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How To Brew Kombucha


Ingredients


Instructions

  1. Bring 2/3 of a gallon of water to a boil in a large pot.
  2. Add 1 cup of sugar. Stir until dissolved.
  3. Remove the pot from heat.
  4. Add 5 tea bags.
  5. Let steep until COMPLETELY cool*.
  6. Pour the tea into a gallon size glass jar.
  7. Add your starter liquid**.
  8. Fill your gallon jar to the top with filtered water.
  9. Add your scoby.
  10. Cover with a white hand towel or old tshirt. Secure with a rubberband.
  11. Store in a dark place for 1-2 weeks.
  12. Remove the scoby and preserve a few cups of starter liquid***.
  13. Run the kombucha through a strainer
  14. Pour into bottles. Leave about an inch of air at the top.
  15. Add a few tablespoons of juice per 16 oz bottle (if desired, optional)****.
  16. If you added juice, store in a dark place for 2-3 days (this is your 2nd fermentation)*****.
  17. Your kombucha is ready to drink or store in the fridge.

Notes

  • *It is very important that you let the water cool completely before you add the scoby. Hot and warm water will harm your scoby.
  • **The starter liquid is preserved from your last batch. If this is your 1st batch, use store bought kombucha.
  • ***Your scoby will have a baby scoby attached. You can leave them together for a few brews, or separate them after each brew. I let the baby grow for 2-3 batches, then separate them to make 2 scoby.
  • ****You can use any flavor of good quality (preferable organic) juice. It can be store bought or fresh squeezed.
  • *****This is the 2nd fermentation. The juice will sweeten your kombucha and it will become fizzier & more carbonated. This is an optional step. You can leave your kombucha unflavored without juice.