Date began: Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Date harvested: n/a (Last monitored on Tuesday, November 29, 2017)
–This is the most recent photograph of my Kombucha leather progress. As demonstrated in the image, the leather unfortunately did not harvest. Since the beginning date, it was progressing but I hypothesise the Scoby died due to the hot temperature that it was stored in. If you look closely, you can see the Scoby in its original shape and form as a circle. There definitely was a change in the progress but not the outcome I had hoped for.–
–The Kombucha is still very much in the liquid phase and never showed any signs of hardening to form the leather. The water did become much darker and less transparent, and the smell is more potent. I’d like to believe that it is still attempting to grow because it is showing signs of progression, but time has proven that the experiment failed.–
–As shown in the image below, the liquid is a darker colour than what it previously was. The liquid looks thicker, almost as if it were to transform into something solid in the coming weeks but still no signs of the leather being formed.–
If my material succeeded, I would’ve expected it to look like a transparent leather. That assumption is based off of previous examples that I have seen. My material failed due to a certain temperature that it was stored in which killed the Scoby. If I had the chance to do this again, I would have changed the conditions that it was placed in and I would have been more careful in the setting up of the process. My positive take away from this experiment is to be more careful in handling delicate processes like this and to be more aware of signs of progression so that I could combat anything that would hinder the progress of the experiment.