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Live Kombucha starter SCOBY – Organic

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Live Kombucha starter SCOBY – Organic

Rated 4.69 out of 5 based on 26 customer ratings
(26 customer reviews)

1,250.00 950.00

  • If you find better quality anywhere in the world, your money back
  • Unlimited phone support
  • Free replacement if it is dead by courier handling.
  • Buy once, it grows forever.
  • Matured and thicker scoby
  • Money back if you do not notice any benefits in 3 months.
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Health Benefits

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Health benefits of Kombucha

  • Relieve from alcohol addiction
  • Detoxifying the liver to feel healthier and livelier
  • Helping quell wracking coughs during cold and flu season
  • Improving eyesight and cataracts
  • Relieving headaches and migraines
  • Improving digestion
  • Relieving seasonal allergies
  • Suppressing the appetite for weight loss
  • Speeding the healing of ulcers (kombucha kills h. pylori, a common ulcer-causing bacterium)
  • Boosting energy
  • Fortifying the immune system
  • Easing joint pain
  • Getting rid of yeast problems
  • Cure for urinary problems
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Preparation

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Kombucha Preparation Step-by-Step Guide

(Refrigeration not recommended on arrival of your package. Put it in a cool place and make kombucha ASAP)

Utensils needed:

  • Wide mouth Pint or larger jar
  • Wood or plastic spoon
  • Plastic/nylon strainer
  • another pint-size or larger container to store the finished kefir

Ingredients needed:

  • Mushroom & Starter Tea ( from received package)
  • 1 little Water (well or filtered water)
      our starter liquid can handle only one litre of tea, So, first fermentation should be not more than 1 litre

  • White Sugar 4-6 spoons
  • Regular Green or Black tea (No de-caffeinated, No Flavored)

PREPARATION:

  1. Boil the water
  2. Remove from heat at boil
  3. Add sugar and stir (No metal) until it dissolve.
  4. Add 2-3 bags of tea, let it cool to room temperature
  5. Remove tea bags or filter the tea.
  6. Place the SCOBY and starter tea from your package into a glass jar.
  7. Pour room temperature tea in to the glass jar.
  8. There needs to be an inch space in the top for baby scoby to form/breathing.
  9. Close the jar with cloth, use elastic band to hold the cloth.
  10. Let it sit in your cupboard outside of direct sunlight for 5-7 days, ideal temperature is 70-85F. Above this temperature it become too sour.
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  11. Make sure not too much moisture or plants nearby which may make mold to grow
  12. After 5 days, look for any mold (fuzzy green fungi) on top of it, if you see it, then you need to discard all, but which is very rare.
  13. Use a straw to taste it (make sure your saliva do not go inside and contaminates). If it is sweeter then leave it for a day or two more.
  14. Filter the kombucha, leave 10% of kombuch as starter tea for next batch
  15. Use plastic holder or clean hand if you have to remove the scoby.
  16. For next batch start over from step 1.
  17. You can drink this kombucha or store in refrigerator with closed lid.
  18. If you want to flavor, You can do your favorite flavor like grapes
  19. My favorite – pour 4 spoons of ginger jouce and/or 4 spoons of lemon juice for every little of kombucha into a swing top bottle and leave it in room temperature for 2 – 3 days to get it fuzzy and more alcohol.
  20. Pressure continue to build since kombucha continue to ferment even without socby, so ordinary glass jar may explode if you forgot to open in few days, so swing top bottles are safe.
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Caution on consumption:

  • Start with 2 spoonful and slowly increase for your system to adopt since it contains very large amount of good bacteria and yeast.
  • If you are sensitive, drink with food.

Congratulations! I promise, you love this fuzzy drink and it change your health and life.

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FAQ

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Kombucha FAQ

What is Kombucha?

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Kombucha is an ancient and truly delicious tangy-sweet beverage that has many health benefits and has been passed down from generation to generation. It is the result of a fermentation process combining a Kombucha Mushroom, or ‘Scoby’ (Symbiotic Culture of Bacteria and Yeast) tea, sugar and water. Authentic kombucha scoby’s are self-propagating making it a wonderful sustainable, enjoyable and economical beverage to do at home.

