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.
  • 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 Passu at 7/21/2013 10:36 PM
    • I'm interested in making kombucha. I have a huge family though so I'm wondering how many scobies I need to make 3-4 liters of kombucha?
    • One scoby is sufficient to make a 3-4 Liter batch of kombucha. It is important to follow the activation instructions, starting with a 1 liter activation batch.
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  • From Etain at 7/16/2013 3:02 AM
    • Hi there..I am interested in purchasing your kombucha starter kit. However, I live in Thailand and am thus subject to strict customs taxes when ordering from overseas. Do you ship to Thailand, or are we off the list?!

      Thanks in advance

      Etain
    • Thank you for your interest in our products. We do not currently ship individual orders outside of the United States and Canada however, you may wish to contact one of the international re-sellers, they may be able to ship to you. You will find the re-seller locations here: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/ustorelocator/location/map
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  • From Ann at 6/30/2013 2:01 PM
    • During the second fermentation when juice is used for flavoring, can I also use fresh organic fruit such as strawberries?

      Thank you!
    • Flavoring with fresh, frozen, or dried fruit is fine. For more flavoring ideas, see our article here: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/flavoring-bottling-kombucha
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  • From Lori at 5/16/2013 8:12 AM
    • I want to order a kombucha starter and other cultures but I live in Florida and it's already 85 degrees in mid-May. I see you have heat sensitive alerts on some products. What are your recommendations and/or should I wait until winter to order?
    • Our cultures are dehydrated for safe shipping and will be fine for the short trip to your home. You may want to track your package to ensure your culture does not sit in a hot mail box. The cultures should be refrigerated until you are ready to activate.
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  • From Ben at 5/4/2013 12:48 PM
    • Once the kombucha is started, can you make it using commercial tea bags from the grocery store or do you need some special kind of tea?
    • The tea you use can be loose tea or tea bags from the store. There is no tea made especially for brewing kombucha. For more information on choosing the right tea for your kombucha, click here:

      http://www.culturesforhealth.com/kombucha-ingredients
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  • From Elsie at 5/1/2013 8:05 AM
    • what's the difference between the contents of Kombucha Tea Starter Culture and Kombucha tea starter kit? Do I need to buy both to start brewing? Thanks!

    • No need to buy both. The Kombucha Tea Starter Kit includes the Kombucha Tea Culture (scoby) as well as organic black tea, plastic mesh strainer and pH test strips... perfect for the first time brewer.
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  • From Bill at 4/21/2013 9:58 PM
    • Hi I used a quart mason jar to re-hydrate I used the prescribed amount vinegar, tea and sugar I've left the scoby in a warm dry place its been two months and nothing has happened. What did I do wrong?
    • The dehydrated scoby won't change much in appearance but it is busy preparing your tea for the next batch. Since you've already waited more than the recommended 30 days, go ahead and taste your kombucha. If you have that rich, vinegary kombucha flavor, you're ready to start your next batch. If your tea is still sweet, contact customersupport@culturesforhealth.com for assistance.
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  • From susan at 3/19/2013 2:42 PM
    • how long will kombucha keep in the fridge?
    • Kombucha lasts about 3 weeks when stored in the fridge. The brew will continue to ferment even after the scoby is removed, so the flavor will be stronger the longer it is stored.

      If your kombucha is bottled, use caution when opening the bottle, as the fermentation gases may have built up quite a lot, depending on how long the bottles have been stored.
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  • From Angel at 3/19/2013 7:29 AM
    • I've just been reading about the fluoride content in black and green teas. Is there a recommended way to reduce the amount of black and green teas (to reduce the fluoride content) without damaging the kombucha? Oolong has half the available fluoride content as green tea but white and herbal have the least. Herbal doesn't balance out the pH in the kombucha, though, so I'm wondering about white. Thanks!
    • Naturally occurring fluoride (such as is found in tea) is completely different from the kind of fluoride that is added to water, and is not generally considered harmful.

