What is Kombucha, How Can I Make Kombucha Tea, and HOWLinfuse FAQ's

You may have heard of the new drink sweeping the nation: Kombucha tea. For people who haven’t heard of Kombucha tea, this post will help you understand what Kombucha is, how you make Kombucha tea, and what nutrients and vitamins are in Kombucha tea.

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What is Kombucha and Kombucha tea?

Kombucha, or a Kombucha mushroom, is a symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast (SCOBY).

Kombucha tea is a lightly fermented fizzy, low-sugar drink full of probiotics, flavor, and history.

Kombucha tea is an ancient longevity elixir consumed for thousands of years by people all over the planet.

Kombucha tea can be homebrewed and isn’t too hard to make.

Kombucha is known as the “Immortal Health Elixir” by the Chinese. The drink has deep roots originating in the Far East two millennia ago and turns sweet tea into a tangy and sour, fizzy low-sugar probiotic drink. The SCOBY is a fermenting colony of bacteria and yeast and is responsible for initiating the fermentation process once combined with sugar. After fermentation, kombucha becomes carbonated and contains vinegar, b-vitamins, enzymes, probiotics and a high concentration of acid (acetic, gluconic and lactic), which are tied to several acclaimed positive effects including improved digestion and energy, detoxing, and more. Individuals open towards mindfulness associate with this drink and it's culture.

How do you make Kombucha tea?

Kombucha tea is fairly straightforward to make.

First, you need to gather the ingredients and supplies:

Necessary Equipment

There's some equipment that you need to have to make kombucha tea:

Equipment
  • 1 Gallon Food Grade Container
  • 3’ Siphon Tubing
  • Raw Muslin Cloth
  • Rubber Bands
  • String
Also Required
  • Clean quality water, filtered or bottled for the best results
  • Pot that can boil 1 quart of water
  • Stirring Spoon
  • Scissors
  • A dark and room temperature place to ferment
Ingredients
  • SCOBY – Symbotic Culture of Bacteria and Yeast
  • Organic Turbinado Raw Sugar
  • Organic Loose Leaf Tea
  • Organic Dried Fruit
  • Organic Post Fermenting Flavoring
  • Organic Turbinado Sugar Packets
Before Starting

Your fermenting container will come with a lid – you do not need to use this during fermentation but only when you flavor the Kombucha.

Clean all of the equipment with hot water and mild detergent. Rinse the equipment well.

Instructions to make Kombucha tea

First Fermentation Instructions

  1. Cut the long muslin cloth into three square pieces. One will be used to let the jar breathe, and the two other bits of cloth will be used to seep the tea and hold the flavoring later.
  2. Depending on your preference of the strength of flavor of your tea, you may set aside up to 1 tbsp. of tea in the container for the future. Put the rest of the pre-measured tea in the muslin cloth and secure the tea bag with string. You may use your own tea infuser instead.
  3. Add one quart of water to your cooking pot and bring to a boil. When a boil is reached, turn off the burner.
  4. Place your tea infuser in the water and allow steeping for 5-10 minutes. Once ready, remove the tea infuser and discard the tea leaves.
  5. Add the pre-measured Turbinado Sugar to the pot and stir until completely dissolved.
  6. Let your sweet tea cool. Cover your pot.
  7. As your tea is cooling, fill half of your glass gallon container with room temperature water.
  8. Once the sweet tea has cooled to room temperature, pour the entire mix into the gallon container.
  9. Pour in additional clean water until the water level reaches the neck of the gallon container (where it starts to curve). Leave 1 to 2 inches of room.
  10. Get your SCOBY, and pour the liquid and the SCOBY into the gallon container. Try and float the SCOBY on the top of the brew. It is ok if it sinks.
  11. Wrap one of the muslin cloth squares around the top of the gallon container and secure it with a rubber band. This prevents anything from entering the container while allowing the aerobic fermentation to breathe oxygen.
  12. Place the fermenting jar in a room temperature location (72° - 80° F) away from direct sunlight. Avoid shaking or disturb the gallon container. Allow it to ferment for 7 to 14 days.
Fermenting
  1. As the SCOBY ferments, you may see the SCOBY grow to cover the surface of the tea and to look goopy. This is normal and indicates healthy growth of the culture. If there is any mold, consult the internet. This is usually due to improper equipment cleaning.
  2. After 7 days, sample your kombucha. If the kombucha is too sweet, then allow it to ferment for another day or two. The flavor should have a tangy tartness to it before you add the fruit and the other flavoring. You can drink the Kombucha if you do not wish to flavor it (or if you accidently ate all of the fruit).
Bottling, Flavoring, and Storing
  1. If you would like to ferment again (with or without HOWLinfuse ingredients), set aside 2 to 4 cups of the newly produced kombucha tea and your SCOBY for future batches in a new clean container. Store your SCOBY in an airtight container in the refrigerator if you would like to store it until next month.
  2. Try the fruit; its good, right? You may add the rest of the fruit in the jar. Create a pouch using the muslin cloth for the flavoring and secure with string in the gallon container for 48 hours at room temperature. Seal the container with the fermentation jar’s lid and store away from direct sunlight.
    • For the cherry vanilla recipe, simply slice the vanilla bean in half length-wise (using a sharp knife) and scrape out the pulp. Then put the pulp into the muslin cloth with the dried cherries.
  3. After 48 hours, siphon your kombucha into any airtight bottle or to pitcher for you to store in the refrigerator. Avoid bringing over the fruit and flavoring from your fermenting gallon container. If you are storing in a closed glass vessel such as a Mason jar or flip-top container, you may add the packets of sugar for added carbonation.
  4. When stored properly in the refrigerator, you should enjoy within 6 months.

