We harvest about two gallons every three weeks. Kombucha is now a very popular health drink, but some say drinking to much might throw off the natural balance of bacteria in our body. Traditionally it is taken as a health tonic in China, not slammed down like a sports drink. It should be sipped at room temperature in a one-cup serving. I used to flavor batches with cranberry and ginger, but I decided plain is the best flavor... tart with a slight hint of sweetness.
These SCOBYs are eight generations awway from when I first received the mother from my friend Mike Riley. They seemed to go dormant for about a month, but after moving the jars to another location in the kitchen, they nearly doubled in size in a month’s time. Some folks think it’s the ugliest thing on the planet—rubbery, flesh colored with tendrils. I find it purely fascinating. Well... bottoms up, and raise your glass to health. It’s harvest time.