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"It Works!"

We got the culture and followed instructions. Slow start but after three weeks it is making a baby. Hopefully we will get many batches.

- M

Kombucha Starter Culture

SKU: 6100
$14.99

Availability: In stock

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Brew delicious, organic kombucha at home and save money! Commercial kombucha sells for $3+ per bottle. Using our kombucha starter culture you can brew your own kombucha for $2 per gallon. When combined with sweetened tea and fermented, the resulting kombucha beverage has a tart zing that can be flavored in a variety of ways!

  • Each box contains 1 dehydrated kombucha starter culture (SCOBY) and 25 pH strips.
  • Cultures at 68° - 85°F. Initial batch must culture for 30 days. Subsequent batches culture in 7-30 days.
  • This starter requires white cane sugar, plain black tea, and distilled white vinegar for culturing.
  • Reusable culture - transfer the culture (SCOBY) from batch to batch.
  • With proper care, the culture can be used indefinitely to create delicious, fermented tea!
  • Instructions for using this culture are included and may be found here.
  • Having trouble making kombucha? Browse our Kombucha Troubleshooting Articles or contact us for assistance.

 

Kombucha Starter Culture Instructions and Troubleshooting

 

Kombucha Starter Culture Ingredients

  • Organic sugar, organic black tea, live active cultures.

 

Kombucha Starter Culture Allergen Information

  • Manufactured in a facility that also processes products containing soy and dairy.
  • Non-GMO
  • Gluten-free
  • Vegan

 

Additional Details About the Kombucha Starter Culture

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. 

 

Shipping and Storage Information

Our Kombucha Starter Culture is shipped in a dehydrated state and must be rehydrated before use.

  • For best results, store in the refrigerator and use by the date on the box.
  • Freezer storage is NOT recommended.

 

 

Actual product may differ from image shown above.

       
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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Reviews

70 Reviews For "Kombucha Starter Culture"

  1. Cost Effective Health Drink!

    by Yurek on 01 Sat,2013

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    I have never cultured Kombucha before and it has been a successful project. I appreciate the ability to make the same tea my ancestors drank in Russia. One difficultly is finding a warm space to speed up the culture (mine is on top of the refrigerator at about 68 degrees). Even without ideal temperature I have been able to get about four pints from a one gallon jar started 40 days ago. Kombucha is about 4 dollars at the co-op so I have already made up the cost of the starter and tea! I look forward to making even more when the summer comes!

  2. great service and great products , thank you

    by larry on 05 Tue,2013

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    the quality of service from this company is amazing and reliable i have really enjoyed calling when i need some information and answers.

  3. Easy to make

    by Danielle on 11 Sun,2013

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    Easy to follow directions that won't fail. The tea taste great. Myself and several family members have used these starters with great success. Staff is extremely helpful and knowledgeable.

  4. Excellent quality!

    by Jaeric on 11 Fri,2013

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    Excellent product.

  5. simple and great culture

    by amy on 12 Sun,2013

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    I was having a hard time getting a new culture to start on my own. I decided to try this culture and am so happy that I did. I feel like the kombucha and it's taste from this culture is better than my other batches.

  6. I don't know yet, It is too soon. The Kombucha is still culturing and won't be ready until February

    by Carolalev on 12 Tue,2013

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    I'll let you know what happens when the culturing process is complete

  7. Great

    by Jill on 01 Mon,2014

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    Great

  8. So excited, making my own kombucha!

    by Sara on 02 Mon,2014

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    I am addicted to this...I was so nervous it would be difficult to make my own, while looking for organic yogurt culture I came upon this awesome site. I cannot believe how easy this has been! Just finished my first gallon batch and it's delicious, only one gallon every 30 days will not fill our needs so waiting to get some new scobys. Even though I messed up by not fulling reading the directions, I still successful, and the online assistance unreal, it was a Saturday morning when I logged on and hit the chat option highly expecting to get a message to try on Monday, but nope they were there! Will always refer and use this site exclusively!

  9. Arrived quickly, cannot wait to taste the results

    by Jenn on 02 Thu,2014

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    The product arrived quickly, and I now I cannot wait to taste the goodness that awaits!

