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WANTED: water kefir grains and kombucha scoby - London

halfrice's picture

WANTED: water kefir grains and kombucha scoby - London

Before I make an ebay purchase I would like to ask if anyone in the uk has any water kefir grains and a kombucha mother to spare?

R Chan

Heath's picture

I'm in the UK and I'm coming down with kombucha scobys - they're breeding like mad at this time of the year.  I wouldn't know how to send one in the post though, and it needs to be sent with some kombucha too as a starter.  I think the cost of postage would be quite high.

Where do you live?

I bought mine from Happy Kombucha on ebay and was very satisfied with the purchase.

AbeNW11's picture
AbeNW11 (not verified)

It took 5 weeks and all I used was a bit of Kambucha I bought, home made green tea brew and sugar. It's grown to huge proportions and I think it's even had a baby. But I wouldn't know how to get it to you. Kefir is easy to buy from a health shop. Scoby's you'll either have to grow your own or get one from someone close by.

halfrice's picture

Thank you for you replies. I have made a purchase on ebay and am eagerly awaiting the sight of the local post postie:D

Edo Bread's picture
Edo Bread

Sorry I didn't see this earlier, would have been happy to send a scoby

Jirik12's picture

Hello there,

i know it s been 3 years since you posted this,but would your offer still stands?i live SE London.


hope I m not too annoying--

FlourChild's picture

Sounds like you are all set with a scoby.  Just wanted to say that you can grow one in less than 2 weeks from a bottle of raw, store-bought kombucha.  I worked up the details for Brod & Taylor's test kitchen, basically it comes down to feeding the store bought bottle of 'bucha 2:1 (2 parts kombucha:1 part sweetened black tea), then fermenting it in a fairly large container so that it has a large surface to volume ratio.  About 80F is the right temp to maintain (27C).  And use black tea, not green, or you'll have a very thin scoby.  

If anyone needs a scoby in MA (US), I'm happy to share :)

Peroba's picture


It's maybe too late, but I have plenty of kefir grains if someone needs some.

I'm in the Midlands, but I can dehydrated some and send by post.

Let me know if you fancy

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Rowena Hunt

I am looking for some water kefir grains.  Peroba, I have just sent you a PM.  Does anyone else have any in London?  Thanks everyone :-)

francesw's picture

Hi Rowena, Did you manage to find any water kefir grains? If so, would you have any to spare? I've just moved to London and would be happy to collect. Thanks, Frances

dorkas's picture

Hello, I am looking for water kefir, too! I'm in southeast London, so if anybody not too far away is able to give me some grains I would be very happy to pick them up! Thanks!

Katrincas's picture

Hi everyone I'm looking for a scoby (can be tiny/thin, that's ok) in london. I'm in E1. Anyone close by has a scoby spare? Would really appreciate it. Thanks! 

Lechem's picture

Find a plain (non flavoured) kombucha that is live. I believe wholefoods sell a good brand. Get a big glass jar and clean it thoroughly. You've gotta be careful when making your own kombucha, cleanliness is very important. Make a very strong black tea and sweeten with sugar. Find a recipe with quantities online. Then add in some of the live kombucha and mix. Place in the back of a cupboard and wait a few weeks. A scoby will form.