|Coke with a Scoby on Top|
While debating my scoby's fate, Carla returned from a work event with some leftover food and a liter of Coke that someone opened only to take 1 tablespoon out. We don't usually have soda in the house, so I claimed this nearly-full liter of Coke in the name of science. In the book "Wild Fermentation" by Sandor Ellix Katz, he mentions passing his own overgrown scobys out to friends, one of whom used it to ferment Mountain Dew to create "Scoby-Dew." This has been hanging out in my mind for a while as a twinkle of possibility, but now the stars finally aligned.
|Topside View of the Scoby|
Now, nearly 8 weeks since fermentation started, I have the strangest beverage in front of me. It tastes like regular, malty Coke that's gone flat and had a splash of lemon juice added to it. It's not bad...just sorta thick and flat and not too acidic. Honestly, maybe this should have gone for 12 weeks of fermentation, but after 8 weeks, I don't think the juice - or Coke - is worth the squeeze compared to how much I prefer black tea.