A while back Joe sent me a mother from his kombucha tea. The jar arrived broken - shattered to bits actually. But the box of black tea was intact. I never told Joe what happened. Ooops! I felt so bad it came broken! It took me 6 weeks but I saught out a bottle of raw organic kombucha tea in my market. I pampered coaxed and tended it. Hahaha! I lie! I ignored the nasty thing that drew fruit flies to my kitchen! This is a 3 gallon jar. How's this for the mother I grew, Joe?