May 1, 2015

Kombucha, part 1

Do you love Kombucha?
Do you hate paying $3.50 to $4.00 per bottle for the bottles in the store?

In this post I will tell you how to get started brewing your own yummy Kombucha at home for only a few dollars per gallon! In future posts, while you wait for your first batch of Kombucha to brew, I will tell you about all the health benefits of Kombucha and why you and your family should drink it everyday. So, Stay Tuned!

Kombucha
Yields 8
Kombucha Home Brew
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 16 cups filtered water
  2. 1 cup organic evaporated cane juice (cane sugar)
  3. 7 organic tea bags
  4. 1 SCOBY
Instructions
  1. In a stainless steel pot, bring 16 cups filtered water to boil.
  2. Turn off burner, add 7 organic black or green tea bags.
  3. Let brew for 10 minutes.
  4. Remove tea bags.
  5. Add 1 cup organic cane juice and stir to dissolve.
  6. Cover tea and let cool to room temperature.
  7. Pour cooled tea mixture into 1-2 gallon brewing jar.
  8. Gently place SCOBY on top of tea.
  9. Cover jar with thin kitchen towel and secure with elastic band.
  10. Let "brew" for 7-21 days.
  11. Decant and enjoy or do second ferment for "fizzy" Kombucha.
Directions for 2nd Ferment
  1. In 16 oz canning jars
  2. Add 1 oz of organic fruit juice OR fresh organic fruit
  3. Fill remainder of jar with finished Kombucha
  4. Seal jars and let sit at room temperature for 2-3 additional days.
  5. Refrigerate after 2-3 days to stop fermentation. (CAUTION: jars have been known to explode if they sit too long at room temp during second fermentation so please be sure to refrigerate.)
Notes
  1. 1 Gallon makes 8, 16 oz servings.
  2. Use filtered water, such as reverse osmosis water since the SCOBY does not like chlorine or fluoride.
  3. A sugar source is essential to "feed" your SCOBY. Do not use honey since honey is naturally antibacterial and will harm the balance of your SCOBY. If you are concerned about the sugar content, consider your brew time. Brew time varies from 7-21 days, the longer the brew, the less sugar will be left in your brew. Just know the longer you brew the more tart or vinegary your brew will be.
  4. You can do single brews each time, but I prefer to do a continuous brew in a decanting glass jar with a spout, see link in the shopping list below. With a continuous brew there is less chance of contaminating your SCOBY since you rarely have to handle it.
  5. My favorite flavor addition for the 2nd brew is to add about 10 organic raisins, a few drops of organic vanilla, and a few drops of organic almond extract to each 16 oz jar. Tastes a lot like Dr. Pepper!
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Here you can see my jar with the thin towel over the top, so the SCOBY can breathe, but no bugs or other bacteria can get in the jar.
Make SURE you use a GLASS jar. SCOBY’s do not like plastic or metal.
We drink a lot of Kombucha since we are a family of 5 so I make 2 gallons at a time. Just double the recipe if you would like to make a double batch too. 🙂
Chelle Kombucha

And in this picture you can see how I secured the heater. Kombucha brews best for about 8 days at about 80 degrees fahrenheit. If you live in the south…you may not need the heater, but up here in Minnesota…I need to heat my brew.
Kombucha with heater

Shopping List:
Organic Green Tea
Organic Black Tea
Organic Evaporated Cane Sugar
SCOBY
Organic Raisins
Organic Vanilla
Organic Almond Extract
Stainless Steel Pot
1 Gallon Kombucha Brewing Jar
2-2.5 Gallon Continuous Kombucha Brewing Jar
Brewing Thermometer
Brewing Heater
Bungie Cords

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Thanks for your visit, and here's to your health,
Disclaimer: The information on this blog is NOT intended to take the place of diagnosis and treatment by a qualified licensed healthcare provider. This blog and the posts contained within are not intended to diagnose or treat any health issues. If you suspect you may have a health issue, please contact your primary healthcare provider for diagnosis. Any recommendations are for educational purposes only and at the time of the original posting the recommendations are believed to be effective. However, since the correct use of any of the information provided herein is beyond the control of Michelle Bacon, RN, no expressed or implied guarantee as to the effectiveness of this information can be given nor liability taken.

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