Review by SteveF
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I didn't even know what kombucha was before ordering this product. What a difference a month makes! I love kombucha and this culture is fantastic!

As a lifelong brewer and baker and, more recently cheese maker, I love to make good, healthful food for my family. Kombucha is now a part of that. My only regret is that I didn't learn about it sooner.

(Posted on 5/22/2014)



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