Putzel Kitchen

kombucha

If you love drinking kombucha, but hate paying to buy it…brew it at home.  It’s easy as making a pot of tea.

Kombucha

Kombucha is a fermented black & green tea. Due to the fermentation, it is rich and probiotics aiding in healthy gut bacteria. If you can brew tea, then you can certainly make your own kombucha at home. Since the mother scoby has a "baby" with every brew, you can get a scoby from a friend or purchase one on-line.
Prep Time
15 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Additional Time
6 hours
Total Time
6 hours 20 minutes

Ingredients

Yield: 1/2 gallon
  • 1 Scoby in 1 Cup Raw Kombucha
  • 3 Green Tea bags
  • 3 Black Tea bags
  • 1/2 Gallon Filtered Water
  • 1/2 Cup Sugar
  • 1/2 Gallon Glass Mason Jar (safe for boiling water)
  • Cheesecloth & String or Rubber Band to secure
  • Tart Unsweetened Cherry Juice

Instructions

Step 1

Brew black and green tea in mason jar and add boiling water. Let steep for 5 minutes. Remove tea bags. Add 1/2 C sugar and stir to dissolve.




Step 2

Allow tea to cool to room temperature.

TEA CAN NOT FERMENT IN METAL OR PLASTIC.




Step 3

Add Scoby & 1 C raw kombucha from previous batch (may need to pour out excess brewed tea prior to adding scoby & kombucha to make room).




Step 4

Cover with cheesecloth and tie with kitchen string or secure with a rubber band. Let it rest on counter away from direct sunlight for 1 - 2 weeks. Test with a straw after 5 days for desired flavor and carbonation. The more vinegar tasting, the more probiotics have grown in tea.




Step 5

Bottling: remove scobys and set aside in 1 cup of kombucha in a glass bowl or jar without lid. 




Step 6

Pour kombucha through a small fine mesh strainer into a large glass bottle. Seal and let sit at room temperature for at least 24 hours to encourage carbonation. 




Step 7

Refrigerate after 1 -2 days of carbonation step. Once refrigerated carbonation stops developing.


Step 8

To drink, combine 3/4 kombucha and 1/4 tart cherry juice. ENJOY!

Notes

All glass jars must be clean (sterilize in hot dishwasher) prior to using in order to prevent bad bacteria from growing in brew.

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