(see below for directions)
A little over a year ago, I was introduced to kombucha that was purchased from the local health food store. I instantly fell in love with the taste! It was tangy, it was delicious, and plus it was “concentrated” probiotics! The only thing I didn’t like so much about it was that it was $4 a pop. Some time later, I saw that a local soap-maker was selling kombucha at the farmers market. I was very excited about this! I tried her kombucha and asked if I could purchase one of her SCOBYS so I can start making my own. She agreed and I started making kombucha!
At first I thought it would be difficult, but it is easy as cake. And, it is super cheap to make!
The lady gave me step-by-step directions on how to make kombucha and I also watched videos like these to help me through the learning process.*****Kombucha: How to Make (Brew) a 1 Gallon Batch *****
More info: Obtaining and Maintaining the Maximum Taste & Benefit from your Kombucha through Consideration & Application of Balance.
Note: if you can’t find anyone with a SCOBY, you can purchase some on line (google it) or you can check out videos like these: How To Make Your Own Kombucha SCOBY
For those of you who don’t know what a SCOBY is, it is symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeasts. It is used to ferment tea. For more information on kombucha and SCOBYs, here is a wonderful article about them: WHAT IS KOMBUCHA?
Directions: first watch the video above on how to brew a 1 gallon batch of kombucha.
Here are the items you will need:
Delicious and fizzy!
There are a few scobys in there….
Brewing two 1-gallon jars of kombucha.
Note: I have found that my kombucha tastes better when it is brewed in my kitchen versus my closet. I just cover it up with some napkins so it doesn’t get any light.
After you have watched the video, brew your first batch. I usually don’t use my PH strips, I just taste-test. After about 7 to 8 days, bottle kombucha in an air-tight bottle, and let it sit for another day or two. This will allow it to get even fizzier, like the store-brand kombucha. This is called “double brewing”.
kombucha with chia seeds!
After it has “double brewed”, store your kombucha in the fridge. Before serving, you can add some chia seeds (let sit for 20 minutes to let the chia seeds expand before drinking). You can also add fresh lemon juice, fresh ginger, blueberry syrup, strawberry syrup, hibiscus, etc. So many possibilities!
The very top this post, I posted a picture of my mango kombucha. I just blended 1/2 of a mango with 1 quart of kombucha. Tastes a lot like the MANGO SYNERGY drink from the health food store!
Good luck and have fun with your magical kombucha!