Members of Kombucha Brewers International will be aware of the SCOBY DNA Sequencing Study launched in partnership with Oregon State University. Their initial report contained a wealth of information on the composition of different SCOBYs, which microbes are common across commercial brands, and insights about which strains may be responsible for different fermentation and flavor outcomes.
uBiome DNA Sequencing
Thanksgiving weekend provides a great opportunity for brewers who would like to investigate the DNA sequence of their kombucha. Thanks to Patrik from Counter Culture Labs (CCL) for telling Booch News about the deal. CCL is an Oakland California community supported microbiology maker space. They sponsor a kombucha geonomics project which aims to isolate and identify bacterial and yeast strains in kombucha.
uBiome, works with over 1,000 researchers from around the world at institutions including Harvard, Stanford, UCSF, National University of Singapore, and University College London. It offers services that transform the science of the microbiome into useful products and services that improve people’s lives.
Black Friday Sale
They’re offering a 5-for-1 deal on their microbiome sequencing kit. The price cut is from $399 to $89 for their Five Site Kit. This works out to around $18 per sample. The kits are good for at least half a year, so you can buy multiple kits while the sale is on.
CCL have been using these kits for their kombucha genomics project. These prices cannot be beat if you want to get a deep overview of bacterial species composition in a complex sample. They’ve been getting 20,000-30,000 16S Illumina sequence reads
per sample with a very simple “stuff it in a tube and mail it in” collection protocol.
While these kits are intended for human microbiome sequencing they can easily be used to sequence kombucha, sauerkraut, sourdough, or other fermented foods.
To get the 5-for-1 deal, simply go to https://shop.ubiome.com/
, and select the “Five Site Kit” for $399, and then apply discount B1G5
at checkout to knock that down to $89.