  10. Takes a while, but hope its worth it

    by Cyndy on 02 Thu,2014

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    So after the 30 days I'm finally ready to brew my first batch. The only problem is I added the kombucha starter liquid AND the vinegar as well. I hope this doesn't kill my culture.

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

  11. Yes yess yesss

    by FermentMe on 03 Mon,2014

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    Awesome product. Great price. Been sharing with family & friends. The hardest part is the waiting...My whole family loves this fizzy tea - especially with ginger in it. Everyone from my 70-year old mother to my teenagers drink the Kombucha 1x per day. We are all healthy. Life is good. Blame it on the tea!

  12. Helps you to learn to be patient

    by jeffiesmom on 03 Sat,2014

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    Received my culture quickly in the mail, and prepared it the next day. The jar sits on top of my kitchen cabinets. It gets light, is warm and is not disturbed. From where I stand in the kitchen, after 2 weeks, I can see an opaque film forming on top of the tea. Cool! Excited by the process and looking forward to making a drinkable batch. Thankful also for the support offered by this company - both written info and ability to chat if needed.

  13. Cool!

    by elix on 03 Sat,2014

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    I am very pleased. This culture worked much faster than the you-tube DIY homemade cultures and I think the flavor is better from this "boughten culture"

  14. CFH is very supportive! Products are Great!

    by suz on 03 Sat,2014

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    My dehydrated scoby arrived in perfect condition. I still have 12 days to wait for the 30 days rehydration period to be completed. However, I've had questions during the rehydration process and I've chatted with support persons who have been available immediately and extremely helpful. Anxiously awaiting to taste the new brew! I've purchased other cultures from CFH and everyone has been so helpful when I have questions. Wonderful!

  15. Great starter

    by Fiona on 03 Mon,2014

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    It comes dehydrated so it takes a while to hydrate fully but once it does you have a great starter for your kombucha

  16. Worth the Wait

    by iharlow on 03 Sun,2014

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    30 days starting the culture plus 7 additional days to brew my first Kombucha batch took every ounce of my short attention span. But I was pleasantly surprised a sludge looking goo, vinegar, sugar and brewed tea could produce something so tasty and healthy to boot!

    I read the fermentation process diminishes the sugar content of Kombucha. I am happy to report the final result is hardly sweet.

    This starter is a fun project with clear, easy instructions for the greenhorn brewer.

  17. Kombucha

    by anico on 04 Tue,2014

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    I was a little nervous about my kombucha, but I finally had my first taste of it today, and it is great!! Better yet, is that I am the only one in my family that likes it, so it is ALL MINE!!!! HA! With 6 kids and a husband that want to "share" everything, this is a happy day for me! Anyway...the kombucha stater is a super deal, and it works wonderfully. It was hard to wait the initial 30 days to rehydrate, but it is well worth the effort!! I am going to try adding flavors and a second fermentation next time around. Cultures for health is a site full of info, which I truly appreciate!

  18. great

    by kd59 on 04 Mon,2014

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    started my 2nd batch... love it!

  19. A Few Tips...

    by Matt on 05 Sun,2014

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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.

  20. Awesome. Have patience and you will be rewarded

    by irishcrab on 05 Thu,2014

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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!

  21. Great deal

    by hijodelaluna on 06 Sun,2014

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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

  22. Fun!!!

    by kim on 07 Tue,2014

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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. :)

  23. Still a work in progress

    by Richard on 07 Sun,2014

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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).

  24. Great product and fantastic customer support

    by Barb on 07 Sat,2014

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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.

  25. prolific culture

    by miriam on 10 Fri,2014

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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

  26. Easy way to begin brewing your own kombucha

    by Heather on 02 Sun,2015

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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!

  27. 5*

    by Vicky on 03 Wed,2015

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

  28. Everything about this is great!

    by Erin on 11 Fri,2015

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    I found this company by looking for instructions on YouTube. The videos are all so clear and helpful. I just finished my first batch and the kombucha is better than any I've had from the store. The SCOBY was very easy to rehydrate and the price is fine considering how much I'm going to save by making my own. I also love the emails from Cultures for Health and I can't say that about almost anyone else.

