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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 relatively unknown, the process has remained unchanged. 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.

Kombucha can be made from a variety of different tea blends and can be flavored with fruit, herbs, and spices. It can even be carbonated to create a bubbly effervescent beverage. The best part is, you can brew kombucha at home very easily.

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

Kombucha 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

Kombucha 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

  1. Brew tea on your stovetop, mix in sugar, allow to cool to room temperature
  2. Add cooled sweet tea to Fermenting Vessel
  3. Add SCOBY to 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 prefered taste, feel free to enjoy it. Or if you want carbonated kombucha add to bottles for a few days, then place bottles in the refrigerator. 


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