Kombucha is an ancient elixir that has a history of starting in China and, somehow, made it’s way over here to America. It is a sort of “tea” that is infused by fermentation with beneficial bacteria, probiotics, and yeast and is great for your gut and overall health. It is made from either using black or green tea, and some herbal teas, some sugar (which the yeast feeds on), and lots of patience.
As promised below is the recipe for making your very own homemade kombucha. Look at our previous post for growing your own SCOBY (“symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast”). Just to recap it looks like a flat mushroom but solid and squishy. This SCOBY is actually alive and feeds on the white sugar that is in the tea. As it ferments, the SCOBY produce a by-product which is full of beneficial bacteria and probiotics for gut health, and many more benefits!
Step One: Boil 2 Litres of water and add 3 family-size tea bags (the tea may also be loose leaf in either green, white or black) and 1 cup of white sugar. You can use organic sugar and organic tea if you would like, but it is not necessary.
Step Two: Once the tea is cooled (not hot, you could kill your SCOBY) add it to a 4 litre glass jar. Must be glass. Then 1 cup of first batch kombucha with your fully grown SCOBY. SEE PREVIOUS POST FOR DETAILS
Step Three: Cover the jar with a fabric cloth, tie with elastic band and set aside to ferment for 7-10 days. Taste it every other day or so and you will learn about the process of how the SCOBY alters the taste.
Step Four: Take the SCOBY and the new baby that may have formed on the top of the liquid and put them aside.
Step Five: This is personal preference now, as I mentioned above. Either bottle it up and put the Kombucha in the fridge. To taste fresh fruit and fruit juice can be added for a sweeter flavour. For example citrus fruits including lemon, oranges and limes; berries such as strawberry, cranberry or pomegranate, and herbs like ginger and basil. Feel free to experiment. Make sure you keep 1 cup of the Kombucha and your SCOBY to put in the next batch. This is your starter liquid which will get the next batch going.
Step Six: Repeat steps 1-5 and Enjoy!!
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