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How to Make Kombucha

After buying kombucha at the natural food store (at $3.50 each!) it was an economical decision to start making it myself. It's much easier than you might think. In fact, if you can make sweet tea, you can make kombucha.

Since I was given a SCOBY (symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast), I didn't have to make one myself, but there are simple instructions at Food Renegade. You can even buy SCOBYs on eBay.

Ok, now that that's taken care of, prepare to be underwhelmed by the complexity of basic kombucha making.



Basic Kombucha Recipe

1/2 gallon filtered water, divided
5 small bags of tea (black, green or white. I like white the best)
1/2 cup of organic cane sugar
SCOBY stored in 1/4 cup fermented kombucha
1 half-gallon glass jar

  1. Bring 1 quart of water to a boil and add tea bags. 
  2. Boil for 7 minutes. 
  3. Remove tea bags and stir in sugar until dissolved.  Allow to cool to room temperature.
  4. To a half-gallon jar, add the brewed sweet tea, SCOBY and kombucha.
  5. Fill the rest of the jar with filtered water.
  6. Cover the jar with cheesecloth or a  paper towel and secure with a rubber band.
  7. Place the jar in a dark place (the inside of a kitchen cabinet works perfectly) and wait let ferment. I let mine sit for 9 days, but start tasting after 7 days to make sure you have fermented it to your taste. The longer it ferments, the more sour it gets.
  8. Remove the SCOBY, pour the kombucha into individual jars or cover and refrigerate.  
  9. Store the SCOBY in a dark place, in a jar with a lid, with 1/4 cup of kombucha.

New SCOBY
Let me warn you, don't drink the whole thing in a day! Kombucha is one of those things you need to build up to. It has live bacteria which will work in your gut to battle bad bacteria and help digest your food more efficiently. The influx of too much good bacteria at once will lead to stomach upset, and no one wants that. Start with a few ounces a day and work up from there.






Have you ever tried kombucha?
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**note: I don't have any affiliation with this site, and they do sell retail products but I've found some wonderful information and recipes at KombuchaKamp
 

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