100 Replies to “Kombucha Basics: SCOBY care & SCOBY hotels”

  1. Lisa Pezzella says:

    My 1st kombucha I don't think I used any started tea (b/c I didn't know what that was) & after 7 days it does taste like vinegar, can I still drink it? What did i do wrong? am I suppose to dilute it?

  2. Lisa Pezzella says:

    thank you! I forgot to say it's not carbonated yet, will it get that way if I leave it out w/out the scoby?

  3. Lisa Pezzella says:

    thank you I appreciate your time! :o)

  4. Terrance Ferguson says:

    I’ve been brewing my own kombucha for a couple of months now and am finding it is tasting more “vinegary” with each batch. Ive kept the same ratio of tea and sugar for each batch, could it be some issue with the scoby that is causing this? Thanks!

  5. Maneich says:

    Is it ok if your scoby floats to the bottom?

  6. Tara McGee Perry says:

    Hi ! I successfully grew my own Scoby! Actually I grow 2! – separately-One from only GT’s and one from GT with sweet tea added.
    I gave them just shy of 4 weeks and they are “beautiful” lol
    Anyway I only used 1 of the Scoby’s to start F1- Can I combine the starter liquids to store the 2nd Scoby?
    Thanks for all your advice!

  7. Vicky Fung says:

    Can you store scobies just using sweet tea and no raw kombucha tea?

  8. Nina says:

    Here a simple question: have you noticed if the presence of more SCOBY's in a kombucha batch make the fermetation process stronger and/or faster? Thank you!

  9. Cháris Lenox says:

    I have just 1 scoby on my kombucha hotel, can I use that scoby on a new batch of kombucha, and is it ok for my hotel be without a scoby? I don’t want to take it apart because my scoby is new (thin) and I want it to get thicker.

  10. Anthony Campos says:

    Looks like a she got a jar full of looks like a cross between a pancake and a booger

  11. Bonnie Reimann says:

    Thanks for the video(s) – for the tea that you "feed" your scoby hotel, do you use 2 TBSP of tea for the 2 cups of tea? How long do you steep it before adding the sugar?

  12. Thomas Gonick says:

    well done…yet again!

  13. Health & Fitness Boost says:

    Kombucha Tea ☕️ is healthy, i love it 😍

  14. E. Bornhijm says:

    How do you know if your scoby isn't to "yeasty "? If it has the right amount of yeast and bacteria?

  15. JaneFord says:

    HI and thanks for your video! My question: can you not use the fermented liquid in the hotel jar to drink? I was thinking, it would be a great idea if you want your kombucha to be brewed faster to have several scobies in the jar, and thus, the hotel idea would seem to work to brew faster. What do you do with the hotel brewed liquid?

  16. JaneFord says:

    Can you add sugar straight to the hotel when it becomes too acidic and the scobies need feeding (instead of adding extra brewed sweet tea?) I just wonder because it'd be faster to just add sugar insteadof having to brew tea plus add the sugar in the brewed tea.

  17. bLedq says:

    Faaantastic channel! GJ!

  18. Kevin goodson says:

    I've been really studying/watching your videos and it's nice that your approach is simple. I have my first batch of booch that is about 10 days old.The flavor is slightly sweet and mild vinegary. And yes, I'm a proud papa of a beautiful new scoby. I think tomorrow I might start some bottles with black cherries, red raspberry, and maybe some fresh Rosemary off my plant for flavoring. Are those flavors user friendly? You are the only subscription I've had on youtube. Great videos.

  19. Bonnie Reimann says:

    Quick question – I've experimented with some herbal tea infusions during the F1 stage – can/should the scoby that forms during those be put in the same hotel with the other scobys?

  20. Kim Alm says:

    My scoby is not floating, and its been one day since I started first fermentation. Is it something wrong with it???

  21. Janet Farnsworth says:

    Where did you buy you temperature strip on your bottle

  22. Eduardo Salcedo Sr: says:

    Can u eat the Scooby?

