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Kombucha SCOBY gone wild

Jami McBride

Joined: Aug 29, 2009
Posts: 1909
Location: PNW Oregon
Here is a reprint of a toooo-funny true story - Enjoy!


While picking up my weekly milk order from my farmer I mentioned that I wanted to return a quart jar to her for more cream but that all of mine were full since I had made so much kombucha recently. She asked whether I had any extra “mushrooms” since she wanted to start making it again. That led to a discussion about the mushrooms themselves. She uses hers three times then throws the oldest one away and cuts her others into smaller pieces and then uses those three times, etc. That way she’s always using fresh mushrooms. When she first started making kombucha, someone told her that they were good for septic systems so she was flushing her old mushrooms down the toilet.

A couple years later the septic tank guy came to empty out her tank, and he opened it up to stick the hose in to start draining it, but he couldn’t. He was totally baffled and had to get out his knife and hack away at the large, tannish, leathery thing that was floating at the top of the tank! She was quite sure what it was and she was quite sure she was not about to tell him! Can you imagine? A kombucha mushroom the size of a septic tank! If only someone in the sci-fi industry knew about SCOBYs!

    Lee Burdett
    Alemonte Springs, Florida

Joined: Dec 01, 2009
Posts: 211
Location: Northern California
It was just a coincidence, I'm sure--she was flushing scobies, but the albino alligators were already farming kombucha in her septic tank long before that.

Joined: Oct 23, 2011
Posts: 0
wow, a veritable scoby feast down in the tank!  Great story, jami, thanks for sharing. 
Joel Hollingsworth

Joined: Jul 01, 2009
Posts: 2103
Location: Oakland, CA
You could make a serious amount of vegan leather with a scoby that big.

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