  29. Good Quality

    by cair on 01 Sun,2016

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    Easy to follow instructions and it's a healthy scoby!

  30. Faster culturing and great customer education and service

    by Cindy on 04 Sun,2016

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    If you don't have a warm place to culture your KT, you can buy a seed mat that is used for germinating new seeds. It warms it about 10 degrees just sitting on the mat. Also I want to say Cultures for Health has the best customer service and education arm, that I have seen second to none.

  31. Best customer service I've ever dealt with. Vetry Honorable Company.

    by Nick on 04 Mon,2016

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    I purchased a Kombucha scoby from a local health food store and attempted to rehydrate it. It was not looking like it was working. I kept changing the solution as they directed but mine had mold on it and I discarded it and contacted customer service. This is an amazing company. I highly recommend dealing with them.

  32. First time buyer

    by Babs on 05 Tue,2016

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    I've purchased ready made kombucha for aprx $3 so I know what it is supposed to taste like. The starter came promptly, was super easy to put together. I was worried because my house is rarely over 65 degrees and my kombucha didn't look like anything was going on. But after 3 weeks I tasted it and wow, what zing! Immediately put all but a quarter cup into the fridge and started the second batch. Super easy!!

  33. Simple to follow.

    by Robyne on 06 Wed,2016

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    The directions are really clear and easy to follow. I have made my first batch and can not wait for the second. Love that your company offers more ideas on their website.

  34. Excited to brew Kombucha!

    by ncalyssa8083 on 07 Wed,2016

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    Currently just rehydrating my scoby, but I am excited to brew my first batch after that. The instructions were easy to follow and simple to setup the process. Now just patiently waiting 30 days! Guess I can use the time to decide on recipes/flavors! I have bought water kefir grains and yogurt cultures and have been highly satisfied also with everything! Great site, great service, Great product!

  35. Excellent product

    by K. on 07 Mon,2016

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    I have drank home made Kombucha before and it even helps with indigestion for me. With the books and videos of these old fashioned cookery that I once had when I was a child. It is good that some OLD things linger.

  36. Cannot go wrong with these people!

    by Ellen on 08 Fri,2016

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    I have not yet completed my culture, but the customer service is absolutely outstanding! Failure with first batch due to my own mistakes did not prevent them from going the extra mile to help me start over! I look forward to excellent results this time, following the instructions!

  37. Great product! Takes some patience...

    by Cait on 06 Tue,2014

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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.

  38. Not complete yet

    by Cidy on 03 Wed,2015

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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 [email protected]

  39. Looks Good

    by Tilly on 04 Tue,2015

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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!

  40. good product, excellent customer service

    by Amber on 04 Wed,2016

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    good product, excellent customer service

  41. Wonderful!

    by SteveF on 05 Thu,2014

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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.

  42. Waiting for my Culture to complete

    by Puter on 07 Tue,2014

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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!!

  43. I'm glad to be able to get the starter culture

    by Liisel on 04 Tue,2015

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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.

  44. It Works!

    by M on 04 Thu,2015

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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.

  45. Tasty and easy

    by EJGryphon on 11 Tue,2015

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    It's taken me two tries to get this going, but now that I feel I've gotten it figured it out I'm really enjoying my kombucha tea.

  46. A Newbie

    by Denise on 12 Sun,2013

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    The scoby I received didn't make a "baby". Not sure it that is normal or not. It took a long time to harvest but it is Winter here and I knew it would take a little longer. I harvested about 4 weeks in. The directions were very easy for a newbie, however it would be nice to have measurements of containers. I wasn't sure how much water to use in a Gallon Sized container to start.

    I am pleased that there are are easy directions packaged though. I had to refer back to them quite a few times as I knew thing had to be precise and on-key. I will order from this company again and suggest it to others.

    Note from CFH: It is normal that no baby scoby form for the first few batches, when beginning with a dehydrated scoby. There is a chart included in the instructions with amounts of ingredients to use for a quart-, half-gallon-, and gallon-sized batch.

