Kombucha: How to Make Kombucha Tea at Homekombucha recipe

Got “a kombucha problem” and don’t like how much it costs? I don’t blame you. Store bought kombucha costs as much as wine.

Shocked? I was too. This reason alone should be enough to get over any aversion towards kombucha SCOBY, the jellyfish like slimy kombucha “mushroom”, and learn how to make your own kombucha.

What Is Kombucha Tea?

Kombucha tea is a fermented tea made with water, tea, sugar, bacteria and yeast. After kombucha SCOBY sits in a sweetened tea for 7-10 days, the result is barely sweet fermented fizzy drink. Most sugar in store bought kombucha comes from added sugar.

flavoring kombucha

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What Does Kombucha Taste Like?

Kombucha definitely tastes and smells like a fermented product. Something in between apple cider and tea. It tastes depends on type of tea leaves used and flavorings added. There is a big difference in taste between green tea and black tea brewed kombucha.

Does kombucha have caffeine in it?

Yes, a bit. It contains approximately 1/3 the amount of caffeine as the tea it is made with.

What about alcohol in kombucha?

Kombucha tea is considered non-alcoholic because it contains less that 0.5% alcohol. It is safe enough for kids

How much kombucha to drink?

Drink as much as desired. There is no right or wrong formula for health benefits. Make sure to drink plenty of water as kombucha is natural detoxifier. And you want to flush the newly released toxins out.

Can kids drink kombucha?

Yes for sure. You can make  kombucha fizzy like a pop or flavor it with fruits to make it like juice or lemonade.

What Is Kombucha Made Of?

Why Is Kombucha Good for You?

One word – PROBIOTICS. Kombucha is a fermented product containing the “good” bacteria.

  1. Stronger immune system.
  2. Improved digestion.
  3. Healthy gut.
  4. Detoxification.

If you are looking for another way to boost your immune system, detoxify and improve gut health, check out how to make lemon water.

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How to Make Kombucha Tea

1. Grow a SCOBY.

Here is a super easy video recipe how to grow kombucha SCOBYkombucha scoby

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2. Brew Sweet Tea

  1. In a large pot, bring water to boil and turn off heat.
  2. Add tea leaves and sugar. Stir.
  3. Let cool completely: place in a sink filled with cold water to speed things up, or let cool overnight.how to make kombucha

3. Combine Tea and SCOBY

  1. In a gallon glass beverage dispenser, add kombucha SCOBY and 2 cups of previously made kombucha (the one from making a SCOBY works).
  2. Pour cooled tea on top using a mesh strainer.homemade kombucha

4. Ferment

Cover with paper towel secured with a rubber band and put in a place with temperatures above 21C or 70F (I leave mine on a kitchen counter) to ferment for 7-10 days. It is OK if SCOBY isn’t floating at the top (it will later).

5. Taste and Bottle

  1. After 7 days (less in summer) start tasting kombucha. If it isn’t sweet, has a tangy taste, fizzes as you pour and SCOBY is floating at the top, then your kombucha is ready.
  2. Pour using a funnel into airtight cap bottles and enjoy!what is kombucha
    kombucha brewing station – 2 x 1 gallon glass dispensers.

kombucha tea recipe

 

Easy kombucha recipe that will work! Homemade kombucha has simple ingredients and costs 30 times cheaper than store bought.

  • Author: Olena of ifoodreal.com
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 1 gallon 1x
  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Fermentation
  • Cuisine: North American

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Make kombucha SCOBY.
  2. In a large pot, bring water to boil and turn off heat. Add tea and sugar, stir and let cool completely: place in a sink filled with cold water to speed things up, or let sit overnight.
  3. In a glass beverage dispenser, add kombucha SCOBY and 2 cups of previously made kombucha. Pour cooled tea on top using a mesh strainer.
  4. Cover with paper towel secured with a rubber band and put in a place with temperatures above 21C or 70F (I leave mine on a kitchen counter) to ferment for 7-10 days. It is OK if SCOBY isn’t floating at the top (it will later).
  5. After 7 days (less in summer) start tasting kombucha. If it isn’t sweet, has a tangy taste, fizzes as you pour and SCOBY is floating at the top, then your kombucha is ready.
  6. Pour using a funnel into airtight cap bottles and enjoy.
  7. To make next batch of kombucha, start with step 2.

Store: Keep at room temperature for up to a few weeks. Longer in the fridge (kombucha is less fizzy when refrigerated).

Did you make this recipe or other kombucha recipe you love? Have you tried flavoured kombucha?  Please share in the comments.

image credit: ifoodreal.com

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