Saturday, July 16, 2016

Adventures of Red Bear: The Flying Pancake Alien

A friend gave me a SCOBY for making kombucha (fermented tea). This disc that forms on top of old tea (a Symbiotic Colony of Bacteria and Yeast) looks like one of the flying rubber-pancake aliens on the Star Trek: TOS episode, "Operation: Annihilate!" one of which attacks Mr. Spock in a scene which Red Bear reenacted on my back porch. Motel plays Capt. Kirk:

I used the SCOBY afterward, and it worked just fine.
Super easy--don't even need a recipe:
 you just plunk it into room-temperature black or green tea w/sugar, cover it with a cloth (to keep out bugs), and let it sit for a week or so. It'll start to smell vinegary. You can add fresh ginger and the like after it's fermented, if you want, and let sit a little longer for flavor. I like it plain just fine. 
It does become slightly alcoholic, if that's a concern. (Not sure how much... I don't notice it myself.)

A new SCOBY forms---save them both with a little of the kombucha for the next batches. Soon you will have a colony to share with your friends or make sci-fi movies with.

SEE also other toy tableaux


bink said...

Did you like it? Are you still doing it? Can I taste it?

Frex said...

I did like it--it was great!
BUT I've been house sitting so much, I think my SCOBY is defunct...? Not sure. Will check and let you know.