Have you wanted to try making your own kombucha at home? I have written out some instructions here!
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I have loved kombucha for the past ten years. The process always seemed too complicated for me to do, but once I learned how it became very simple! Below are the instructions to make your own kombucha at home:
What You Will Need
- 14 Cups of clean water
- 1 cup white granulated sugar
- 8 bags of green or black tea
- 2 cups of unflavored kombucha (from a previous batch)
- 1 or 2 SCOBYs (1 per container)
- A large glass container (preferably one with a spout for tasting)
- Tightly woven cloth (coffee filters, napkins, cheese cloth)
- Rubber band
- Bring water to a boil in a clean pot. Remove from heat and dissolve sugar into it.
- Add tea bags and allow to steep while mixture cools to room temperature. (Hot water will kill your SCOBY)
- With VERY CLEAN hands – with no jewelry – gently remove your SCOBY from it’s jar and put it on a VERY CLEAN plate or bowl. You can rinse out the jar, but it isn’t always required.
- Pour the room temperature tea into your jar, then pour the unflavored kombucha.
- Gently place SCOBY into jar and cover with the tightly covered cloth.
- Set jar somewhere dark, still, and room temperature (70 – 75*F) for 6- 10 days. Taste on the 6th day to test. It should be mildly sweet and slightly vinegary.
- Reserve 2 cups from this batch to use as starter for next time. The rest can move to the 2nd Fermentation.
- Strain kombucha and funnel into bottles with a tight seal. Leave 1.5 inches from the top.
- Add chosen sweetener and seal tightly with the lid.
- Let it ferment somewhere dark and room temperature for 3-10 days. Place in fridge to slow fermentation process.
- Strain fruit and enjoy your kombucha!
Tips, Tools, and Recipes
- If you are not sure where to start for recipes, pinterest has so many! I have made a board here for you to check out some ideas.
- I use a container with a spout like this one! There are so many in stores around the summer time, just make sure it has a plastic spout. Thrift stores can often have them for fairly cheap as well.
- These bottles are the best kind for the 2nd Fermentation. I know the Weck bottles are pretty, but they don’t have as tight of a seal.