First, the kombucha brew can take anywhere from 7-21 days with temperature playing a big role. The warmer the brew, the faster this process is.
Second, purchasing a Fermentaholics SCOBY guarantees quality. Each SCOBY we send out is carefully grown and packed with long-fermented starter tea that is guaranteed to do its part. The SCOBY is only one piece of the puzzle to create a successful brew. Again, more often then not, the brewing temperature zone is off. The SCOBYs need a proper fermenting temperature of 75-85°F or it will ferment extra slow and it will appear nothing is happening.
So what can you do at this point?
- Take a clean wooden spoon and give the brew a vigorous stir. This will wake up the yeast, providing them with an oxygen burst and get them ready to perform. Don’t worry about harming your SCOBY–it will be fine!
- Find a warmer spot in your house. See the question above for tips on brewing in a cold environment.
- Check the pH. It should be below 4.
- Wait a few more days to see what happens. It should begin to taste a little sour and have a slight vinegary smell.
- Email me firstname.lastname@example.org about any questions. I’m happy to help you through it!