Do you know how to make Kombucha?
Every time I pick up a bottle of Kombucha from the store, the price tag makes me cringe! – kind of like buying a latte at a coffeeshop… And I ALWAYS tell myself I know I could easily make this for a fraction of that price… – which is also why I almost always make my own coffee at home!
Kombucha is not something I want to give up – because of the awesome gut & health benefits. But both the cost and my natural procrastination tendencies were an issue for way too long. I do this all. the. time. I get an awesome idea, but then I think I get scared of exactly how much investment this new thing might require, and I slow way down… Am I alone in this?
I started by doing a little research, because I really don’t care for getting caught up in a FAD.
Here are some answers to questions I had:
- Do I have to be a natural health & living GURU in order to make this?? NO – Kombucha is made with just tea, sugar, & water. And microbes (the good kind).
If you can make sweet tea, you can make Kombucha.
- Most Kombucha is made with black tea (I like this brand – affiliate link), but you can also use non-fragrant white, green or oolong tea.
- Don’t be worried about the sugar! The sugar feeds the bacteria/yeast culture growing in your brew, and the drink actually can help regulate blood sugar.
- When first starting, it is best to use regular sugar (rather than molasses, honey, etc). I use organic cane or coconut sugar (affiliate link).
- The mushroom-looking thing you see in brewing pictures is called a SCOBY. SCOBY stands for “symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast.” It is the “mother” of your fermentation process, while also protecting your brew from bad bacteria.
- You can get a SCOBY by growing your own [I’ll share the link I used!] from raw Kombucha, getting one from a friend, or purchasing one online (affiliate link).
- Kombucha is fermented. All fermented foods/vinegars contain trace amounts of alcohol. Keep your Kombucha on the sweeter – not as vinegary – side to reduce alcohol content.
- This is a probiotic beverage. Health benefits include gut support – such as improved digestion, deterring Candida (bad yeast) overgrowth, detoxification, immune support, increased energy & clear-thinking, and more!
- and – the big one! – IT IS TOTALLY EASY AND CHEAP TO MAKE MY OWN…
I used Google to ask my questions, and I was happy to find plenty of answers on websites that I already know and trust. I really don’t listen to everything I read on the internet!
Since I didn’t know of anyone in my local community who was already brewing Kombucha, I decided to grow my own SCOBY. Guys – it was soon easy! Why did I not do this before?
I found this link with instructions on how to use purchased raw, unflavored, Kombucha to start growing a SCOBY, and after a few weeks of procrastinating, I made a special trip to the store to get a bottle. I made sure to get a good organic brand, like GT Kombucha (affiliate link).
And I created my starter brew within a few hours – the time it took my sweet tea to cool completely!
Please follow the recipe, but it’s basically combining a 1 to 7 ratio of Kombucha and sweet tea in wide mouth glass (no plastic for Kombucha!) jars (affiliate link).
TIP: make sure your purchased Kombucha is room temperature before combining.
TIP2: save money & use jars saved from recycling. Mine used to hold spaghetti sauce or coconut oil.
Cover the jars with a thin protecting cloth. I use flour sack towels (affiliate link) & rubber bands.
Then I just shoved things around on my kitchen counters to create space for my distillery (lol!) and started what I am REALLY GOOD AT. WAITING…
My SCOBY started forming by the end of the first week.
And, I have to tell you, I was silly-excited! Oh – and can I just say that I want to laugh everytime I say the word “SCOBY???”
And that’s how easy it is to get your very own Kombucha starter!
But I do have to confess something…
That WAITING I mentioned??? It may or may not have lasted about 6 weeks before I followed the next beyond-easy-why-would-I-be-waiting step to make the actual beverage!
I do NOT recommend this. It is totally unnecessary – and can create super vinegary flavor and monster SCOBY blobs!
Obviously I need to include more new activities in my life! Or maybe I have too many??? Or maybe I need a good gut & brain clarifying probiotic drink in my diet? 😉
Either way – learn from me and my craziness!
I’ll share a video in my next post to tell you just how easy it was to start drinking my own Kombucha – plus what a kick I got out of opening a bottle to fizzy bubbles!
OH – and if you are in the Dallas area – I now have TONS of SCOBIES to share. Message me and I will give you one, over a glass of Kombucha tea, of course! And then you’ll know how to make Kombucha at your house. 🙂