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Why We Never Use Dehydrated SCOBY


We receive quite a few emails regarding SCOBY health, and as a resultĀ an immense number of images and stories about home brews all over the world. The most common message we receive is on the topic of mold speculation and brew failure.

After digging a little deeper, it's frequently revealed that the brewer has started their brew with a dehydrated SCOBY. We did some of our own investigating using a very commonly procured dehydrated SCOBY and wrote about our results here.


Dehydrated SCOBY, left; KBBK SCOBY, right Click the image to view the blog Fresh SCOBY vs Dehydrated SCOBY


Our customers have made some adjustments after realizing the difficulty of brewing with a dehydrated culture, much like our customer Jonny:


Just wanted to say thank you. Wow the batch of buch that you gave me is exponentially better than the dehydrated scoby I got from the other company! Its even a little fizzy just like the stuff off the shelves and looks like its coming along fantastically . Thanks a million. -Jonny

After starting a brew with a freshly-grown SCOBY, things will move along swimmingly.


Photos of brews from a dehydrated SCOBY


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Kombucha Brooklyn Very weak SCOBY growth after weeks


Kombucha Brooklyn Moldy brew from a dehydrated SCOBY


Kombucha Brooklyn Look closely to see your future if you brew with a dehydrated SCOBY


Kombucha Brooklyn Inactive after weeks


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Kombucha Brooklyn These cultures are definitely over-(dehyd)rated!


Kombucha Brooklyn A beautiful but dangerous art piece


So, start your kombucha brews with fresh SCOBY every time and save yourself the ignominy of a moldy brew and the pain of losing what once was a mother with a bright, wet future!


2 thoughts on “Why We Never Use Dehydrated SCOBY”

  • Jackie

    I started with a D hydrated Scooby. Hydrated it but now I have had two batches from two separate babies of the original that are moldy. I had to throw out everything and now I don't have any Scooby. Where would you recommend that I can't I skoopy?. Thank you very much. Jackie

    • Eric Childs

      Hi jackie, sorry to hear it. Shoot us an email and we will send you a coupon code that you can use for one of our fresh SCOBY. You will love the kombucha you brew from them.

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