Friday, March 26, 2010

Two Successes and a Failure!

Oh yuck.

Can you tell what this is?  Any ideas?  Here, try looking closer.

That nasty blob of chunky, hideous, mushroomy grossness is my first attempt at growing a SCOBY.  And it is absolutely lovely!  I thought it was contaminated for a short while- but it turns out it was just bubbly.  It is now lovely and thick and ready to be used in my first real batch.  YUM!


I thought I was being so smart and crafty when I made markers for the seeds that I planted a few weeks ago.  I somehow failed to take into consideration the fact that I was using wooden skewers and an ink pen on paper.  Huge surprise- all of my tags ran.  So now I have no idea how much of what I planted and in what containers.  The alternate good news is that most of my seeds have already come up- if only I knew what they are!

I made a tiny little makeshift greenhouse out of a plastic storage container and plastic wrap.  I've only watered twice and the humidity level has been great.  I mentioned before that I'm using my SAD light as a grow light, and it seems to be doing the trick.  I had seeds coming up after 3 days.


Tara said...

Eeewwww! Kombucha - and the stuff it's made of...heebie jeebies commence now.

My best friend makes the stuff all the time. Too bad she's in Monterey, CA - or I'd have her send you some. But I'm sure you'll get it right.

Your little seedlings look so happy with their SAD light ; )

Still makes me chuckle. It's been great seeing you over at my blog.


Anonymous said...

Too bad you're not in PDX, I have tons of them!

How long had you been brewing that? Sometimes if the culture you start with is weak, it takes kind of a long time to get out of the puny stage. Then again, some of them fail for no reason. I usually judge more by smell than I do by looks.

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