Kombucha Day……….

by lydia on May 30, 2010

Today was kombucha bottling day in my home. I have been enjoying a continuous kombucha brewing process since this past fall. I started drinking kombucha last summer, and was hooked. The only problem with such a habit is the expense. At $3.50 per bottle I’d go broke in no time flat. So thankfully an old friend of mine was giving away kombucha ‘babies’, and I gladly took one. Since then I have enjoyed learning how to brew kombucha in my own home for probably the price of 2 store bought bottles, for a whole month’s worth of homemade kombucha.
Now I gotta say, the first time I had kombucha I wasn’t so sure of it. But, for some reason I craved it again after I drank it. So I decided to try it again, only a different flavor, and I was reeled in by it’s enzymatic benefits. I simply craved it! Recently, I reproduced my favorite store bought flavor which was a raspberry, lemon and ginger blend. Yum!!
I decided today I would post the process I go through to make kombucha. If you want to know the health benefits of kombucha, check out this post ! First you need a S.C.O.B.Y, which stands for symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast. Sounds appetizing ‘eh?!! After that the rest is simple. For a one gallon jar, you will need one SCOBY, 4 organic black tea bags, 1 cup of sugar, 3 quarts of water and a small amount of kombucha from a previous batch. Boil the water, add the sugar, take it off the heat, add the tea bags and let it cool completely. Once cool, place in your gallon jar, add about 1/2 cup of store bought kombucha, or kombucha from a friend’s batch, then add the SCOBY, cover with a cotton cloth and leave in a warm place for 7-10 days. Here are my jars already fermented waiting to be bottled.

In the above photo,  you can see the scoby at the top of the jar,
There are actually two, each time you brew a new scoby forms, that’s called the baby.
Here is my pot of brewed tea ready to make more kombucha, once the fermented batch is bottled up. A total of 15 quarts, to make 5 batches. Yes I love my kombucha that much!!  But, honestly, half of it is going to my dad.

Thankfully, I saved all my store bought kombucha bottles. I had a feeling one day I’d be brewing it myself.

Below are all the scoby’s removed from the brew, waiting to be put into the next batch. I won’t need all of them, so I will give some away when I can, or put the rest in my compost heap.

A little bit of a closer view. This baby is full of magic!!

 

This time around I made one batch of green tea kombucha, which was a first for me. I will be flavoring it with some summery twists. Should be yummy!!! I hope you enjoyed my little kombucha making project. Hopefully, I have convinced someone else to start brewing some!! (wink, wink!)
 

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{ 10 comments }

Patty May 30, 2010 at 11:48 pm

Wow. I could do this…I can’t believe how easy you make it sound! Wall Mart has gallon sized jars, right?

jul May 30, 2010 at 11:58 pm

Great pictures! I hope I can become addicted to kombucha in the near future, I did try to make some a long time ago and it didn't fly… The flavored ones sound really good!

lydia May 31, 2010 at 12:15 am

Yes they do!! I also put some on my amazon store that are a little cheaper, maybe you can get free shipping too!! 😉

lydia May 31, 2010 at 12:17 am

Today's flavors were; apricot, raspberry mint, lemon raspberry ginger, watermelon, and the green tea one will be watermelon mint. So far my favorite is the trio of raspberry, lemon and ginger!! Yum!!! It took me a few batches to really get the hang of it!! I am finding it's easier to brew in the warmer weather too! Much better results!

Phil May 31, 2010 at 10:54 am

Okay I'd love to get to do this some time. I bet it would do me lots of good if I could…and I'm not even that grossed by the scoby, seeing it's solid and not so mutant and manky…

kim May 4, 2011 at 10:23 pm

where would someone get the scoby? Or how can one start it?

lydia May 6, 2011 at 7:37 am

HI Kim ~ Scobies can be obtained online pretty easily, just do a google search. Or ask around you local community through your health food store that may already carry kombucha. there is also an online group that you can get a scoby for free but just have to pay shipping. Here’s one link to check out;

http://www.kombuchafuel.com/2010/07/kombucha-scoby-exchange-on-facebook_14.html

Peggy Lindstrom April 25, 2015 at 2:21 pm

Hi Lydia,

I want to start making kombucha, and have read your post about making milk kefir in an anaerobic method.

Would you make the kombucha anaerobicly or make it with the cloth on top as described above?
Thanks

lydia April 25, 2015 at 7:46 pm

Peggy – Kombucha is an aerobic ferment then it creates it’s own anaerobic environment once the scoby forms. All you need is a mold free environment to brew and a cloth over top of your vessel.

Peggy Lindstrom April 26, 2015 at 12:09 am

Thank you Lydia I appreciate you getting back to me. I will be trying Kombucha next.

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