Why You Need to Be Homebrewing Your Own Kombucha Tea

Are you a health conscious individual who loves having fun in the kitchen?

If so, I'm glad you are here.

There are so many individuals out there who are looking for that one tasty drink or beverage to solve all of their problems.

Weight loss, detoxification, immunity, the list goes on and on.

Something isn't right with what you are doing in the kitchen and I will make a guess you want the best for yourself.

Introducing kombucha tea, a healthy alternative to soda. Kombucha tea is 100% organic and can be brewed at home.

Read on to learn more about what is kombucha tea, the benefits of drinking kombucha tea, the cost effectiveness of homebrewing kombucha tea, and how to brew kombucha tea.

What is kombucha tea?

Kombucha tea is very popular these days, and has actually been popular for thousands of years!

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.

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 tea 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.

What are the benefits of drinking kombucha tea?

Something that you may not know, kombucha tea is a healthy alternative to soda, and has many vitamins and nutrients!

There are many benefits of drinking kombucha tea.

While Kombucha is known as the “Immortal Health Elixir” by the Chinese, and some people say there are hundreds of benefits, I've listed 7 main benefits of drinking kombucha tea to focus on.

  • Detoxification
  • Stimulation of Your Immune System
  • Helps Stomach Health
  • Regulation of Blood pH Levels
  • Cell Repair and Health
  • Allergy Suppressant
  • Improved Metabolic Functions

You and I naturally have very strong immune systems. Every 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, and helps brings the body back into balance. Kombucha tea provides a small boost of certain key acids and enzymes that the body naturally lacks.

In addition to the vitamins and minerals, kombucha tea is full of probiotics. Our stomachs need probiotics to help digest food and are essential for healthy living.

Most people experience great benefits drinking kombucha and have no adverse side effects, but there are some people who have some issues after drinking kombucha tea.

Precautions of Drinking Kombucha Tea

Unfortunately, not everyone experiences the great benefits of drinking kombucha tea.

A small percentage of people experience bloating, nausea, infections and allergic reactions when drinking kombucha tea.

Since kombucha tea is an acidic drink, it’s possible that this can cause problems for people with digestive problems like stomach ulcers, heartburn or sensitivity to very acidic foods.

The effects of kombucha tea will vary from person to person, so it's important to be aware of this before going head on into being a kombucha savant! :)

Why You Should Brew Kombucha Tea at Home

So at this point, you are probably wondering to yourself, how can I drink this amazing probiotic beverage with many benefits?

There are 2 ways you can get some delicious kombucha tea in your hands:

  1. Buying it at the store
  2. Brewing it at home

After sipping on my first kombucha tea, I was hooked.

I started out buying kombucha tea in 16 oz. bottles from the local grocery store.

$4 here, $4 there.

No big deal, right?

At the end of that first month, I must have spent over $100 on kombucha tea.

$100?? Well, 25 times $4 is about $100... I was drinking it every day

I was feeling amazing, but with all of my other financial obligations (loans, other food, fun, etc.), I wanted a more cost effective way to drink my booch.

So you can buy a 16 oz. bottle at the local grocery store for a few bucks (typically around $4 - at least in my area), and this is fine if you just want to drink kombucha tea a few times a month.

What I found though, is that after sourcing my own ingredients, SCOBY, and equipment, I was spending a lot less (around $50 a month), and still able to keep up my booch habit.

While I was intimidated at first brewing kombucha tea, I found that it was a pretty straightforward process, and I definitely won't be going back to getting my kombucha at the stores!

How to Brew Kombucha Tea

Can you follow a few simple steps?

I bet and know you can :)

Brewing kombucha tea is not too difficult.

Below is all you need to brew your own kombucha tea:

Recipe for making kombucha tea

Necessary Equipment

There's some equipment that you need to have to make 1 gallon of kombucha tea:

Equipment
  • 1 Gallon Food Grade Container
  • Raw Muslin Cloth
  • Rubber Bands
  • String
Also Required
  • Clean quality water, filtered for the best results
  • Pot that can boil 1 gallon of water
  • Stirring Spoon
  • A dark and room temperature place to ferment
Ingredients
  • A Healthy SCOBY – Symbotic Culture of Bacteria and Yeast
  • 1 Cup of Organic Turbinado Sugar
  • Loose Leaf Green, Black or White Tea
  • Post Fermentation Flavoring (fruit or herbs)
Before Starting

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 your muslin cloth into two square pieces. One will be used to let the jar breathe, and the other bit of cloth will be used to seep the tea.
  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 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 1 quart tea 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 DIY Kombucha Kit 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 flavoring, it's 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.
  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.

Does this make sense? Brewing kombucha is pretty easy, right? Really, that should take you about 1-2 hours over a 2 week span.

What can I flavor my kombucha tea with?

Flavoring kombucha tea is fun, and there are countless combinations for your booch creation.

My personal flavor is ginger hibiscus, but I've made a number of other creations which include:

  • strawberry basil
  • blueberry lemon
  • lavender mint
  • cherry vanilla
  • rosemary peach

By using different fruits and herbs, and pairing with different teas, you can come up with many tasty kombucha flavors which you can enjoy and love!

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