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Kombucha - is it time to start over?

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My last two batches of kombucha have had a very slight bitter aftertaste that is different from earlier batches. I'm wondering if it's somehow gone bad, though there's no mold visible?

I basically use the recipe in NT, a 1-gallon glass jar & 4 tea bags (organic Darjeeling) & 1 cup sugar. Brew time has been about 1 week now that it's so warm where I am. At that point there's not much sweetness left (tho there is still some) & there's lots of fizz. I've been using the same scoby for about April.

I do have a couple scobys in a scoby hotel in the pantry. Maybe I'll just start with a new one next time. But I'm just curious as to why this aftertaste has developed. So far (after drinking a glass from each of the last two batches) I'm still standing so it hasn't made me ill.

Thoughts?
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I don't have any suggestions for you but thought I'd post to bump your thread up for attention. Maybe someone with kombucha experience will have some advice to offer.

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I just ran across this site http://users.bestweb.net/~om/kombucha_balance/ which has a trouble-shooting guide based on different symptoms, including taste.  Maybe it can help.

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