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My first Kombucha brew

So I finally did it, I made my first batch of kombucha and I can’t believe how easy and delicious it is. I did have to be patient though, that was the hardest part, watching and waiting for it to be ready, but when it was…WOW, totally worth it! I decided to drink my first batch plain, and rolled it over, so I have another batch on the go and maybe I’ll add some yummy flavour to this one.

It was such a simple process and fun to do. Watch my video and find out just how it went.

 


 

Here is a list of the equipment and ingredients I used:

Equipment

Large 4-5 gallon stock pot

3-4 gallon glass jar

Clean linen towel and elastic

Wooden spoon (optional)

Ingredients

8 green tea bags

1 c sugar – I used organic coconut palm sugar (stay away from sugar substitutes, remember this is to feed your SCOBY, not you)

1 mother SCOBY (symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast) – I bought mine from Goodness Me, but you can find them in other health food stores. You can also make your own, check out this website http://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-make-your-own-kombucha-scoby-cooking-lessons-from-the-kitchn-202596

3 gallons (about 4 L) of filtered water

2 c Starter tea (may come with your store bought scoby) or 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar

6 500 ml bottles with swing top or plastic lids – metal and kombucha don’t really mix well

funnel

Directions:

Boil the water, remove from heat

Add the tea bags and sugar, allow to cool (takes a few hours, or place in an ice bath to shorten time)

Place in clean glass jar, add the start tea or apple cider vinegar

Cover the top with the linen towel and elastic – make sure not to get this wet or allow to drop in, as fruit flies may develop while it ferments

Place in a safe place, that is consistently warm, (70º approximately, the warmer it is the faster the fermentation process will be) dark and free from disruption or vibration

Let sit for 5 – 7 days (depending on the temperature) – you can remove the cloth and have a taste about day 4 to check the flavour, and see how it is coming. Decide when it is at the right flavour for you

When it is at your desired flavour, remove the scoby and start your next batch, or save in some of the kombucha to use again soon

Place your kombucha in the bottles, leaving about an inch of room at the top, using the funnel, this is where you can add any flavour that you may like

Now to carbonate – place bottled kombucha in a warm dark place again for another 1-3 days until it reaches your desired carbonation level

Refrigerate when you want carbonation to stop, and consume within a month

 

Here is the great source where I learned how to make “My first Kombucha brew”

http://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-make-kombucha-tea-at-home-cooking-lessons-from-the-kitchn-173858

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