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#1 of 4 Old 07-31-2012, 06:52 AM - Thread Starter
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I have been continuous brewing kombucha for nearly a year now, in a big 5 gallon water jug that I customized with a spigot. For such a length of time, the mother has gotten pretty massive-it is the diameter of the container, about 10", and probably pushing 2" thick now.


I was just wondering if it can ever get too big. Is it better to trim it down, either discarding the original mass and using the babies, or the reverse, removing the babies and keeping the original, cutting down the whole thing to a smaller diameter, or does it not matter and I can keep up with it at this size?


I unfortunately don't know anyone to give pieces to as I live in a fairly secluded area. I'm just more concerned about the quality of the brew, if it will weaken, if I can "starve" the mother as it gets too big, or if there really aren't any issues? Thanks!

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Sounds like quite a mother! LOL! I have no idea but wanted to bump your post up.


Anyone with advice?

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It can culture too fast if it gets too big, afaik.

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Joining so that I can see answers...  I have a huge mother and have been wondering about this. Mine is about a foot thick!

Gave a couple layers to the long-time Kombucha maker who taught me how to make it. He's going to make some Kombucha and let me know how it goes.  Will let you know ;-).

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