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After I made my first batch of kombucha, I was surprised to find my scoby had turned into two scobies!
I have a friend who makes her own kombucha, so I texted her to ask why did I have two, and what was I supposed to do with two scobies!
She assured me it was normal for my scoby to make an offspring, and walked me through the process of how to make a scoby hotel.
What’s a Scoby
Scoby is an acronym for symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast. It is a living home where bacteria and yeast naturally forms.
The scoby will float to the top of the container where your kombucha is, creating a barrier from the air and other undesirable bacteria during the fermentation process.
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A scoby is necessary to making your own kombucha at home.
There are three main ways to acquire a scoby:
- Get it from a friend – as indicated above, during each batch of kombucha, your scoby will grow a new scoby, so if you have any friends who make kombucha, they likely have a scoby (or ten) to spare.
- If you don’t know anyone who makes kombucha, you can buy one (because Amazon has literally everything).
- I haven’t tried this, but you can also grow your own scoby.
What’s a Scoby Hotel
A scoby hotel is a place that houses your scobies, keeping them fresh, until you’re ready to use them or give them away.
How to Make a Scoby Hotel
Step 1: Get a clean, large, glass container.
I use a seven-cup Pyrex glass container, which can hold about 4 – 5 scobies at a time.
1/2 gallon glass jars are also a great options, holding about 12 scobies.
You can also re-purpose any jar you have, such as a large recycled pickle jar.
Step 2: Place Scobies in the Jar
Place all of your scobies in the glass jar.
Step 3: Add Finished and Fresh Tea to the Scoby Hotel
To the scoby hotel, add 1 part finished kombucha and 3 parts freshly prepared sweet tea. Add enough liquid to cover all of the scobies.
To make the freshly prepared sweet tea, boil 3 cups of water, remove from heat, and add 1/2 cup sugar, stirring until dissolved. While it’s still hot, steep 4 tea bags for 10 minutes and allow it to cool completely before adding it to the scoby hotel.
Step 4: Cover and Set in Dark, Dry Area
Place a clean cloth or two coffee filters on your scoby hotel and secure with a rubber band. Place in the pantry, or another dry and warm place for two weeks.
Discard kombucha in the scoby hotel every couple weeks and replace with 1 part finished kombucha and 3 parts freshly prepared sweet tea.
And that’s about it! Now you know how to make a scoby hotel.
Printable Recipe – How to Make a Scoby Hotel
Want to print this recipe off to hang on your fridge, or to share with a friend?
Here’ s a printable recipe for you!
How to Make a Scoby Hotel
- Clean glass container
- 1 cup prepared kombucha
- 3 cups freshly prepared sweet tea
- coffee filter
- rubber band
Add scobies to a clean, glass container.
Add in 1 cup prepared kombucha and 3 cups freshly prepared sweet tea (room temperature).
Cover container with two coffee filters and secure with a rubber band. Place in a dark, warm, and dry place (such as a pantry) and store until ready to use scobies.
Replace liquid with fresh kombucha and tea every two weeks.
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Do you have a scoby hotel? What container do you use to store your scobies?
Vania Aleluia says
Very nice explained.. I prefer use green tea on mine and I put the Scooby hotel in my fridge, to stop de fermentation until I give them away.. I love making it, I personally like the taste of mine better than the ones I bought in the supermarket..
Thank you for this and being able to access it easily. It explained the SCOBY hotel more explicit than my Kambucha book.
melisa r halfmann says
i was looking this up to find out about a lid/covering..you say filter or cloth but picture shows a lid? does it matter?
Hi Melisa – for the Scoby Hotel, I did use a lid. Either should work fine.
I am making Jun kombucha, & was wondering how to make a Jun Scooby hotel?
The process is the same for a jun scoby hotel, just make sure you are using raw honey and green tea.
What happens if you put your SCOBY in a sealed container? I am moving across the country and don’t want it to spill or spoil. Can it live vacuum packed or in a jar with some space in it for 4 or 5 days if it has some liquid?
Tina Ernspiker says
Thank you for this! I have a friend that gave me a scoby and now it is growing! I am loving the Kombucha. I am going to set up my scoby hotel tonight 🙂 Have a great week!
Kombucha is a lot of fun, isn’t it? Good luck with your scoby hotel!