Would you like to start making your own kombucha but want to bypass an online purchase? You can easily grow your own kombucha SCOBY (Symbiotic Colony of Bacteria and Yeast) using store-bought kombucha!
For my SCOBY, I purchased kombucha commonly found in health food stores as well as popular grocery stores. I used the Original flavor to avoid complicating the process with fruit or herbal flavorings.
I poured the kombucha into a jar. (A glass bowl would also suffice.) I covered with a cloth and rubber band and set on my pantry shelf.
My SCOBY took 4 weeks to form. It might take less time depending on the season and the environment. After 6 weeks my homegrown SCOBY looked like this:
To transform your SCOBY into homemade kombucha, simply follow the tutorial found in my previous post How to Make Kombucha.
Continuous brew kombucha is also an option See Continuous Brew Kombucha to learn more.