      Any sort of real tea (green, black, white, Pekoe, Oolong, Darjeeling, etc.) is acceptable for brewing kombucha. The scoby requires actual tea (camellia sinensis) as food - it is not about the pH. Herbal teas can be added to real tea, as long as there is sufficient real tea to feed the scoby.
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  • From Trianna at 2/24/2013 1:09 AM
    • Is kombucha safe to drink while nursing?thank you
    • Please consult a qualified healthcare professional for any questions regarding our products safety and suitability for you and your baby.
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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)

Awesome. Have patience and you will be rewarded Review by irishcrab
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I purchased my dehydrated scoby and was very impatient for the 30 day rehydration process. I must've called customer service at least five times just to get reassurance that i just need to give it time. after the 30 days, the tea just tasted very sour like vinegar. i didn't lose hope but was disappointed. i transferred my scoby (it didn't look any different from when i received it)to a gallon jar and followed the instructions for a gallon of kombucha. after a week, i noticed some gelatin like blobs on the top. i knew it wasn't mold from googling images of kombucha with mold. it's been almost two weeks and the baby scoby is looking really good! i'm so glad i didn't give up! i also tried making my own scoby (there are instructions on the cultures for health website) and it also worked! so now i have my rehydrated scoby and its baby, and another scoby i grew! i can't thank cultures for health customer service enough for their encouragement and knowledge! it does take longer, but your patience will be rewarded!

(Posted on 5/15/2014)

No Second scobe yet...... Review by AR
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I am on my second batch and still no second scobe forming. The first batch (rehydrating) took 30 days and the second looks like it will take just as long. Worried about the length of time the second batch is taking and why the second scobe is not developing.

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

(Posted on 5/7/2014)

A Few Tips... Review by Matt
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I was so excited when I got my starter, and even more excited when it had finished the long 30 day hydrating process. I made my first gallon batch, which was great. However, I was absolutely heartbroken to see a cluster of blue fuzzy mold growing on top of my second batch!

I called customer service, and they were incredibly helpful with how things might have gone wrong. It really goes to show what a great company they are and how much they care about their customers.

I'm on my second starter now, and it's going absolutely great. I was told that mold is incredibly rare, but here are a few of the things I learned that can prevent it from happening to you:

1) Get the pH strips to confirm proper acidity. Mold will grow when the batch is not acidic enough. To make absolutely certain that your batch is acidic enough and prevent going through the ordeal of waiting another month and a half for another starter to be ready, double check the pH of a new batch. I thought that I would be fine without the pH strips, but they really are helpful to confirm that things are working as they ought to be. If your batch isn't acidic enough, add more starter liquid or vinegar.

2) If you have a culture that's on the weaker side, make sure to take the pH and mix the brew before pouring the starter liquid into the next batch. I noticed that the bottom of my gallon batch was cloudy, but the top wasn't. Nevertheless, I took my starter liquid off the top and poured it into the next batch. I think part of the reason why the mold grew was because the starter liquid on top wasn't acidic enough. I should've taken the SCOBY out, mixed the brew to get even distribution, taken the pH, and then poured the starter liquid. It's also possible that even if I mixed, the pH just wasn't acidic enough.

3) Make sure you have the newest set of instructions. I noticed the instructions I got with my first culture were different from the ones I got with my second. They must have been revised recently. They are pretty much the same, except that the newer set includes directions for the first batch, and the old set did not. The first batch should NOT be a full gallon, and it should use vinegar instead of starter liquid, to ensure the SCOBY is off to a strong start. I followed the old set of instructions to the letter, and I still got mold. I think the recommendations for the first batch in the new set of instructions is vital to a successful start. Doing a batch without vinegar, and a gallon batch at that, right from the start, must have been too much for a fledgling culture. Following the new instructions for my second culture, I am noticing that the culture is much thicker and already forming a baby on the second brew.

I hope this review is helpful for those who are just starting out, and that it can save you the pain of having to go through a second 30 day hydration process due to mold. The new culture I have is fantastic and incredibly healthy, and the folks at Cultures for Health's customer service do an excellent job. I highly recommend this product.

(Posted on 5/4/2014)

great Review by kd59
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started my 2nd batch... love it!

(Posted on 4/14/2014)



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