Yeast strands in Kombucha – What is normal?

Ah Kombucha…..that magical elixir!

This morning I took a peak at my reserved jars and found these jellyfish-like tentacles growing downwards and thought it would be a great opportunity to let you know that YES — this is NORMAL!!

A year ago I would have been concerned, wondering what is it, and why would anyone want this in their life?!  Such a newbie I was 🤔

Without further adieu, I bid you my ‘babies’…..


To answer the question, “Is this normal?”…..YES….Yes it is!!

Those dangling bits, resembling something alien, hanging like cobwebs suspended in your sweet tea — are YEAST STRANDS!  These strands are vital to the healthy fermentation process of kombucha.

How to Tell if Your Culture and Kombucha is Healthy

We give you 7 signs that indicate your Kombucha brew is healthy and your SCOBYs are doing their thing right.

1. A Balance of Cellulose & Brown Yeast Strands

As SCOBY stands for Symbiotic Colony of Bacteria and Yeasts, one of the key elements to good SCOBY health is the balance between the yeasts and the bacteria. This is one thing which can be indicated by the appearance of your SCOBY. The bacteria are not visible to the naked eye, but the yeasts are made visible by the brown strings that hang off the bottom of the SCOBY, float free, or settle at the bottom of the brewing vessel. The bacteria are the ones responsible for manufacturing the cellulose body of the SCOBY culture. A thick tight SCOBY body, combined with reasonable amounts of yeast strands on it or hanging off it are a sign of a healthy culture whose microbes are in balance and thriving.

So there you have it!  If you’re interested in knowing more about kombucha, follow the above link and you’ll discover more than you ever thought possible about something you may, or may not have, tried before!!

I admit, it was not love at first try — but now, I cannot begin to imagine, my life without Kombucha!



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