  47. Easier than I expected

    by Leslie on 02 Sun,2014

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    I am a newbie at making Kombucha and just finished making my 2nd batch. Quite please with the results, as I have been drinking about 12 oz daily. I purchased a 2.5 gal container with a spout for draining which is one thing that has made the process easier; plus, I'm now considering continuously brewing this great drink. I had a plastic electrical seed germination pad that I wrapped around the container and then wrapped that with a small blanket and tied everything together on the outside of the container because the room I keep the container in is quite cool during the day, as I turn down the heat in the house to 65 while I'm at work. The container stays nice and toasty and ferments the tea in 7 days. I'd like to go a little longer to obtain the good detox stuff, but am concerned the brew will be too vinegar tasting, so haven't done this yet. All in all, I'm very satisfied with the culture and the whole process. The key is the temperature.

  48. Kumbucha starter

    by Pearl on 07 Fri,2016

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    I haven't had enough time to find out if it works, I have it in a jar for 30 days. The directions were written well with numbers for support if needed.

    Response from CFH: We look forward to hearing how wonderful it turned out! Please contact us if you need us!

  49. I haven't used this product yet because of the length of culture time. I didn't want to wait so long and fortifications had a friend who had a spare scoby.

    by Diana on 07 Tue,2016

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    I have purchased many products from this company and find them to be fast and delivery and very high-quality products. I would recommend anybody to this company.

  50. coming to life

    by Liz on 11 Thu,2013

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    I have been incubating this dehydrated culture for 3 weeks now, and it seems to finally be coming to life.
    The room temp is 69 at night, and 71-75 daytime, and I know it could do better if it were warmer. So far there's no mold, and the brown sludge above & below the growing "disc" (hovers above bottom of Qt mason jar) tells me it's working. I had read that dehydrated cultures don't work, so I was doubtful about this one, but with time it should be viable. 30 days is a long time to wait to brew my 1st batch KT, so I am getting anxious for it to grow!
    Very nice packaging & excellent instructions included. I just have to be patient! Nice website w/lots of good info/support. Thanks!

  51. hmmm...

    by Sea on 03 Sun,2014

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    I have had a successful SOBY before, and wanted to start making kombucha again; however, this one isn't working (yet?).. Not sure what to do.

    It's been over 30 days.

    Any suggestions?


    Response from CFH: Customer was contacted for troubleshooting assistance, and together we found the scoby is indeed working. - Jerri

  52. four.

    by Ray on 07 Sun,2014

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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.

  53. A Dehydrated Scoby is a Dehydrated Scoby

    by Katey on 05 Wed,2015

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    I've ordered two types of kombucha scobys in the last few months, one was a dehydrated scoby from Cultures for Health and the other was a live scoby shipped in some starter tea from another online retailer. I will preface the rest of my review by saying that I live in a cold climate and I think if you live in a warmer climate and have optimum conditions in your home for kombucha you might have better success with a dehydrated scoby.

    For me, buying a live culture is hands down the better way to go if you want to get into kombucha. I got a massive, thick, healthy scoby that I was able to start brewing with right away and I didn't have to deal with any of the hassles of re-hydration. Even in my fairly cool kitchen I didn't have any issues.

    Now, with the dehydrated scoby I followed all of the Cultures for Health instructions regarding re-hydration to the letter, found the best spot in my kitchen that I could, and waited 30 days. Still no sign of a new scoby. Honestly, though, by the time the 30 day mark came around I had already made two full brews with the live culture I ordered and I had kind of already given up on the re-hydrating scoby. Had I persisted with it I'm sure it would eventually come back, but it just wasn't worth the hassle for me, and I've read that a lot of people have frequent issues with mold with rehydrated scobys. I ended up composting the CfH scoby.

    I will say that the CfH scobys are cheaper than the live cultures I purchased by about $10, but for me, I think the extra money you spend on a live scoby is worth it so you don't have to deal with the headache of rehydrating. That's just me. As I said before, I think if you have optimum conditions for it and are patient, I'm sure these cultures are fine. I also think that CfH has great follow up and customer service for their products.