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What is the kombucha mushroom or scoby?

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A kombucha mushroom looks somewhat like a pancake. Despite the name ‘mushroom’ it is not actually a mushroom or a fungus. Rather, it is a symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast. The bacteria and yeast from the mushroom / scoby work together in balance to ferment and convert the sugar and tea liquid into the final Kombucha drink. The diameter of the kombucha mushroom is based off the size of the jar used in fermenting. The mushroom will grow on the top of the kombucha drink and grow to fit the size of the jar, no matter what size it is. The longer the kombucha ferments, the thicker the mushroom should get.

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What teas can you use?

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We recommend starting out using green or black tea. Green tea tends to make a fatter scoby. It also creates more carbonation due to the greater amount of beneficial acids. But Green tends to sour quicker. Black tea tends to give you a smoother taste. You can try a combination of both to get the best of both worlds. Or use Oolong tea which is somewhere in between black and green tea.

White tea is younger than green and black. It will give a more delicate lightly flavored tea. You will usually get a thinner scoby. You will likely need to ferment longer as well. Recommended once established.

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How do I remove the caffeine from the tea if desired?

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1. Pre-steep the tea bags to decaffeinate them. Basically you just need to put the tea bags into boiling water for about 30 seconds then discard that water. Then put those tea bags into fresh hot water and steep as usual. The first 30 seconds is when most of the caffeine will leave the tea bags. It won’t remove all of the caffeine, but even decaffeinated teas contain some amount of caffeine. The flavanoids and beneficial minerals take minutes to steep, so it won’t affect the quality of our kombucha.

2. White tea has the least amount of caffeine, followed by Green tea. Black tea has the most caffeine.

3. Use less tea. Kombucha doesn’t need that much tea to thrive. Try cutting the amount by up to 1/2.

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How does the balance between the bacteria and yeast work?

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Like most cultures, Kombucha consists of a balance between bacteria and yeast. The yeast uses the minerals from the tea to produce enzymes that separate sugar into glucose and fructose. Yeast creates the alcohol and small amounts of CO2. The bacteria use both the alcohol and the available glucose as a source of energy and they produce beneficial things like acetic acid and gluconic acid as well as the mushroom itself.

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Not enough fizz or bubbles?

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The amount if fizz or bubbles is not generally indicative of a successful brew or not. It also has minor impact (if at all) on the overall benefit you get from drinking Kombucha. Some of the best brews are flat.

Typically when you start out, it’s more common to not have enough fizz. That’s because the yeast is what creates the (CO2) fizz and the yeast might not have enough variety and strength. After successive batches, it will pick up more airborne yeasts and some of the yeast that has become dormant will wake up

Too much sugar, weak tea or not enough tea, and cold temperatures can contribute to lack of fizz.

Usually yeast will increase as you do several batches, and many times you start running into problem with too much yeast, fizz and bubbles. But if you want to try tweaking for more carbonation, you can try less sugar, more tea or different tea and increase the temperature if possible.

Perhaps the best remedy to a flat kombucha drink is to add a tiny bit of sugar right before bottling. Be careful not to do too much as it can really get it going.

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Too much fizz / bubbles?

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Too much carbonation/fizz/bubbles usually indicates too much yeast and may pre-maturely sour the drink and cause an uneven or malformed scoby.

One of the main reasons is a warm temperature. Yeast produces alcohol and CO2 (fizz), but the temperature is high, it has higher respiration which increases the amount of CO2 and less alcohol. So then the bacteria has less alcohol for fuel and it makes it harder for them because they have to compete for the same glucose and oxygen. It can then cause the scoby to significantly slow down in growth.

A few things you can do to decrease fizz and CO2:

Increase the sugar or glucose available
Use less tea or steep for less time
Reduce the temperature
Reduce the amount of yeast

Try adding a little bit of glucose in place of sugar to give the bacteria a headstart. You can use corn syrup.

Using less tea decreases the amount of nutrients available for the yeast. This can actually produce less available glucose because the nutrients in the tea are needed to convert the sugar into glucose and fructose. However, using less tea forces the yeast to respire less and convert alcohol instead of CO2.

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How much should I drink when starting out?

