Many people have heard about Kombucha and the claimed health benefits but found it to be pretty steep in price in the stores.
Making your own kombucha at home is very easy to do and very cheap after an initial investment of a few dollars.
Here I will tell you how we brew our own kombucha over and over again and all we use is tea, distilled water and sugar.
As I mentioned there is a small investment you have to make when you want to start making Kombucha at home.
This is what we bought to get started with our home brew system.
- 1-gallon glass jar
- Starter Kombucha
- Distilled water
It was a total of around $35 that we spend.
After this initial start-up cost, all we need now is distilled water and of course the tea and sugar but we have that already.
This is the Kombucha starter kit we started out with!
The ingredients of Kombucha
There are just a few ingredients you need to brew Kombucha that is placed in a one-gallon glass jar. A gallon distilled water, 6 green tea baggies, and a so-called Scoby.
What is the Kombucha Scoby
The Scoby or mushroom as it is also called is the heart of the Kombucha brewing process. You have to purchase one or must know someone who has one and will give it away.
The Scoby is a living culture and needs sugary tea to stay alive. It also can’t get to warm. It will die and be useless for making Kombucha.
Every new batch will make a new Scoby and you can use this for a new batch, give it away, store it or even use it in your food. More about that yu can read in this post about what Kombucha is.
The Scoby, in combination with the sugar and tea, will turn this brew into a drink filled with all types of probiotics.
Our first batch of kombucha
After ordering the Scoby and buying the gallon glass jar, we were ready to start our first batch of home brewed Kombucha Here are our tips and steps we took.
Clean, Clean and Cleaner
You will have to realize that you are preparing something you will drink later. That means that hygiene and using clean parts are some of the most important things to keep in mind.
Preparing the glass jar
We washed the jar with dish-soap and after rinsing it, we rinsed it again with a small amount of vinegar. The r
Boiling the tea
Bring the distilled water to a boil and then add 1 cup of sugar and steer this until dissolved.
Now we add 6 green tea baggies. Some people add 8 and we have done that too but see or taste no difference.
It is very important to let this brewed tea to cool to room temperature before adding the Scoby. I let it, most of the time, sit overnight with the tea baggies in it.
Adding the Scoby to the tea
After the tea has cooled off it is time to pour the tea in the gallon jar and add the Scoby to it
Depending on how you got your Scoby there are two options.
- In the case you bought a Scoby it will come with or in some brewed Kombucha.
- When you got it from a friend ask for some brewed kombucha with it.
The reason for this is that it will help your brew to get started faster.
In our first batch, we added a small bottle of store-bought Kombucha. If you do this make sure it is not flavored. It will take several brews before this taste will be gone.
Sit and let it do its thing
This part needs to be done at room temperature.
Now it is time to be patient and give your Kombucha time to convert the sugar and tea into the probiotics.
The jar needs to be covered with something that can make the brew breath. You can use basically anything. We started with a paper coffee filter that we secured with a rubber band.
How long does Kombucha need to brew?
This is very personal and depends on how you prefer it to taste. However, it is advised to let it sit for 7 days. This will make sure that all the sugar is gone.
We let ours sit for 10 days.
How to test your Kombucha?
I found a tip that I have found to be very easy to test your Kombucha,
Take a straw and dip it in the Kombucha. Keep your finger on the top of the straw and take it out of the jar.
Now you can taste your Kombucha without touching it with your hands or a utensil.
I suggest you start doing this after 6 days and repeat it until you found the taste you prefer.
My Kombucha is done. Now what?
After you decide on the strength of your Kombucha it is time to end the brewing process.
Simply remove the Scoby and set the ready Kombucha in the refrigerator. This is not necessary but will stop or slow down the fermentation process.
Now you can drink a glass of Kombucha every day and do not have to go to the store and buy an expensive bottle.
Start a new batch of Kombucha
All you have to do now is start a new batch. In this way, you will always have enough Kombucha to drink.
- Brew the tea with the sugar
- Add the (new formed) Scoby
- Add some of your
- Wait till done
Rinse and repeat to have Kombucha available all the time.
Adding Flavor to Kombucha
Maybe you get a little burned out on the flavor of your Kombucha? You can add flavor to it any way you like it.
You can use fruit, juice or anything else you like to add to it.
You can add it to your glass or start a so-called second brew.
Sometimes we do a second fermentation by adding fruit for two days after the 10 days we let our Kombucha
Simply remove the Scoby and add some chunks of your favorite fruit and let it sit for 1 or 2 more days.
What to do with all the
Since every time you make a new batch of Kombucha, you will have a new Scoby you can end up with quite a lot of scobies.
There are a few things you can do with all these new scobies.
We always use a new formed Scoby in our new batch.
You can store them in a jar with some tea and this is called a Scoby hotel. You can give these away or keep them for new batches or even eat them.
I sometimes put them in my compost pile in the summer months.
I hope you enjoyed our way of making home-made Kombucha and if you have something to add feel free to leave it in the comments.
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There are many discussions going on online about the health benefits of Kombucha. I believe it works and that is why I use it daily.
I might write an article with more researched results in the near future about this subject.