    Note from CfH: We dehydrate our cultures for the health and safety of our customers. This allows us to perform regular pathogen testing. We ask that you contact Customer Support if you have questions or concerns regarding your products.

  54. crossing my fingers

    by fermenting chicken on 10 Wed,2015

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    I have had the kombucha for about a month now, but not much has happened. I have changed out the tea/sugar mix once and it was very vinegary. Im hoping this second mix will be better. I hope the scoby has not died. I'll let you know how it turns out.
    crossing my fingers

    CFH Note: The dehydrated scoby may not change much, it is quietly processing the sugar and lowering the pH, getting ready for your next batch. A dead scoby will not process sugar, as long as your kombucha is less sweet or the pH is dropping, the scoby is working. The process will take more time in cooler temperatures so don't be afraid to find a slightly warmer location for brewing and contact Customer Support if you have any questions.

  55. Stand up company

    by Doug on 06 Mon,2014

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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.

  56. > 3 weeks and nothing happening...

    by EmilyRHN on 09 Tue,2014

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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.

  57. Dehydrated SCOBYs will be very slow to start

    by Erica B. on 06 Thu,2016

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    You definitely get what you pay for. These cultures will eventually produce Kombucha but even in my 75-80 degree kitchen it takes 4-6 weeks to get a 32 oz batch of Kombucha. I have yet to get this culture to produce a 2nd batch of Kombucha. 2 weeks into my 2nd batch, I still had no change in pH or increase in turbidity in my tea. I got impatient and added a cup of starter tea from a competitor and within days I had a change in turbidity and a new baby SCOBY began forming on top.

    I will say though, that customer service is awesome and they really go the extra mile to help you. They ask very detailed questions to do an in-depth analysis of your brewing method and provide great advice.

    Bottomline: I believe in time that the SCOBY will recover and begin consistently producing great kombucha, but if you are impatient like me, you will probably have a more positive experience with a culture that is shipped in a non dehydrated state in starter tea.

  58. Not sure yet.....

    by KW on 02 Sun,2014

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    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.

  59. No Second scobe yet......

    by AR on 05 Thu,2014

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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.

  60. No baby scoby after 4th culture

    by Calvin on 11 Sat,2014

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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.

  61. Mold is a common issue

    by KT on 01 Sat,2016

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    Price is great, obviously inexpensive. Ordered the Dehydrated SCOBY via Thrive Market. Couldn't wait to get started. Gathered the ingredients needed to begin rehydration and the starter. Followed the directions to a T. 30 days later, hardly any change in SCOBY, which wasn't a concern. Starter liquid tasted just as it should, so I proceeded to making the Kombucha. After continuing to follow the directions precisely, a few days into the brewing process, there was fuzzy green and white spots of mold beginning to grow. I quickly scooped out the pieces of mold as soon as I seen them, thinking I could salvage the batch. Nope. More mold is now present. So disheartening. It takes so much time to finally get it to where it's almost done, and then this. I read several other reviews on here, and it seems several have problems with mold. My temperature was right, so I'm not sure what it could have been. Definitely looking for a hydrated SCOBY now. CFH says they ship their SCOBY's dehydrated to keep them safe from extreme temps, but several other companies ship hydrated SCOBY's, so I don't see why they don't start?

    All in all, I wouldn't order a dehydrated SCOBY again just for the fact that it takes a month to hydrate. Too long!

    Response from CFH: Thank you for the feedback! We are always happy to help the moment something is troubling. Our goals are to teach and troubleshoot immediately so we can ensure your success. Please contact us and we'd be happy to assist!

  62. DID NOT EXPECT A9 DRIED SCOBY -- TAKES TOO LONG TO GET TEA

    by KAY on 02 Sun,2014

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    This dried scoby was unexpected. I thought I was going to get one that would start working sooner. Its been over a month and nothing is happening. Except that I continue to pay for bottles at Whole Foods. I would not have bought it had I known it takes a month or more to get this to start making me tea. Really disappointed. Did not want such a long wait for my tea. I wish I could get a refund and get a live one somewhere. Sorry team this is not working for me.... honestly you need to make the huge time lag clearer to the purchasers. If you have a fresh one available I would love it in exchange. You have my c4ontact info.
    KAY

    Response from CFH: It is normal that there be no visible signs of culturing at first, when beginning with a dehydrated scoby. Please contact customer support if you have concerns about your culture or process.