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Because of how strong it is, we recommend you start out drinking a small amount and see how your body takes to it. Start with 1 or 2 ounces and increase slowly. Keep in mind that Kombucha is a powerful detoxifier and is considered diuretic (makes you urinate more often), so make sure to drink lots of water if you decide to drink larger quantities of Kombucha.

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What is growing on top? Is it Mold?

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It almost all cases its simply your new baby Kombucha Mushroom. The baby Kombucha starts out like a transparent film and then slowly gets bigger. Mold is actually quite rare with Kombucha because the symbiosis of bacteria and yeast keeps the mold at bay. If there ever is mold, it will be growing on top of the baby mushroom and it will look fuzzy or colorful and you would know right away that something was wrong.

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What happens if I can’t separate the mother and baby mushroom?

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Most of the time they will separate fairly smoothly with clean hands, but occasionally they will be stuck permanently together. That’s perfectly fine and normal. You can use them together in the next batch, or if they are torn or have holes in them, they will still make delicious Kombucha tea.

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How many times can I re-use the same Kombucha mushroom?

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You can re-use the mushroom as many times as you like. They tend to get a little darker with each batch but will still work great. If they start looking a little too dark and old, you can easily change it out with one the new baby ones.

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Can I eat the scoby?

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Yes, it is safe to eat the mushroom / scoby. Although it seems that the general consensus is that most people do not usually eat them. I believe the reason is more psychological as they do not look that appetizing. Also, they are also very strongly bonded & chewy which might appear to make it a little harder to digest. Many people do give it to the pets, which love it and display no ill effect from consuming it.

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Is Kombucha okay for pregnant and young children?

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Cautious is advised when pregnant or nursing or giving kombucha to children under 4. During those times, your body is in higher demand of minerals such as Calcium, Potassium and Magnesium. Kombucha tea contains Acetic Acid, which is a weak acid and when consumed, it can react with those minerals causing some measure of temporary depletion. Normal non-pregnant adults are not at such risk. It’s the same type of risk that soy milk and soy products have. So we do not advise consumption of kombucha when pregnant, nursing or for children under 4.

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How much alcohol is in Kombucha Tea?

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The amount varies, depending on factors such as the amount of sugar and length of time. Usually less than .5% but possibly up to 1.5%

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Can people with diabetes drink Kombucha Tea?

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The sugar gets used and converted by the bacteria and yeast during the brewing process. So the final Kombucha tea has a lot less sugar than what you put into it. Many people with diabetes report having no problems drinking it; while others may need to make some adjustments to compensate. One recent lab test confirmed a sugar content of 1.65 grams in an ounce of Kombucha Tea that had been fermenting for 15 days.

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Does Kombucha have a detox effect?

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Kombucha has a detoxifying nature due mostly to the acids. Primary glucoronic acid. A healthy liver naturally creates large amount of glucoronic acid. By increasing the amount, it helps to further detoxify the body. Glucornoic acids binds to toxins and flushes them out through the kidneys. And once bound they cannot escape. Glucornoic acids are water-soluable and won’t be reabsorbed by the body. The acid also helps stop viral infections and can dissolve gallstones.

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What is the best type of container to use when fermenting?

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The best container tends to be glass. It’s also the most common and easiest to purchase. You can use stone crocks, but are harder to get. Food grade plastic that is suitable for acidic foods can also work, but when in doubt, stick with glass. The highly acidic nature of kombucha can leech just about anything over time. Metal and metal containers should definitely be avoided as the metals can be leeched over time.

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How do I store the extra Scobys?

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There are 2 basic ways you can store scobys:

1. The “scoby hotel” method. This is the method we recommend. You can store the extra mushrooms in a large jar at room temperature with a combination of finished tea and sweet tea. And as the liquid evaporates, you need to top it off with sweet tea (every week or two) for the scobys to eat. It will continue to make a new mushroom all the time, which you can either be kept or discarded. Discarded mushrooms are great for compost. Dogs love dried mushrooms as chew toys too!

2. You can store the mushrooms in a closed jar in a little bit of finished tea (starter tea) in the fridge. If you plan to store them for a very long time, we suggest adding a little sweet tea (the original tea and sugar water) so they have something more to feed on. Keep in mind though, that the fridge does temporarily slow the Kombucha down, so expect your 1st batch out of the fridge to be on the slow side, but should be up to speed for the 2nd batch..