  23. keepdancingmaria says:

    I have just reached a point where I don't feel like brewing another gallon jar of black tea. I was settling in to watch a few dozen videos to answer all my questions about how to safely store my scobys. Yours was the first one I watched. You answered ALL of my questions, and some I did not know I had. You did it clearly, simply, and with much friendliness and respect in your attitude. There is no need for me to keep searching for answers.


    Sigh, back to cleaning and reorganizing my kitchen… CURSES!

  24. Blair Wittwer says:

    You toss your scobys ? Why don't you eat them ? 😮

  25. Mohammad Alqahtani says:

    is it possible to use plastic mason jar for scoby hotel ?

  26. MyBookifulWorld says:

    If you do put a lid on your scoby hotel, can it be a plastic lid??

  27. Chris Davies says:

    If you are making your first brew and have no starter tea, can you still be successful with the brew?

  28. Olek Mądrzyk says:

    Hi. I bought my first SCOBY but there was very little starter tea included so I dedcided to add a bit ov bio apple cider vinegear. Kombucha turned out to be fine I guess but now I wonder if the new SCOBY is somehow tainted by using vinegear during the first batch?

  29. BrandonV.2 says:

    Very informational! Thank you.

  30. Anna Muller says:

    Burying them in the garden not into the garbage. 😉

  31. Detchema Baptiste says:

    My first kombucha scoby didn’t produce a new one. Why is this?

  32. LadyHangaku says:

    Are scissors not dangerous for the scoby?

  33. Maygan Phynix says:

    Question! Is it not good to put them in direct sunlight?

  34. Nouha M.Nefari says:

    Can I put more than one scoby in one vessel while fermenting?

  35. EliezaBaby says:

    Can you make video on how to jerk scoby asap please .

  36. BERROYA AILEEN C. says:


  37. Stacy R says:

    What happens after 6 months. Can you take a young one and start over? Do you then need to buy fresh kombucha to store it in? Thanks.

  38. Jaden LeBel says:

    Did you change your hair? LOVE IT!

  39. Gelfling Music says:

    If you get a new scoby almost every new batch, then how can you use them all?

  40. Monica Jacobson says:

    Hello! Thank you, I have been enjoying kombucha thanks to your videos. So last night my brewing vessels hit 64 degrees. I saw that temp this morning. 🙁 are my SCOBY’s no longer safe? I got the temperature back up with in a few hours, but is the damage already done?

  41. Desmond Bagley says:

    ……what is she talking about?

  42. Melissa D says:

    is it okay to store you kombucha and scoby in the fridge? I dont want to start making a new batch until next month

  43. Raul Duke says:

    u r crazy cute

  44. R I says:

    I'm a seasoned moonshiner but the missus is after affordable kombucha from me. Taking my knowledge of yeast, sterilization and bio activity in a new direction is quite exciting actually and have just started on building my first colony. Might even help me rebuild my gut bacteria from so much distilled alcohol that i drink! Thanks for adding to my knowledge bank!

  45. Shamekia Jenkins says:

    Love this video. Lots of great information. Btw, cute top!!!!!

  46. Lil Vanilla says:

    love these videos oh my

  47. Emily Rad says:

    what's your favorite brewing vessel? I brewed a few batches, but brewing a gallon at a time for 10 days when I can drink it in 2 is kind of disheartening. I have basically just had my scobys chilling for the last 6 months in their little hotel while I decide to buy a better vessel

  48. TJ S. says:

    Hello! When feeding my Scoby Hotel, I accidently poured a little amount of tea leaves in the hotel jar that leaked from a faulty tea bag.  Do you recommend I clean and filter the Scoby Hotel to remove the leaves or does it matter?

