After developing a mild kombucha addiction, I decided I wanted to learn how to make it myself. It is actually significantly easier than I thought it would be. Plus…fermented foods are some of the best foods for you.
It took me a few batches to get everything to taste as I wanted, but now, I’ve got things more or less figured out and ready to share the recipe and process!
• Black tea, green tea or oolong tea (you’ll need 8 tea bags)
• Scoby (I got this one from Amazon)
• Juice (I get this much cheaper at Whole Foods. Honestly, you can use any juice you want. My main objective is to find a juice that is 100% fruit juice, not concentrate and with no added sugar.)
• 2 cups of starter tea or distilled white vinegar
• 1 cup organic white sugar
• 1 gallon fermentation glass jar (not plastic!)
• Glass jars (I purchased swingtop glass bottles, but I also sometimes use recycled bottles from kombucha I’ve purchased from the store. As long as the bottle is glass and air-tight, it will be fine.)
• 2 -3 coffee filters
• 2 -3 rubber bands
1. Heat 13-14 cups of water on the stove (doesn’t need to be boiling, just really hot).
2. Pour the hot water in the glass jar, then add the sugar:
At this point, I like to cover the glass jar with either a pot lid or coffee filters to prevent fruit flies from coming out of the woodworks. (:
6. Remove the tea bags and add either the starter tea from a previous batch, or distilled white vinegar if this is your first batch.
7. Add the active scoby culture!
8. Cover the glass jar with coffee filters or a tight-weave towel. I use 2-3 coffee filters and 2-3 rubber bands!
10. Once your kombucha is at a desired taste, it’s time to bottle it up!
Make sure to hang onto 2 cups of tea as well as the scoby to start your next batch. I usually start with pouring these two things into a glass bowl, then I begin bottling.
11. Flavoring! You can drink the kombucha plain or flavored. I’ve tried both options and ended up liking the juice better. The key with juice is to make sure it doesn’t have a bunch of added sugar. I found this brand at Whole Foods and have really like it both because of taste and ingredients:
Bottle, refrigerate, enjoy and repeat!