1. Kombucha is a popular fermented tea drink that everyone is going nuts about right now.

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2. It tastes really great, and most of the more popular brands don’t have any additional sugar or added bad stuff.

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3. In addition to being effervescent and refreshing, some claim that kombucha is really good for you and your guts! It’s like the perfect drink!

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4. Nope! Nothing weird or horribly upsetting about kombucha!

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5. I mean, except for that junk floating around in it. But that’s probably not a big deal, right? What even is that stuff? Does anyone know?

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6. I DO! I KNOW WHAT IT IS, AND NOW YOU KNOW TOO AND YOU’LL WISH YOU DIDN’T. IT’S LITTLE BITS OF “SCOBY.” WHAT’S SCOBY, YOU ASK? THIS! THIS IS SCOBY:

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8. SCOBY is an acronym for “Symbiotic Colony of Bacteria and Yeast,” and it’s fucking disgusting.

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9. SCOBY are also called “mothers,” which is somehow way worse. Like a terrible alien life form, seeding Earth with its spawn.

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10. They’re just big gelatinous wads of yeast and bacteria. Like living lumps of snot.

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11. It looks like something an old man might hack up, but it’s not! It’s actually what ferments the tea and sugars in kombucha, and makes it fizzy.

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12. It’s also the little bits you find in your bottle of kombucha! This is what you’re drinking! Gross!

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13. Look at these pictures and let that sink in a little…

 

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17. Some people (vegans) even dry out their SCOBY when they’re done making kombucha with it and use it as artificial leather. Gross!

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18. So just remember next time you’re enjoying an ice-cold kombucha…

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19. …that it came from a horrible, quivering mass of SCOBY. SCOBY that you then ingested. Enjoy!

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