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Old 05-02-2017, 10:44 AM   #1
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I've been brewing kombucha without issue for a while, at least a year with the same scoby. But this time it smells VERY sour, it's been fermenting a little over a week (I can't remember the exact number of days) and it smells very vinegary. On top of that, there is a huge amount of yeast. Like I took out the scobys and the mother was almost all brown and there was a film of yeast on top of the tea. No mold. Before this ferment, I let it go too long so I rotated the scoby and put a middle of the pack one in from my motel. Besides washing the container and pulling out the yeast strings I can, is there anything else I can do to balance my scoby? The last one I bottled was more sour than I like so it has been going this way for a bit. Now my kitchen needs to be aired out from the super strong sour kombucha smell
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Default Re: Kombucha problems

This doesn't answer your current question, but what do you does with the new scobies that form?

I would likely make some extra sugary tea in a small batch, and put my scoby with a little current kombucha in that, and then wait for a new fresh scoby to grow from that. And save some scobies for emergencies
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I keep a scoby motel. I have a lot I need to get rid of.
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I'm guessing it fermented faster than usual. Cut the scoby in half if you want it to take a week.

Is it suddenly warmer in your home?
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No, it's low to mid 70s. I switched SCOBYs and I'll check it after a few days. It was on the thicker side but not huge. Somehow I ended up with a mini scoby too (it's a small circle, not sure how that happened!), maybe I'll try that one next if this one doesn't work out.
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