Making Dog Treats from Kombucha SCOBYs

The humans in this house love kombucha! But what makes for a happy pooch? Especially a 75 pound Golden Retriever? Kombucha scobys!


That’s right, scobys. You’ve run out of friends to give them to, your kombucha hotel is now likened to the Leaning Tower of Pisa, and composting them is making you feel a bit guilty, so what else can you do? Make dog treats!


It’s easy, and your dog will appreciate you. I dehydrate my 12 inch scobys (YEP folks, 12 inches in diameter!) in my dehydrator on low for about 24 hours or so, until it looks like fruit leather. Once it’s done, I cut/tear them up into little strips or square pieces, and store these little pieces of heaven in jars at room temperature.


In a sense, you’ve got free dog treats! You also have a great way to clear your nose when you open up a jar….hello vinegar!

This is our happy dog,  J.B.:


He happily devours scoby treats.

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I hear chickens also love scobys. What else can you do with your extra scobys?



Jerri is a wife and mama. Her culturing adventures began several years ago with other moms who were seeking a healthy way of feeding our families. Together they dabbled in milk kefir, yogurt, sourdough, kombucha and sauerkraut. In the past year she's expanded from sauerkraut to other vegetables, and has grown a passion for water kefir!

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  1. Marianne says


    1. Where do you get a container like that?
    2. Do you leave the completed kombucha out at room temperature
    or does it have to be refrigerated?

    I am new to this and still learning. I love the idea about dehydrating extra scobys for my dog.

    Thank You!

  2. Chesley says

    interesting idea, i’ll give it a try and see if my dogs like it. they probably will, they will eat just about anything even brussell sprouts.

  3. Jenny says

    What a great idea! I have a dog, chickens, a dehydrator, jars and counter. Sign me up!!! My animals will be so happy. My compost pile will miss the scobys. Woo hoo!!!

  4. Mrs. Right says

    My 3yo son begs for a SCOBY every time we make a new batch of ‘bucha! He had his first taste of kombucha at 8 months, and not long after got his first SCOBY. He chews and sucks on them until they’re thin and dry.

  5. says

    What a great idea! I have gallon jars filled with old mothers, and brewing and aging jars keep making more and more and…well, you know how it is with a healthy culture. Also have a dog and friends with dogs, so here we go!

  6. Jessie says

    Can anyone tell me why your supposed to put an old scoby in the new batch of kombucha? I have been making kombucha for a few months without any scoby and it turns out great. And I don’t have a big mass of scobys growing. It just grows a new one each time. I did buy a scoby with starter liquid online but when I saw it grow a new scoby so easily, I started taking it out with every batch and have not had any problems. Its the easiest cultured food I’ve ever tried. Am I going to damage the culture in the long run?

    • MPbusyB says

      Jessie – I wondered if just using kombucha liquid as a starter would work. I actually make my kombucha with only the SCOBY, and it comes out great too. How is yours going now after all this time? Did you ever get an answer to your question? ~Melisa Brown

  7. ElleJ says

    This is a fantastic idea! My two labs (chowhounds) will love them! My Scobys are quite thick–some are 1-2″ thick from being in a hotel all summer. I’m thinkings these will take forever to dehydrate at this thickness! Any suggestion on the thickness?
    Thanks for the best idea for my Scoby collection, yet!

  8. VICKI says

    I feed my dogs raw meat and bone. What is the nutritional claim behind scoby’s? They definitely must beat Chinese dry chicken with salmonella! I’m sure they won’t fit into a raw prey model diet. First, what makes them so good for dogs or kids for that matter? Just asking… do they contain probiotics? If so, aren’t they dead when dried and especially dried w/heat.

    • JerriJerri says

      Hi Vicki,

      We cannot comment on a nutritional claim/benefits for cultured products, but we can say in general that our products can contribute to a healthy lifestyle. The scobys when dehydrated at a low temperature will not lose its probiotic and enzymatic qualities, as this is how we process the scobys we sell! They can be brought out of their dormant stage by rehydrating them and giving them some TLC. My train of thought is that even if I do accidentally overheat the scoby, the treat is much better for my dog than store-bought treats!

    • Elaine says

      if you are only feeding your dogs meat and bone your dogs are lacking pure nutrition.even wolves eat greens and berries.

  9. Elaine says

    Kombucha doesnt eat plastic~~~ thats funny! Dont use metal! it will spoil your kumbucha! and dogs are not just meat eaters, hasnt your dogs ever ate berries or grass? they eat veggies and fruits too! a lack of vegetables and fruit in a dogs diet means an unbalanced animal! Thanks for sharing! Ill be sure to treat my pets!

    • Bev says

      Elaine, a healthy diet for dogs is meat (including offal, fat & cartilage) and bones. That *is* a balanced diet. Raw fed dogs will help themselves to grass and even crab apples when running free. Dogs can eat veggies but their digestive tracts are too short to get any major nutrition from them. Their main use is as ‘nature’s scouring pads’, i.e. fiber.

      Kombucha and plastic. I know someone who made themselves very ill when brewing kombucha in a food grade plastic bucket. Over time the chemicals leached into the brew. It looks as though only the tap is plastic on the vessel in the photo, therefore the kombucha isn’t in constant contact with it.

  10. Dalyce McCue says

    In looking at the starter kit information, it doesn’t sound like the mushroom like thing that is described in Gunter’s book. You say it is yeast and bacterial culture. The pictures don’t look like the descriptions I’ve heard that have been circulating for about 20 years.

    • says

      Dalyce – Do you have some information or a link that could give us some context as to what you are referencing so I might answer your questions better?


  11. Jessica says

    My dog loved the treats. Just make sure to cut the Scoby into small pieces before dehydrating it. I gave my dog what looked like small pieces and they rehydrated in her stomach into large pieces that she ended up throwing up.

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