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26 reviews for Live Kombucha starter SCOBY – Organic

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Anitha Pappu (verified owner)

    i truly enjoying my kefir and kombucha products. I m recomending them to buy too. Today i m again making purchase of water kefir for a relative. Thank you for such amazing products at low cost.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Nilesh Manakikar (verified owner)

    Nice products. – Nilesh, Mumbai

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Capt.Tarak (verified owner)

    i m extremely happy with my purchase of the Kombucha..I ve received a super healthy n thick scobby thts 1/2 inch thick and 3 inch in diameter.And i ve gt a baby growing alrdy by the time i received it..It took 5 day to receive my delivery ,but, the scooby is in its prime condition. Culturesmarket is a very reliable seller..I ll be cming bck fr more probiotics fr sure!cheers n thnks a lot fr the Kombucha!

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Malini Santhosh (verified owner)

    This is very thick scoby and matured, works from first day. In Mumbai ready made kombucha is extremely costly but good news is , you can make it yourself which is very cheap and easy. I have seen many vendors sell with USA cost. Thanks for selling in Indian price 🙂 . Good luck

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Nidhi Paf (verified owner)

    Most reliable. Thank you

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Dinesh patel (verified owner)

    hi, wanted to buy kombucha in mumbai. received your thicker scoby in 3 days. my second batch ready, already i got good size baby scoby. good service with better price.

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    sangram sahu

    How will i order it… I stay at orissa

    • culturemarket

      Hi Sangram,
      buy Kombucha in orissa right here and delivered at your door step in 2 to 3 days. thanks

  8. Rated 4 out of 5

    Prashanth

    please let me know, exactly how much quantity of kombucha needs to be drink once it is ready? any quantity specified to drink?

    • culturemarket

      Hi Prashanth,

      Please first try with few spoons, once your body accepts it, you can starts with 100ml per day , after 10 days you can try to increase slowly accordingly to your body. Drink lots of water initially to flush out toxins removed by the drink.

      Thanks

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    Kavya Sharma (verified owner)

    Received kombucha in mumbai on 3nd day of my order. doing great!!!. comparatively great price!. good service!

  10. Rated 4 out of 5

    Amita Singh chauhan

    Hi ! I had bought kambucha scooby ..a month back ,brewed the tea once ..it came out excellent..and the scooby doubled too ..the second batch am noting expansion in width but along with it fuzzy bubbles plus black fuzziness at few spots on the top..the mother scooby at the lower level looks fine ..I am guessing it’s a mould formation on the top .what do I do.do I discard the top layer and retain the bottom scooby or do I discard the whole thing ..thanks ..pls help

    • culturemarket

      Hi Amita,

      We value your health more than 450 rupees, you do not want to take chance, please discord everything, before doing it, will you please send a picture of it to support@culturesmarket.in. let us also find the reason for it. thanks

  11. Rated 5 out of 5

    Aman Bhatia (verified owner)

    These guys are awesome, excellent quality and service. They will go out of the way to help you out and answer any questions.

  12. Rated 5 out of 5

    Shweta (verified owner)

    How to preserve kambucha scoby if I don’t want to make

    • culturemarket

      Hi Shwetha,
      Just put in a jar and fill with around 500ml sugar+tea water and keep it in refrigerator, it will be good for few week’s. If you want to store for months, just freeze it. Thanks

  13. Rated 5 out of 5

    Avinash

    I m very interested to buy your excellent drinks, scooby and Kefir grains in Chennai where can I buy them from? Thank you

    • culturemarket

      Hi Avinash,
      For our cultures place your order we will Deliver in one or two days,if you need readymade drink you can buy products nearby following list in http://kefirkombucha.in/locator.html

  14. Rated 4 out of 5

    dart

    Can I get a sample of this product to try?

