Carbonation is naturally created while the SCOBY is converting the sweet tea to kombucha. However, this CO2 (carbonation) escapes through the butter muslin and doesn’t remain in the kombucha.
To add a bubbly effervescence to your kombucha, you just have to follow these simple steps:
- Sample your Kombucha. When you like how it tastes, move to step 2.
- Transfer your kombucha into a resealable glass bottle. We suggest using the Swing Top Bottles. If your vessel doesn’t have a spigot, use a funnel to prevent spills and wasted kombucha.
- Leave about 1 inch of headspace while you fill bottles.
- Allow the kombucha to carbonate at room temperature for 1-4 days. Give the kombucha more time if you prefer a higher carbonation level. Occasionally sample your kombucha to get the right carbonation level. Once you reach your ideal carbonation level, move to step 5.
- Put Bottles in the refrigerator when prefered carbonation is reached. This will stop your kombucha from carbonating further.
- The Most Important Step - Enjoy
Something to consider while bottling, is how sweet your kombucha is. The sweeter the kombucha, the more sugar is available for the yeast to convert to CO2 (carbonation). This means that the kombucha will carbonate more quickly, and have a greater potential to over carbonate. So, check your carbonation level more frequently if you start with a sweet kombucha.
Read our kombucha flavoring article if you’d like flavor your kombucha before bottling.