Welcome to Day 2 of my kombucha brewing adventures. I’m not quite sure what to make of this SCOBY thing. On the first day, he was floating up at the top like a good little swamp monster. Then he sunk to the bottom like a victim of a Mafia hit with cement shoes.
“Well that’s odd, ” I said to no one in particular. Taking to the internet in search of answers, I found several: 1. The brew is too cold. 2. The jar was bumped. 3. There isn’t enough air circulation. Clearly the kombucha experts can’t agree on the real cause or they wouldn’t have multiple reasons. They likely will be annoyed by my assessment and claim it can be any one of those reasons but I don’t know if I buy that.
Since I had my jar in a cupboard in order to avoid direct sunlight (apparently a SCOBY is a miniature vampire) I decided it probably wasn’t getting enough air. The jury is still out on whether or not this was the problem. Take a look at Swamp Creature’s current position:
He’s at the bottom but now he’s standing upright. I can assure you the last time I checked, he was laying flat on the bottom. I think I ended up with the sociopath SCOBY who is just determined to do his own thing and refuses to lie down either at the top or bottom. But of course what other kind would I have?