Hey, no problem! I’ve not read too many great things about starting Kombucha from a dried scoby, pretty much the opposite. Your first “brew” sounds like it just didn’t work. Did you get a “baby” on top of that Kombucha batch? You should have seen a second scoby start to form. If not, it was just a failed experiment…a learning opportunity! I have always started my Kombucha with living mothers. I usually buy a bottle of “original” Kombucha, of whatever brand I like (usually Synergy), and make a tea/sugar mix and pour the teeeeny tiny mother at the bottom of the cold bottle (she floats when it warms up) and about 1/3rd of the bottle into a quart of room temperature (70-80f) tea and sugar mixture. I think I have had a 100% success rate using this method, starts growing in a couple days. I’ve even grown mothers from other brands that filter their scoby out. Give that a shot, start a batch at the same time you try again with the dehydrated scoby, let me know how it goes!