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Kombucha Cultures - where to buy?

Shoefly Jul 20, 2006 10:34 PM

Does anyone know where to buy the Kombucha culture used to make homemade tea? All I found were websites but not an actual place that I can look at the Kombucha culture before I buy it. Thanks!

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  1. Robert Lauriston RE: Shoefly Jul 21, 2006 12:55 AM

    Rainbow Grocery.

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      Shoefly RE: Robert Lauriston Aug 30, 2006 09:25 PM

      No they don't - they sell the packaged tea, but do not sell the active live culture. Thanks for trying.

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        SteveG RE: Shoefly Jun 10, 2009 04:32 PM

        The tea has live cultures. If you introduce oxygen into the bottle, the fermentation goes wild.

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          SteveG RE: SteveG Jul 12, 2009 05:16 PM

          Today at Rainbow, I noticed a second type of kombucha for sale. The individual bottles with added flavor (lemon, fruit juice, etc.) do contain live cultures, but in the health supplements section of the store in a stand-alone fridge, I found a 750 mL bottle of crazy imported German Kombucha containing black tea, sugar, and live cultures. The label indicated it would be cloudy due to the live culture, and claimed various certifications and internal purity checks for their production process.

          A helpful fellow shopper of the type you could only meet at Rainbow Grocery saw me reading the bottle, and stopped to tell me "you'll like that product. It's sort of the Rolls Royce of Kombuchas." OK then, into the cart it goes...I'll post back if I feel ten years younger by the end of the week.

    2. oaklandfoodie RE: Shoefly Jun 10, 2009 12:56 PM

      The stand that sells the yummy kraut at the Saturday Berkeley Farmers Market also sells kombucha kits (including the baby - I think it's called a baby) for $25. It's called Cultured, I believe and they are near the MLK end of the market.

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        wally RE: oaklandfoodie Jun 10, 2009 03:56 PM

        Also at the Tuesday market.

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        badbatzmaru RE: Shoefly Jul 14, 2009 07:00 PM

        I dont know where to buy the culture...but I do know that after drinking the Kombucha drinks I buy at Whole Foods, I feel a million dollars.

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          e.rivera81 RE: Shoefly Jul 29, 2009 10:50 AM

          I am in San Francisco and have so many baby Scobys it's ridiculous, LoL. Let me know if you need any.. email... e.rivera81@gmail.com

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            e.rivera81 RE: e.rivera81 Aug 10, 2013 11:33 PM

            It's 2013 and I've since moved away from the Bay area..

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            e.rivera81 RE: Shoefly Oct 9, 2009 06:19 PM

            Oh no! I'm running low!

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              Hannabanana RE: e.rivera81 Aug 23, 2010 06:33 PM

              Hi everyone.
              This is way after the original post. But I moved here last year and I had a hard time finding a good mushroom. Finally, I ordered a nice baby kombucha and I am very happy with it and the babies :)
              If anyone needs a mushroom, please email me Hanna785@gmail.com and I can share :)

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                lhardy4940 RE: Hannabanana Aug 29, 2012 01:55 PM

                Hi Hanna, I know this post was super long ago....but I just moved to SF and am trying to find a scoby to restart my home brewing here. Do you still have any (are you still in the bay area!?)?

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              anniescamera RE: Shoefly Sep 26, 2010 10:08 AM

              I am also looking to start my own Kombucha at home. I am having trouble finding the culture. any ideas in San Fran? Thank you.

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                Ralphonzo RE: anniescamera Aug 24, 2012 06:16 PM

                There is the kombucha collective in San Francisco and I think they do Oakland and Berkeley.

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                frontzNskrontz RE: Shoefly Aug 30, 2012 04:28 PM

                buy unflavored kombucha. put in large glass container, covered by cheesecloth. you will have a kombucha culture disk form on top within a week.

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