Paul Ferris lifts the “mother” to the surface of ingredients he combined in a large jar to make kombucha. The “mother” is a pancake-like patty of bacteria and yeast that is the starter for the fermented tea.
Photo by John Rawlston .
published Tuesday, December 24th, 2013
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It all starts with what looks like a slimy rubber pancake. Bethyn Merrick-Nguyen's friends call it an "alien face eater." It's also called a "mother."