Mold on the kombucha mushroom culture is a common question asked here. What does mold look like compared with the dying yeast cultures that are common during the brewing cycle? A simple answer is that most mold or foreign growth will look like mold that occurs on other type of food such as bread or cheese. Most will be fuzzy and brown or green in colour. Any type of mold or fungus growing on top of the kombucha mushroom is cause to discard the whole mushroom culture due to contamination. Do not try and ‘save’ or 'rescue' a culture, best to keep backup cultures
or buy a replacement.
The start of mold on the surface can be seen in the first photo. With the mold well developed within the second picture.
Nevertheless, if you are unsure of anything or suspect
something is wrong!
Do NOT Drink the Tea!
Questions about mold on the kombucha culture are easy to identify once you know what to look for. Generally, anything that looks out of the ordinary should be considered contamination, removed from any other kombucha growing, and discarded. Again, the mold or bacteria can not simply be washed off.
Kombucha Regulations and Hazards From the FDA -
This subject must be addressed to insure that the consumer is informed about the potential hazards from improper brewing and handling of the cultures.
Because folk medicines and herbal remedies, including Kombucha tea, are considered neither a food nor a drug, they are not routinely evaluated by FDA or the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
The FDA does have kombucha regulations, warnings, and information posted in a report on the FDA web site. This report contains information about the hazards of brewing the tea in non-glass containers mostly and a few reported cases where people have been hospitalized from not following this important step! FDA studies have found no evidence of contamination or hazards in Kombucha products fermented under sterile conditions. At this time, there are no regulations for producing kombucha products.
Please Note: Organic-Kombucha.com nor Organic-cultures.com are not liable or in control of the consumer’s home brewing process.
However, with care, a clean environment, and checking pH the chances of contamination are very low.
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