Today we are going to talk about what is kombucha, what is SCOBY and how you can enjoy Kombucha every day!
When you buy it at the store, each bottle can be anywhere between $3-5, they typically have not fermented as long so they have less health benefits than if you are drinking homemade. SO -- why not make it at home? Making your own can be WAY less expensive, but you must do it right.
Let’s start with SCOBY. What is that? In order to make kombucha, a SCOBY is needed. This is an acronym that stands for "symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast". The SCOBY appears like a rubbery, disk-shaped blob that forms and new layer and thickens with every batch. It may seem weird, but this is a good sign that the microorganisms are hard at work breaking down the sugar in the tea and releasing probiotic bacteria. This drink is one that has been reported to have originated in Asian cultures and has been around for a VERY long time.
How do you get your own SCOBY?? By getting one from a friend – or you can purchase it here.
Does it contain alcohol? Yes, the fermentation does create a small amount of alcohol, but very little. Not enough to qualify as an alcoholic beverage.
Does it have caffeine? Yes, but only about 1/3 remains in the kombucha after it brews. However, there are ways to decaffeinate the tea even more before brewing.
How much kombucha is good to drink each day? Less is MORE! 4-8oz per day.
How do you make it? There are two ways to make it you can batch brew or continuous brew. Today I’m going to talk about the continuous brew method. You need to brew in a glass or stainless steel container as others like plastic, clay, ceramic can either contaminate the bacteria. To make your first batch you will need: glass or stainless steel container, SCOBY, purified water, black, organic white or green tea, muslin tea bag if using loose leaf tea, and organic cane sugar. Find our suggestions here.
1. Boil 8 cups of water add your tea bags and steep for 5-15 min.
2. Remove the tea bags and add in one cup of organic cane sugar per gallon and stir it in.
3. Add 1 gallon of cold water then add in your SCOBY and starter liquid and cover it with a cloth not a lid because it needs to breathe.
4. Let it ferment it for 10-28 days.
5. After it ferments taste it. It shouldn’t taste like sweet tea, but it also shouldn’t taste like vinegar.
6. When it's ready put your kombucha into bottles individual glass bottles. When we add kombucha to the bottle we add slices of fruit we also like to add Ginger and Lime Essential Oils. You can play with the flavors to find what you like.
7. Put a lid on the bottle, and then we like to do a second fermentation and let it sit 1-4 days.
8. After the second fermentation is complete you keep the jars in the refrigerator and enjoy.
If you are interested in more information about the Batch Brew Method you can find more info in the graphic below.
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