  49. Sebastian Ariel Burd says:

    Hi, quick question, how often you change the sweet tea into the scoby hotel jar? I see u have many scobies in the same jar one on top of the other with starter kombucha, I wonder how long do u keep the same starter since the scobies need to continue feeding sugar if Im not wrong, maybe I m mistaken but if we keep the same starter for weeks in the same jar with many scobies, I wonder if the scobies might be starving for new fresh made sweet tea? please advise, thanks a lot

  50. Maria Ramirez says:

    I have a question. The fermented kombucha is not so sweet anymore because the scoby already ate most of the sugar. How is that fermented tea going to be better for the scoby hotel ? New fresh sugar tea wouldn’t be a better food for the scoby hotel. Since the fermented tea is not so sweet anymore ?

  51. cha lalita says:

    A new scoby baby grow under the scoby mother heh!

  52. Ballerina Bear says:

    i keep my scoby in the fridge is that wrong???

  53. chip mchugh says:

    Thanx for the info

  54. Emily E says:

    I saw a video where a girl made kombucha WITHOUT a scoby using raw starter tea and tea sugar, like u would if you to make the regular way , and it made its own Scoby .SO I THAT REALLY KOMBUCHA OR IS IT VINEGAR?????

  55. Emily E says:

    I saw a video where a girl made kombucha WITHOUT a scoby using raw starter tea and tea sugar, like u would if you to make the regular way , and it made its own Scoby .SO I THAT REALLY KOMBUCHA OR IS IT VINEGAR?????

  56. Sebastian Ariel Burd says:

    Hi, i will be away for almost 18 days, I wonder if just as u said placing two scobies from two separate previous batches and place them together in the same jar with 4 cups of kombucha starter and cover with piece of towel and rubber would be good enough? im leaving in a few days , thanks

  57. Sharon Mak says:

    It is necessary to soak the scoby in the kombucha to prevent mold happen ? will it get mold if it leave on top for too long ?

  58. Ann Perrigo says:

    As I was pouring the liquid into jars for second fermentation, I took too much liquid, and there’s not much left for the scoby. Could I just add some dark sweet tea to keep it happy?

  59. Vero Rj says:

    Love this, thanks! Do you have any videos on ways to find cheap or even free second-hand vessels? Especially large gallon jars and second fermentation bottles. I heard that if you ask liquor stores they often have a lot of empty bottles that you can get from them, especially good quality ones like the cider bottles that have the pop-cap. But I have never tried doing that.

  60. Amy Sakakibara says:

    Hi! I've received a scoby hotel from my uncle, but he wasn't able to take care of it often and what happened was that the scobys got attached one in another and turned out as a block. Now I can't separate it and I don't know what to do… can I cut this block with a knife?

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  62. Margaret Smith says:

    I got a scoby with not a lot of extra starter tea. If I feed it with sweet tea, will that ferment and become starter tea?

  63. Vasilis Xanth says:

    I found a 3 years old scooby it was just as much liquid to cover it. Can I bring it to life somehow?

  64. Lynn Truong says:

    Very informative, Thank you !

  65. Shanti Naturechild says:

    Best kombucha channel in my opinion! Thanks dear!

  66. morehu101 says:

    does it matter which scoby u grab from the hotel? top or bottom?

  67. Aline Rolim says:

    Hi. I’ve been brewing my kombucha at home. Can overbrewed kombucha give me food poisoning?

  68. A F-Y says:

    Great, Informative direct, perfect! Thank you 🙂

  69. CityMom AlohaMom says:

    Great video! Does the hotel have to be away from light?

  70. jackieblue04 says:

    I'm going on a two month trip. Should I seal my scoby hotel -to avoid evaporation? I saw a video where they put the scoby hotel sealed, in the fridge, wouldn't that kill it?? 😿

  71. Melvin Lee says:

    Can you eat them? May be cook it like a mushroom?

