Good signs to look for
A few good signs the kombucha fermentation process is proceeding normally include:
- The formation of a new kombucha SCOBY on the surface of the tea
- Development of brown stringy yeast particles
- Liquid becoming less sweet and more vinegar-like
- The liquid lightens in color and turns cloudy
- Note: For the initial batch when using a dehydrated culture, there may be no visible signs of culturing. This is perfectly normal. The best way to check progress of the brew is to test aroma and flavor.
Kombucha tea cultures multiply. Each time you brew a batch of Kombucha tea a new starter culture (SCOBY) will form. The original SCOBY ("the mother") and the new SCOBY ("the baby") can each be used to brew a new batch of kombucha tea. However, it may take several batches for a baby to form after initial rehydration.