* Please note that this blog remains up as a resource. However, this blog is currently on hiatus until further notice. For more information, please read this blog post. Thank you and happy kombucha brewing, drinking, and SCOBY trading! Lots of love. ~Annabelle *

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Kombucha SCOBY Exchange on Facebook

There are many ways to obtain kombucha cultures, which I describe here.

I would like to present the Kombucha SCOBY Exchange on Facebook, which is sort of a Facebook version of the Worldwide Kombucha Exchange.

I previously suggested that individuals who were looking for SCOBYs or who had extra SCOBYs to share to write a post on Kombucha Fuel's Facebook wall. However, over time, I found that this was not very effective as the requests and offers got pushed down as people wrote new posts on the wall. I have thus created the "Kombucha SCOBY Exchange" as a note on Kombucha Fuel on Facebook. This way, all of the SCOBY requests and offers are together, making it easier for those who are looking for kombucha cultures to connect with individuals in their area who have extra SCOBYs available.

I hope that this will become a helpful resource, and if anyone has any comments, questions, or suggestions, I welcome them.

Below is a copy of the Kombucha SCOBY Exchange note that I have put on Facebook:

Welcome to the Kombucha SCOBY Exchange!

Looking for a kombucha mushroom?
If you are looking for a kombucha mother, write a comment saying that you are looking for a SCOBY and list your location with as much information as you feel comfortable. If someone with extra SCOBYs in your area sees the request, hopefully they will contact you so you can schedule a pick-up!

Have extra kombucha mushrooms to share?
If you have extra kombucha mothers that you would like to share, likewise leave a comment and list your location with as much information as you feel comfortable. This way if someone is looking for a kombucha mushroom in your area, they can contact you! Also, please don't be shy if someone is already offering kombucha mothers in your area. It can be helpful to have multiple people offering SCOBYs in the same area!

-You can delete any of your own comment(s) at any time if your situation or location changes.
-If you find someone to connect with, consider contacting them directly. This will help to keep the Kombucha SCOBY Exchange more clutter free and easier to navigate.

Thank you for participating in the Kombucha SCOBY Exchange, and I hope you find this exchange useful!

Happy Brewing,


Unknown said...

i need a scoby im in los angeles

Annabelle Ho said...

Hi Sherry,

Thanks for leaving a comment! However, the aim of the Kombucha SCOBY Exchange is to put the offers and requests on Facebook, so I would recommend posting your offer/trying to connect with someone through there if you are looking for a response. Or you may consider trying the other options for obtaining a SCOBY that I wrote about in a previous post http://kombuchafuel.blogspot.com/2009/10/where-to-obtain-kombucha-cultures.html. Good luck!

Rob said...


Great blog!!! I just made my first batch of Kombucha and used 1/2 a scoby that a friend gave me. He had stored it in the refridgerator. I let my batch sat for 10 days and just bottled it, however it did not produce a baby scoby...is this normal or should I look for a new mother scoby???

The tea taste just like the other Kombucha's I've tried, but not sure if or what I may need to do.

Thanks for your help!


Annabelle Ho said...

Hi Rob,


I have a post on some reasons why a new SCOBY may not form: http://kombuchafuel.blogspot.com/2010/03/no-scoby.html.

Hope it helps!


Rob said...

Thank's Annabelle!!!

Yeap, helped a lot!

I guess I have an old scoby...really dark!

I'll try a few more rounds and see if my poor little scoby perks up : )


Annabelle Ho said...

@Rob Sounds good, good luck! :)


Kefir said...

I just ordered a kombucha culture from a website
It arrived in 2 days , and was perfect ....
I think it was 20 bucks with no shipping charge
I originally was looking on craigslist but i didnt want to buy from some backyard brewer..

Anonymous said...

I often hear people recommend getting a culture from somebody by finding them on craigslist or facebook etc. - this seems like a fine idea but it also seems like the most risky option. If you grow one yourself, you are 100% sure of the origin and quality. If you buy one at a store or online, you can hold the seller accountable. But if you get one from a stranger on facebook, isn't it possible that the culture is unhealthy or dangerous (even if the person isn't malicious, things happen)? Has anybody heard any horror stories about that?

Ryan - www.kombucharecipes.net

Annabelle Ho said...

That is a good point, Ryan. I have not heard any horror stories yet, but if anyone wants to share any problems they've had from SCOBYs they've received, please share!

kelsey. said...

is the facebook note still active? i'm getting an error message when i try to click through. i have SCOBYs that i'd like to pass along, am in los angeles and have been brewing very safely and successfully for over 70 brews.

Annabelle Ho said...

Hello Kelsey,

Thanks for your comment. Unfortunately the Facebook note is currently inactive. Up at the header there is a notice that this blog and Facebook page are currently on hiatus. More information on the hiatus can be found here: http://www.kombuchafuel.com/2013/07/kombucha-blog-hiatus.html.

Thank you so much for your offer though. That's great that you have been brewing for so long! Perhaps you could try going through Craigslist or some local groups in your area?

Happy brewing,