Have you ever wondered how to make kombucha tea? Well here is a great informational video that gives a great and inexpensive way to make your own kombucha tea at home...
What is Kombucha Tea?
Kombucha tea can be seen in many supermarkets, and is usually in a pricey glass bottle. Kombucha tea is a fermented acidic beverage, made with sugar, tea, yeast, and live bacteria. It is a delicious drink and is easy for anyone to make. Instead of buying a tiny supply from a grocery store for $3.00, you could spend $1-$2 on making your own gallon of Kombucha tea!
Brent Bauer, M.D. explains that, "Although it's sometimes referred to as kombucha mushroom tea, kombucha is not a mushroom — it's a colony of bacteria and yeast. Kombucha tea is made by adding the colony to sugar and tea, and allowing the mix to ferment. The resulting liquid contains vinegar, B vitamins and a number of other chemical compounds."
Ingredients Needed for Making Kombucha Tea:
It is important to watch what you put in your Kombucha, because you are trying to ferment the tea and incorrect ingredients could mess with the Ph levels or acidity of the kombucha tea. This Recipe is used for making a quart of Kombucha Tea.
I) A Starter Kombucha Culture
II) A Glass Jar (Don't Use Plastic)
III) 1/4 Cup of Organic White Sugar (Don't Use Syrups or Artificial Sugars)
IV) Hot Water
V) 2-3 Tea Bags, Preferably Black or Green (Use Tea that Does Not Have Added Oils)
VI) Lastly, You Will Need a 1/2 Cup Kombucha Tea or Vinegar (Non-Balsamic)
Obtaining a Starter Culture
The starter culture used for Kombucha has a variety of names, but the most common name is a SCOBY. The word S.C.O.B.Y. is an acronym for Symbiotic Colony of Bacteria and Yeast. With each batch of Kombucha tea you make, you will have a new culture of SCOBY as a byproduct along with your original SCOBY. SCOBY can be used for other processes besides making Kombucha tea, you can check a few out here!
Good ways to get your own starter culture, is to ask a friend or relative that brews their own Kombucha tea or you can purchase them online dehydrated.
Making Kombucha Tea, Step by Step Instructions
Step 1) Add Sugar and Hot Water
Your going to want to start off with putting your Sugar into the glass jar, and then add the hot water. You want to have your sugar dissolve into the hot water, and then fill the jar to about 3/4 full with more hot water. Make sure to leave some room for the rest!
Step 2) Add The Tea
Once the sugar is dissolved, it is time to add in your desired tea, and let the mix steep for a while. You will want something covering the top, because little critters would love to be drinking some of your sugar tea.
Step 3) Add Started Kombucha or Vinegar
After your sugary tea has had time to steep, remove the tea bags. The next step is to add in your starter Kombucha tea from a previous batch or vinegar. A good rule of thumb is about 1/2 cup to make a quart of Kombucha.
Step 4) Add your Starter Kombucha Culture
After you have added the starting Kombucha tea or vinegar, it is time to add the Kombucha Culture to your tea and let it do its work. You will want to make sure the tea is covered after adding the culture for it is still can attract particles or bugs from the air.
Step 5) Let Your Kombucha Tea Batch Sit 5-30 days...
Based off the temperatures of where you let your Kombucha sit, you will want to let the Batch wait for different times. For colder areas, you will want to wait longer and warmer areas, you will want to not wait as long. This is due to the fact that the bacteria in your culture, thrive in warmer temperature, so if you don't want to wait as long for your Kombucha tea, leave it in a warmer place.
Overtime, you will be able to see your new culture forming at the top of your glass jar. This will only grow the longer you leave it. You want to make sure it is white maybe with some brown from the yeast byproducts, but not colors like black, green, or orange, for that can be a health concern.
Step 6) Enjoy and Innovate!
Your Kombucha Tea is now done and you may enjoy it! Now that you know how to make your own Kombucha tea, you can add your own ideas or twist, to make your own Kombucha tea recipes.
Learn more about Kombucha Tea...
to learn more about Kombucha, or to check out common Q&A's about making your own Kombucha tea check out www.culturesforhealth.com/