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
Basic Kombucha Making Instructions
- Brew tea on your stove top as called for in your teas instructions, mix in sugar, allow to cool to room temperature.
- Add cooled sweet tea to Kombucha Fermenter.
- Add SCOBY to kombucha fermenting vessel, attach butter muslin to vessel opening with rubber band
- Allow to tea to ferment for 7-14 days. Sample from spigot to test taste
- 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]