The scoby is stored in a starter liquid, which is the leftover kombucha from the previous brew. Scobys can be purchased at a community co-op kitchen, online, or from locals in your area. When you aren't making kombucha, you should refrigerate the scoby in its starter liquid. In terms of storage time, Otto recommends, "The scoby is fine to sit in starter for two to six weeks. It's easy to slip people's minds and have the intention but lose the motivation. As long as it's refrigerated and in the starter, the microorganisms are in a dormant state. Even after a month, it's OK to start it up again. If it develops a new baby, then it's good to go."
Scoby in the Starter Liquid
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