To download these instructions, click here.

Does Drinking Kombucha Tea Bring Health Benefits?

Many people believe drinking Kombucha tea brings health benefits. The truth is no, kombucha tea is not a magic elixir. There have been many cases of people who have sworn Kombucha tea has helped with the following health issues:

  • Acne
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Cancer treatment
  • Constipation
  • Diabetes
  • Fatigue
  • GI disorders
  • Headaches
  • Health maintenance
  • Hemorrhoids
  • HIV and AIDS
  • Hypertension
  • Immunostimulation
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Stress

There have been no clinical trials to back up these claims.

Humans naturally have a very strong immune system. Throughout each day, we come into contact with many toxins. These toxins restrict the body’s ability to function appropriately.

Kombucha Tea is viewed as a healthy drink because it is packed with vitamins, antioxidants, and nutrients. Kombucha Tea is that it helps brings the body back into balance. Kombucha Tea provides a small boost of certain key acids and enzymes that the body naturally lacks. These key acids and enzymes are essential for healthy living and the body needs them to function properly. With these nutrients, enzymes, and acids helping, the body is able to heal itself naturally and get on to bigger and better things!

What is in Kombucha?

The exact composition of Kombucha ferments vary. However, there are certain elements present in every proper brew, such as specific healthful acids, vitamins, and enzymes:

  • Vitamin C
    • Vitamin C is a fantastic detoxifier and immunity booster.
  • Acetic acid
    • Acetic Acid kills harmful bacteria and gives Kombucha its signature sweet/sour punch.
  • Lactic acid
    • Lactic acid helps prevent constipation, protects the walls of the bowels against decay, and helps regulate blood pH levels.
  • Gluconic acid
    • Gluconic acid is effective against many yeast infections.
  • Amino acids
    • Amino acids are critical to all, life as the building blocks of protein.
  • Malic acid
    • Malic Acid spurs detoxification.
  • Oxalic acid
    • Oxalic Acid gets your cells into action.
  • Usnic acid
    • Usnic Acid has selective antibiotic qualities.
  • Nucleic acids
    • Nucleic acids (such as RNA and DNA) send signals to your cells to function properly and rebuild.
  • Carbonic acid
    • Carbonic acid regulates blood pH levels.
  • Thiamin (B1)
    • Vitamin B1 stimulates the immune system.
  • Riboflavin (B2)
    • Vitamin B2 suppresses allergies.
  • Niacin (B3)
    • Vitamin B3 promotes healing skin tissue and is a natural aphrodisiac.
  • Pyridoxine (B6)
    • Vitamin B6 helps battle obesity, rheumatism, and stroke.
  • Cobalamin (B12)
    • Vitamin B12 improves memory and learning.
  • Powerful Enzymes
    • Powerful enzymes push your body’s metabolic functions to help you lose weight.

As listed above, there are many nutrients, vitamins, and beneficial acids in Kombucha Tea.

Kombucha Tea is a fizzy drink with many nutrients and vitamins. While it’s not going to cure cancer, help with colds, or help you become superhuman, it will help you improve the health of your gut and give a boost your immune system.

Where does HOWLinfuse source their ingredients from?

The HOWLinfuse Homebrewing Kombucha Kit ingredients are fragrant tea leaves and tenderly dried fruits. But that's not all - they're also Certified Transitional. That means they are made with ingredients from farms in the process of transitioning to organic - no easy task. In fact, less than 1% of farmland in the U.S. is certitified organic.

As a company, HOWLinfuse is working one step at a time to help create a healthier, more just and sustainable food system. We are on a journey to do business in a different way. Each day, we strive to reduce our environmental footprint and improve in everything we do, from where we source to the final kombucha kit. We have in place responsible sourcing practices to ensure that we are supplied with only ingredients that are organic and Certified Transitional.

HOWLinfuse sources high quality organic ingredients from Midwest Suppliers. Some of our partners include:

North Bay Trading Co.

Supplied from Wisconsin

Frontier Co-op

Supplied from Iowa

Mate Revolution Inc.

Supply from Oregon

Monterey Bay Spice Company

Supplied from California

Cumberland Packaging Corp.

Supplied from New York

Mountain Rose Herbs

Supplied from Oregon

Sourcing from local farmers and suppliers is ethical and the right thing to do. Most of the farmers in the process of transitioning to organic. In fact, less than 1% of farmland in the U.S. is certified organic. Every time you enjoy a product with the Certified Transitional seal, you're not only supporting farmers in transition, you're also helping to increase that 1%.

When do we ship?

At the end of each month, we gather up our organic ingredients and eco-friendly equipment, and send out our subscription kits. Order by the 25th each month to get kit!

What's HOWLinfuse Kombucha's story?

To read about HOWLinfuse Kombucha's story, go to the About Us page.

What's the refund policy? What happens if some of the equipment is faulty or breaks?

Refunds can be handled in your Cratejoy Account. If you have any dissatisfaction, please reach out to us at howlinfusekombucha@gmail.com

If any of the equipment is faulty, breaks, or is lacking in quality, we will replace it no questions asked. If you SCOBY is not healthy, we can replace that as well. Reach out to us at howlinfusekombucha@gmail.com with any questions or concerns.