    • culturemarket

      Hi, these cultures are buy once and use forever. Thanks

  15. Rated 5 out of 5

    Dr V Sailaja

    I haven’t received reply email for my query. I have one more question for immunity Amani or milk kefir which is best if I get an early reply I can order for culture

    • culturemarket

      Sorry for the delay Dr. Just replied. Milk kefir is best for immunity. Thank you

  16. Rated 5 out of 5

    prithvicoorg (verified owner)

    can i get certificate on your kombucha product about the use of bacteria in the culture

    • culturemarket

      Hi Prithvi,
      I could not find any lab which does this certificate in India, if you know any please let me know. But there are 4 students doing research projects as part of thier microbiology course with our SCOBY. once I get the report, I will post it in our Facebook page. Thank you.

  17. Rated 2 out of 5

    Dr V Sailaja

    I want to buy milk kefir for energy and osteoporosis. Can I purchase in summer Is it stable/live in summer heat or shall I wait for a month.for osteoporosis which kefir water or milk is best. Is there any vendor at Hyderabad.

    • culturemarket

      Hello Dr,
      Milk kefir has more strains and count, so I would recommend milk kefir. These Grains are very Hardy and survives this heat. Please order and you will receive in 4 or 5 days. Thank you.

  18. Rated 5 out of 5

    Hema Mishra

    I have gone through your products and am interested in buying u r milk kefir drink and Kombucha drinks. i stay in Bramha Avenue on NIBM road, Pune. i would like to know which shops sell these products

    • culturemarket

      Hi Hema, at this time, these drinks available only in tamilnadu but we send our cultures to all over India, so that you can make these wonder drinks yourself at your home which is very cheaper than buying at stores, if you have time to make it. Thank you for asking.

  19. Rated 5 out of 5

    pruthvi (verified owner)

    i have bought it few weaks ago and i want to know which species of microbes are you using?

    • culturemarket

      Thank you, it contains

      Bacteria Strains:

      Bacterium gluconicum
      Bacterium xylinum
      Acetobacter xylinum
      Acetobacter xylinoides
      Acetobacter Ketogenum

      Yeast Strains:

      Saccharomycodes ludwigii
      Saccharomycodes apiculatus
      Schizosaccharomyces pombe
      Zygosaccharomyes
      Saccharomyces cerevisiae

      Acids and others:

      Acetic acid
      Acetoacetic acid
      Benzoic acid
      propenyl ester
      Benzonitrile
      Butanoic acid
      Caffeine
      Citric acid
      Cyanocobalamin
      Decanoic acid
      Ethyl Acetate
      Fructose
      d-Gluconic acid
      Glucose
      Hexanoic acid
      Itaconic acid
      2-Keto-gluconic acid
      5-Keto-gluconic acid
      2-Keto-3-deoxy-gluconic Lactic acid
      Niacinamide
      Nicotinic acid
      Pantothenic acid
      Phenethyl Alcohol
      Phenol, 4-ethyl
      6-Phospho gluconate
      Propionic acid
      Octanoic acid
      Oxalic acid
      Riboflavin
      d-Saccharic acid
      (Glucaric acid)
      Succinic acid
      Thiamin
      plus 40 other acid esters in trace amount.

  20. Rated 5 out of 5

    S.Krithika

    Hi, I am final year MicroBiology student from Bangalore , we are using this SCOBY for our project, my mentor said it is genuine. Thanks to culturesmarket for giving it free for our research and i will send you the copy of project report to you once done.

  21. Rated 3 out of 5

    Jitu shah

    Want to purchase

    • admin

      Please send us your address, we will courier with cash on delivery. Thank you

  22. Rated 5 out of 5

    Katapusic Jersey

    Thank you very much! Excellent company and support, replied hundred of my questions quickly, sent it very well packed. Scoby is alive, fresh and made my first Kombucha already! So happy!!!

  23. Rated 5 out of 5

    Mahaveersingh yadav

    I known Frome my relatives that The combucha tea is best incident,to use naccaserily to all of usSo ,I wish to have the same

  24. Rated 5 out of 5

    Vivek Sharma

    I became consistent Brewer now. This taste better than beer with lots of health benefits. My digestive improved a lot. Thank good, Good substitute for my alcohols.

  25. Rated 5 out of 5

    Aman Singh

    I got it in two days. It is thicker SCOBY and reasonable price. It makes tasty Kombucha. I recommend.

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