Kombucha is a fermented tea drink that tastes good and has many health benefits. I drink it as a probiotic to help keep my immune system strong. Many other health claims include helping with gut health, depression, asthma, liver protection, controlling diabetes, and detoxifying the body. I don't know how true these claims are but when it tastes so good and you know that at the very least it's a natural probiotic why not try it this fall as the kids head back to school and the flu and colds start to make appearances.
Ingredients for Kombucha
How to Homebrew Kombucha
First off brew tea: Boil 13 cups of water and add sugar then mix until all the sugar is dissolved. And add the tea I use loose leave tea but so I won't have to strain out the tea after it cools I use tea infusers. Set aside to brew and cool to room temperature.
After cooling pour in your ready kombucha and add the SCOBY on top. Cover with a paper towel or cheesecloth and secure with a rubber band.
After the brew is complete remove the SCOBY with VERY CLEAN HANDS! (it is very important to work with clean hands, jar, and utensils if you contaminate your Kombucha it will start to mold and you will have to start over) Transfer to a plate and refrigerate while your next brew is being prepared
What's the best tea to brew Kombucha with
In my opinion, black loose-leaf tea works best. You will get the best flavor as well get all the necessary nutrients and microorganisms for a delicious homebrewed kombucha.
How to make Kombucha Scoby:
If this is your first time and you don't have a SCOBY, you want to start from scratch. Do the above steps but use store-bought kombucha as a starter and place to brew without the SCOBY in about 5-7 days check on it and you should see a SCOBY forming you might have to leave it for longer it should be about ½ an inch thick. Not all store brands will be successful but that's how I started so I know it does work. You will most likely have to discard your first batch as it was developing the SCOBY it will most likely be over-brewed.
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Homemade Kombucha Recipe
- 2.5 gallon glass jar
- 13 cups water boiling
- 1.5 cups sugar organic
- 5 tbsp loose leaf tea 6-7 tea bags
- 1-2 cups kombucha
- Brew tea: Boil 13 cups of water and add sugar and tea. Mix until all the sugar is dissolved. Set aside to brew and cool to room temperature
- After cooled pour in your ready kombucha and add the scoby on top. Cover with a paper towel or cheesecloth and secure with a rubber band.
- Store in a warm and dry place away from direct sunlight for 5-7 days
- After the days remove the scoby with VERY CLEAN HANDS! you dont want to kill the bacteria with the oils from your hands. and transfer to a plate and refridgerate while your next brew is being prepared
- Strain the kombucha and pour into jars or bottles and refridgerate
- And start from the top for your new batch