I first tried home-brewed Kombucha a few years ago when my oldest gave me some she had made. One of the health benefits of Kombucha is the probiotics that can be beneficial to your gut.
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If you have ever tried Kombucha and have grown to like it; as I have, you may have noticed that the price in the store can seem pretty expensive, $3-$4 a bottle.
I would like to help get you started brewing Kombucha at home.
The process isn’t very hard and you can have all you want and not break the bank.
Kombucha Tea Brewing
Before you begin you will need to get a few things such as a starter culture or SCOBY, a few ingredients, and some equipment.
You can purchase the SCOBY dehydrated from a starter kit or even use a bottle of Kombucha from the store to form your own SCOBY, or even better, from someone that is currently brewing Kombucha tea.
- The equipment you will need is:
- Quart size jar
- Plastic or wooden stirring utensil
- Tight weave cloth or paper coffee filter
- Something to secure the cover to the jar (rubber band or canning jar rings)
- Unfluoridated, Unchlorinated water
- White Sugar
- Distilled vinegar
- Active Kombucha Scoby
- Ingredient ratio for one-quart batch:
- 1 ½ teaspoon loose tea or 2 tea bags
- ¼ cup of sugar
- 2-3 cups water
- ½ cup starter tea or vinegar
- Combine hot water and sugar in a glass jar, stir till the sugar dissolves.
- Place loose tea in a metal tea ball or tea bags in the sugar water to steep.
- Cool to room temperature
- Remove tea
- Add starter tea from a previous batch or distilled white vinegar as a substitute
- Add an active Kombucha SCOBY
- Cover jar with tight-weave towel or coffee filter
- Leave undisturbed at a temperature between 68-85 F, out of direct sunlight for 7-30 days or to taste.
- Pour from top of the jar, keep SCOBY and enough liquid to start another batch
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As you can see, brewing Kombuchas is not really hard, has good health benefits, and can be a very refreshing drink.
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Kombucha can be used for:
1. Dressing and Condiments
2. Meat Marinade
3. Frozen Treats
4. Soaking Grains for making bread, cake, and muffins
5. Acidic Ingredient in Mixed Drinks
6. Hair Care-if too acidic to drink makes a good hair rinse
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“Kombucha.” Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, 19 August 2021, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kombucha.
“HOW-TO VIDEO: How to Make Kombucha Tea.” Cultures for Health, 19 August 2021, www.culturesforhealth.com/learn/kombucha/how-to-make-kombucha/
“Cultures For Health.” Cultures for Health, 19 August 2021, www.culturesforhealth.com/learn/kombucha/kombucha-uses/.