Now you know what kombucha is, how do you make it?
If you aren’t lucky enough to inherit a scoby from a friend, you can make your own with a few simple ingredients. (Scoby is the mother who turns the sweet tea into kombucha).
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Large 1 or 2 gallon glass jar, preferably with a spigot because it is easier to use. (I bought mine at Tuesday Morning for $20)
- Paper towels or cheese cloth
- 2 bottles regular kombucha
- black or green tea
- sugar, organic or white
- Brew enough black or green tea to fill up half of your jar. For example, if you have a 2 gallon jar, brew 1 gallon of tea.
- For each gallon of tea, use 5-6 tea bags and dissolve in 2 cups of sugar.
- Let tea cool completely before pouring into your glass jar.
- Add the bottles or pre-made kombucha to the jar.
- Put a paper towel or cheesecloth on the top of the glass jar, and attach with a rubber band. Your kombucha scoby needs to breathe while growing.
- Place the jar in a dark, warm place to let the scoby grow. Do not disturb.
- It will take approximately 3-4 weeks for the scoby to grow. Once it is 1/4 inch thick, it is ready to brew!
- The kombucha you have in the jar now is probably too strong and vinegary to drink, so pour half of it out before starting the brew. (Stay tuned for part III on how to brew your kombucha).
- Do Not use metal jars or metal utensils when brewing kombucha.
- White sugar or raw turbinado are both fine to use. Do not use honey because it has extra bacteria in it that can affect the kombucha. Do not use stevia or xylitol because the kombucha needs real sugar to eat.
- Use green or black tea when making the scoby. Do not use decaffeinated teas because it needs the caffeine for food.
- Keep kombucha in a dark, warm place when brewing for an optimum brew. Preferably 70*-80* F.
- It is okay if the scoby sinks sometimes. Within a couple days, it will usually come back to the top.
- The brown stringy things are perfectly normal, and are a part of the scoby.
- If your kombucha develops mold (which will be black or green), throw it out immediately.
- Kombucha scoby mothers usually reproduce babies about every week or so. If you see a film developing on the top of the jar, that is the new baby.
This is what the top of a healthy kombucha scoby looks like.
Thought-provoking, mind-prodding question of the day:
Have you ever made your own scoby before? If not, what is stopping you?
P.S. Sign up for the June Sugar-Free Challenge!