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August 01, 2019

How to Make Kombucha Tea at Home

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Kombucha is a fermented tea beverage brewed since ancient times. Although the exact origins are unknown, the process has remained unchanged for centuries. A Symbiotic Culture of Bacteria and Yeast (SCOBY) ferments a sweet tea mixture to produce a refreshing, yet tart, tea beverage. Recently, Kombucha has become very popular as a healthy and refreshing beverage. Because we're all about healthy and refreshing beverages here, we felt it was our duty to assemble a Kombucha Brewing Kit to help you get started on the path to Kombucha bliss.

Kombucha can be made from a variety of different tea blends and flavored with fruits, herbs, or spices [Read More: How to Add Flavor to Kombucha]. Kombucha can be consumed "still" (without carbonation), or carbonation can be infused to make it a bubbly effervescent beverage [Read More: How to Carbonate Kombucha at Home]. The best part is, brewing kombucha at home is very easy.

Let’s look at the basic supplies and process to make a delicious kombucha at home.

Kombucha Brewing Ingredients:

  • Loose Leaf Tea - Use almost any tea to make kombucha, black tea is the most commonly used tea
  • Sugar -  Raw sugar cane is ideal, but most sugars will work
  • SCOBY - Catalyst to convert sweet tea into kombucha

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Kombucha Brewing Equipment:

  • Fermenting Vessel - Use a glass or ceramic vessel with a wide opening, and spigot if possible 
  • Brewing Kettle & Tea Ball - Use to make tea on stovetop 
  • Butter Muslin - Use to cover the opening of the fermenting vessel
  • Resealable Bottles - fill and seal bottles to add carbonation, or to carry along with you

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Basic Kombucha Making Instructions

  1. Brew tea on your stove top as called for in your teas instructions, mix in sugar, allow to cool to room temperature.
  2. Add cooled sweet tea to Kombucha Fermenter.
  3. Add SCOBY to kombucha fermenting vessel, attach butter muslin to vessel opening with rubber band
  4. Allow to tea to ferment for 7-14 days. Sample from spigot to test taste
  5. Once kombucha reaches your preferred taste profile it can be drank right away! If you want carbonated kombucha add to bottles for a few days, then place bottles in the refrigerator [Read More: How to Carbonate Kombucha at Home]

[Read More: Step by Step Kombucha Recipe]

 

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