SCOBY is the key to transforming sweet tea into tangy, fizzy kombucha. But what is this wobbly, translucent wonder?
“SCOBY” is an acronym meaning Symbiotic Culture of Bacteria and Yeasts. A SCOBY is the living home for the bacteria and yeast, and forms a dense mat. This gelatinous biofilm supplies the microbes required for the fermentation process. It floats in the liquid brew, fed by the dissolved sugars, and slowly grows in size. Every time the brew is disturbed, either by additional feeding or movement, a new layer will form on the top of the brew.
You might find a miniature SCOBY in your bottle of Blighty Booch kombucha. This shows that it is a live product. Some people like to scoop it out, others consider it the best bit!
If you’d like to have a go at brewing kombucha at home, we’ve made a beautiful Blighty Baby organic baby SCOBY to get you started. You can experience the magic of SCOBY for yourself!