SCOBY development on vegetables

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SCOBY development on vegetables

Postby joshpluto on Sat Jun 18, 2022 12:22 pm

Hello everyone. And no I did not place this post in the wrong forum. I've ran into a discovery (not sure yet to call it an issue) regarding some stored vegetables. It seems they developed a film that is rubbery like (similar to SCOBY for kombucha or some vinegars). I was wondering if anyone has had experience with this or ideas on what to do. I'm tempted to allow it to continue to grow and see if it thickens to be of use for making more ferments. This does not appear to be a yeast bloom (over the years I have had my fair share of battles and defeats with those).

Please let me know you in put.

Thanks :)
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Re: SCOBY development on vegetables

Postby Christopher Weeks on Sun Jun 19, 2022 7:03 am

Is it like a SCOBY, just at the top of the brine? Or has the entire brine become gelatinous? If it's the latter, sugary vegetable ferments -- carrots, onions, beets, etc will sometimes produce a bunch of dextran as part of the process (often in the 5-10 day range) and then later it'll be metabolized away (by day 28 or so). If it's really a SCOBY, then cool, that's new to me.
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Re: SCOBY development on vegetables

Postby joshpluto on Wed Jun 29, 2022 10:25 pm

Thank you for your input. I didn't know the brine could become gelatinous with certain vegetables so thats new to me and something I will keep in mind :)

I took the vegetables with what appeared to be a scoby and placed at room temp to see what happen. It sorta developed but got a shall we say "unique" smell. So I think gonna come to conclusion is simply a form or mold/yeast I haven't met before. Ended up tossing the batch but was a good lesson.

Thank you again for your input.
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