You might remember my telling of the two 3 gallon tea container of kombucha fermenting on the top of my refrigerator. Remember, kombucha is a slightly carbonated drink made from sweet tea. It is full of probiotics, B vitamins and enzymes plus making it at home is economical. Everyone is excited to have enough kombucha to drink it daily. John drains each dispenser from the spout into a 5 gallon keg and we have it on tap in the kegerator. The children think it is wonderful to be able to help themselves! This method is called a continuous brew system – it works great and allows the microorganism to remain undisturbed while starting the next batch.
I knew the tops were not tight fitting which is good because the scoby needs air circulation. What I did not realize, however, is that as the tea fermented the tops popped up allowing critters in! Awful isn’t it? We had fruit flies invading and contaminating the scoby. Not to gross you out, but, I had maggots on the scoby – yuck!!!
Fortunately, the scoby (which you can find from my affiliate here) forms in layers. The older the scoby, the thicker it is. I was able to peel the top layer off without harming the scoby and begin a fresh batch.
I had already been looking for larger containers because we have been running out of kombucha before the next batch was ready. I was able to find 4.75 gallon glass beverage dispensers at Sam’s Club – I bought two of them! They came with wrought iron stands and glass tops which I boxed up and have in storage. To solve the air circulation problem but still keep critters out, I covered each jar with a double layer of cheesecloth and secured it with a rubber band.
So far so good, and, I think they look much nicer!
This post is part of: Kombucha Challenge