For the gold medal “Demonstrate your work” requirement, we have shown that we can recreate kombucha from scratch by adding isolated strains of microbes to tea media. Our tea media, made with water, black tea, and sucrose, simulates the starting mixture used to brew kombucha. We have performed extensive recapitulation trials to determine which strains of yeast and bacteria are necessary for brewing kombucha. Cataloguing these vital strains is a necessary step toward modifying the starting population to create a “designer beverage” with a variety of properties that could benefit kombucha consumers and manufacturers outside the lab.
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