Friday, June 27, 2014

Homemade Kombucha

Charlie and I have been making our own kombucha for years! Being one of the more expensive items at a natural food store, learning how to make this fermented drink can help save you loads of money while helping detoxify your body and much more!

Steps to making your own basic kombucha tea!

1.  You will have to either order or find someone that can help you get a scoby. Our friend had a "mother" scoby that was ready to be split so we took a couple of the top layers to start our batch. You could also use this subreddit site to help you identify a mother near you:  The first time I saw a scoby--I screamed from how ugly and alien like it was. I, now, love the beautiful bacteria (and yeast).
We pealed away two layers from this mother 

We sealed it in a plastic baggy to transport 

2. You will need a clean jar to let your scoby ferment in. We like to use large glass jars that have a wide opening. This allows your scoby to have as much surface as possible in the mixture and this will help prevent mold.

3. Boil half a gallon of water.

4. Add 1/2 cup of plain sugar into the boiling water.

5. Let mixture cool and let 4 black tea bags seep.  Allow tea to seep until the mixture is a dark color. Once the mixture is cooled, add the scoby.

6. Allow the mixture to ferment for two weeks before enjoying! Make sure to cover the jar with a towel and rubberband

*For optimal results, occasionally swirl the scoby in the mixture to allow the top of the scoby soak in the mixture. This will help to prevent mold. 

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