Kombucha – my favorite ferment!
Why would you want to brew your own Kombucha you ask? There are so many healthy benefits of Kombucha! It is a wonderful replacement for soda. Its fizzy like soda but yet…its healthy! It is a pro-biotic drink that helps with improved digestion, weight loss, immune support, cleansing and detoxifying to name a few great reasons you should drink it everyday. Kombucha contains good bacteria for your body! The sugar and tea is fermented by yeast and bacteria combination called SCOBY, or Symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast. Usually made with black tea, it can also be made with green teas and herbal teas. It usually sells at the store for around $3-$5 for a bottle. You can make it at home for a lot less! SCOBY’s grow a new colony with each brew. I always have a lot on hand hanging out in my SCOBY hotel. You can purchase a starter from many places or if you have a friend already brewing their own, ask for one of their extras. So why wouldn’t you make your own? Wouldn’t it be nice to make it for yourself?
Here is our simple recipe for making your very own Kombucha!
What you will need:
- SCOBY and approx 1 Cup starter liquid (kombucha)
- Distilled White Vinegar (For cleaning)
- Glass jar to brew in (1 quart mason jar is what I use)
- Cloth cover or coffee filter
- 3-4 cups Filtered Water
- 1 C. Sugar
- Green tea and Black tea (4-6 bags loose leaf: 1 bag=1 tsp )
- rubber band
- Begin by cleaning all of your utensils, pot and glassware with HOT soapy water, as hot as you can handle. Rinse well. I do a second rinse with the Distilled White Vinegar because soap and chlorine will kill your SCOBY so make sure you are careful and rising it well with the White Vinegar.
- Fill a pot with 3-4 cups of Filtered Water and bring it to a slow boil.
- When the water has come to a boil, remove from heat. Add tea and sugar, stirring till sugar dissolves. Kombucha is commonly made with black tea. I use a mixture of green and black tea or green and hibiscus tea.
- Allow your teas to steep for about 15 mins then remove tea bags or tea infuser. Let the tea cool to room temperature. Once it has cooled add your SCOBY and starter liquid and enough filtered water to fill about 2 inches from top of brewing vessel
- Cover with clean cloth or coffee filters and secure with rubber band. I like to use coffee filters because they allow the Kombucha to breath and plenty of air to pass through without letting in fruit flies or other pests and I don’t have to worry about pieces of cloth falling in.
- Set in a warm location out of direct sunlight. Perfect temperature for brewing Kombucha is around 68-86F (20-30c). The closer you can get to the ideal temperature, the better your brew will be.
- Send positive, loving vibes and allow to brew for 7 day. Taste by gently inserting a straw underneath your SCOBY , if tart tasting, it went to long and reduce your brewing cycle next time. If it is to sweet allow it to brew longer, tasting it daily till it is at the right flavor you prefer.
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