  63. Culture needs to age for 30 days before you can brew kombucha

    by T on 02 Fri,2015

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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.

  64. Disappointed

    by lolobaba on 12 Wed,2013

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    I followed instructions to the letter, yet after 3 weeks, not even a white film is forming on top of my tea. I am losing hope...

    Response from CFH: It is normal that no baby scoby form for a few batches, when beginning with a dehydrated scoby. Testing the flavor and/or pH of the brew is the best way to know if it is culturing properly. Flavor should be rich and vinegary; pH should be 4.0 or lower, for a finished batch of kombucha.

  65. Followed the directions and it molded

    by cf on 02 Thu,2014

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    I purchased the kombucha tea starter culture and followed the directions to a T, to the point that I controlled the temperature of the area with a space heater set to 65-70. When the kombucha was supposed to be ready, what I found was an underdeveloped scoby and a cake of mold.

    The kombucha I started from a bottled beverage turned out just fine. They were sitting right next to each other.

    I will not buy another starter culture scoby. My $3.50 bottled beverage was a far more successful starter than the $20 (after shipping) kombucha tea starter culture.

    Response from CFH: We recommend keeping 4 feet between cultures so that they do not cross-contaminate each other.

  66. Don't bother

    by Katzme1283 on 03 Fri,2016

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    If it sounds like it isn't possible to dehydrate a SCOBY to be used later it's not. I didn't get a baby or even any sign whatsoever. For a starter batch without SCOBY, you're better off using unpasteurized apple cider vinegar instead of white vinegar. Don't waste your time or money with this product.

    Response from CFH: We are terribly sorry the process appeared to be unsuccessful. In our instructions we state that it's quite normal for a baby scoby to not form. We do not recommend the use of raw apple cider vinegar as the bacteria will compete with the kombucha scoby, and harm the scoby or hinder the process. We are always happy to troubleshoot by phone, email, or Live Chat so that we can ensure your success.

  67. Dehydrated Cultures won't work long term

    by Kim on 06 Thu,2014

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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.

  68. it doesn't work

    by Jatiga on 05 Sun,2015

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    I received the dehydrated kombucha, follow the instructions that came with it and watch the videos. I am at 3 weeks and there is absolutely no activity.

    Response from CFH: It is normal for there to be no change to the scoby for the first few batches. Our support team is happy to help with your cultures if you have any questions or concerns.

  69. Would not buy again

    by R on 10 Fri,2015

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    I loved the idea of having a kombucha starter that allowed for some flexibility (i could place it in the fridge until I was ready to brew). What I recieved was a dud. I followed the directions exactly and nothing happened. I was fortunate enough to have a friend who provided me with a SCOBY which has worked beautifully. I would not purchase a dehydrated SCOBY again.

    Response from CFH: Please contact Customer Support before discarding any products. Some cultures can be salvaged with minor adjustments.

  70. Scoby never produced baby, not worth $14.99

    by Niecy on 06 Mon,2016

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    I'm on my 3rd batch and still no new scoby, although I contacted support after the first batch they said this sometimes happens. now I have to through this one out because I read that after a month or so the mother scoby is no good. although I enjoy the Kombucha, I found now on this batch the ph. is too high. not worth the $14.99.

    Response from CFH: We are always happy to assist by passing along our knowledge and best practice advice! Please keep working with us so we can ensure your success!

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Kombucha Starter Culture Ingredients

  • Organic sugar, organic black tea, live active cultures.

Kombucha Starter Culture Allergen Information

  • Manufactured in a facility that also processes products containing soy and dairy.
  • Non-GMO
  • Gluten-free
  • Vegan

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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 [email protected]
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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 [email protected]
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