  72. B C says:

    Do you need to refrigerate

  73. LlamaMang says:

    i think it's cool that ppl take the time to learn this bullshit, but can't get through life due to a lack of basic mathematics/scientific/logical thinking skills 😀 man thanks for the video! fuck a scoby hotel, meet me at the hotel, motel, holiday in sexy girl 😉 i got a scoby for ya

  74. Meriam K. says:

    Instead of making new kombucha all the time, can I just take half of the kombucha after 2 or more weeks and then add the same amount of tea and sugar? So that i can drink it for a long time and just add tea and sugar?

  75. Ashley Smith says:

    I've started brewing my own kombucha and your videos have been super helpful and fun! Thanks so much 😊

  76. Shubham Pathak says:

    Do you use the tea from scoby hotel as the starter for next or every batch of kumbucha you make , or use the fermented tea or older kumbucha of previous batch

  77. Wandering Tea Apprentice says:

    This is how to make your SCOBY hotel 5 stars. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
    Great, fun video.

  78. zepguwl thistle says:

    how do you make a fresh batch out the the hotel teas other than taking a scoby out and putting it in your new batch of sweet tea?

  79. Khmer Food Cooking Everyday says:

    Very nice video sharing idea Pro 👍👍👍👍👍

  80. Stella says:

    Thank, a very precise and clear explanation. Your way and attitude to present is comfortable and genuine. Keep sharing with us, appreciated.

  81. julie mansfield says:

    My question is, where do I store the hotel?? In the fridge… doesn’t it stop fermenting..? So room temperature? Lol please enlighten me! Lol

  82. Gerard Jones says:

    I'm sending you $5 So you can buy a bra.

  83. yohan nugraha says:

    Your skin is flawless

  84. Robert Davis says:

    ive had my scoveys for 5 years

  85. Espr3 Dcor says:

    June is busting out all over….
    Makes me think she has nothing else to offer.

  86. Azamoe says:

    Fuck your hot..fhritp

  87. Vulpes says:

    Now that I know everything I wanted… I will stay subscribed anyway. Thank you!

  88. Marcelo Cruz says:

    You cant leave the hotel liquid for more than 15-18 days. Some of the bacteria and yeast more fragil will die…

  89. M Daniel says:

    Can a SCOBY be frozen?

  90. The Truth Reviews says:

    Excellent video. Thank you so much.

  91. Fox Dylan says:

    Looks like a pancake stack 🥞 mmmm

  92. leeann sparks says:

    Does your baby scoby continue to grow in the hotel?

  93. D.G. Blades says:

    Ima make you cringe:

    10 oz chicken stock
    2 oz starter tea
    1 scoby
    1 oz sugar

    Mix sugar and stock until the sugar is dissolved. Add scoby and kombucha starter. Let ferment for a week. Bam chicken kombucha

  94. RachieCakes says:

    I'm so excited to start my first batch! I adore your channel and have been HEAVILY consulting it for the past week <3 Question: I started my first fermentation about 3 days ago but only just realized that I didn't begin with enough starter tea. I think what's currently growing in my vessel is a SCOBY, and it doesn't seem to be mold, but I'm not completely sure. Do you think it'd be ok to just drop some store-bought unflavored kombucha in to help drop the pH down, or should I go ahead and start over?

  95. Michael Ellis says:

    You reference overly acidic SCOBY hotel liquid as a positive, but I've found that once my starter liquid gets too acidic, future kombucha batches turn to vinegar as well. Can you speak to this?

  96. Michael Honaker says:

    I don't drink let alone brew kombucha, but I find all of this really fascinating. I think I'll try making kimchi or something to get into fermentation stuff.

  97. Cheryl S says:

    How many tea bags or tablespoons loose tea?

  98. Kevin says:

    thank you for info

  99. Jesus Christ King of kings Lord Of lords says:

    I saw little cocoons on top of my scoby. I tossed it away

  100. M F Q says:

    I was surprised to hear you say you can use scissors. I heard that metal should not be used in kombucha making at all.

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