Really – you don’t need me to tell you how to make kombucha.
If you can make sweet tea – and if you are good at forgetting about things for a week at a time – then you’ve already got this!
Did you read my last post about how to make kombucha starter? And I also shared in this online magazine. So maybe you’ve already heard a hint of how I psyched myself out over this “new” thing and procrastinated way too long to get a finished product. And now, knowing how super simple it is, I just have to laugh at myself…
PLUS – I do NOT want to miss out on all the benefits of this drink! I’ve read of benefits from helping to balance blood sugars to increased energy to weight loss. And I even have a story to share:
Once you’ve purchased, been given [ask me!!!], or grown your own SCOBIES (starter culture), it’s just one week and five easy steps to your very own delicious and home-made, gut-healing, probiotic beverage.
- Make a fresh batch of sweet tea (see previous post) and let it cool to room temperature.
- Add fresh tea and some of your fermented kombucha tea (about a 5:1 ratio) with a healthy SCOBY to a wide mouth glass jar. [affiliate link]
- Cover with a thin cloth and rubber band to seal against pests and allow to ferment for one week (less time for sweeter brew and longer for more vinegar flavor; add sweet tea if brewing longer).
- Pour fresh kombucha into glass bottles (rubber or plastic covers only) over flavorings of your choice (the fun part!).
- Allow bottled booch (that is now a word!) to rest at room temperature for several days, then refrigerate until ready to enjoy!
Creating your own flavors is the fun part!
I’ve used whatever I had on hand – including crushed blackberries; ginger & lemon; ginger & lime, and cherries & lime.
And the FIZZ!!!! I can’t help it! Little things make me happy…
Sorry guys. You missed my initial squeal when I first saw that #fizz ! 😄 #itsthelittlethings #imadethat 🙌🏻😍💪🏻 Telling about my homemade Kombucha on the blog! [link in profile] •••••••••••••••••••••••• Hints on what I have to share: >> If you can make sweet tea, you can make Kombucha! >> This will save you money! >> Keep it simple and start brewing… >> Would you like a SCOBY??? #kombucha #SCOBY #lemonandginger #howtomakekombucha #fizzydrink #probiotics #guthealth #wholehealth #healthyliving #cleaneats #ULlife #Uluwehi #Uluwehilifestyles #growbeautifullife
It’s soooo much fun – – until your blackberry flavor fizzes all over your couch. #donotshake
And thank God for essential oils to remove the stains!
And that quickly – – you will have your own in-house probiotic, saving money from the too-high-priced store brands and building immunity by growing awesome gut bacteria. And I suspect your entire family will be sneaking extra servings and begging for their favorite flavors.
By the way – you can also make large portions of kombucha by brewing in a large glass beverage dispenser with a spigot. [affiliate link – or this one] Like any good thing though – – drink this in moderation! Kombucha should never replace water, which is even more important for a healthy gut. But I do think this is a great option for kicking a soda habit…
In just a few weeks, you will have an overflow of SCOBIES. And after all the excitement, I don’t want to throw any of them out! I googled and learned how to set up a SCOBY hotel – – although my first hotel is already full. My next project is to search for other ways to use all of this yummy healthy bacteria… Any ideas?
A few tips from things I learned:
– Kombucha is a vinegar and a disinfectant! Pour a little brew in your jars or over your hands or cutting board before creating your final blend. Some people even clean with it!
– You can slice extra fat and healthy SCOBIES (read: left too long) into thinner cultures for better management, storage, or use.
– If your brew is too vinegary, it is less likely to carbonate (no fizz!).
– If going out of town, or you have a build-up of BOOCH, you can store your SCOBIES in your hotel until you are ready to begin fermentation again (refresh your sweet tea every 6 weeks or so)
– Keep it simple! Just set up your brewing station and start fermenting!
These are the links I’ve found most helpful so far:
And if you aren’t even sure how to pronounce the word – – you aren’t alone. lol
Are you sold and ready to try this for yourself? Please be sure to tag me with a picture or video of you and your brew. Oh – and would you like a SCOBY???