Friday, April 26, 2013

Kombucha time!!

I have been meaning to write this post for at least a year and finally, here it is! If you know me, you know that I'm a big fan and advocate of kombucha. It's like magic tea and for me, there's just something so fun and rewarding about making my own. Not to mention it's much cheaper! So, I'm happy and proud to share this with you for your own Kombucha brewing adventure!

What you need to brew 1 gallon of kombucha tea:
4+ quart stainless steel pot
4 quart glass bowl
4 quart glass jug
Stainless steel mesh handheld strainer
Coffee filters
8 organic black tea bags
1 cup organic sugar
1 10x10 cotton cloth
1 large rubber band 
1 scoby with 1 cup kombucha tea

*All dishes, surfaces, hands, etc. should be very clean!
*Use ONLY stainless steel for brewing the tea and ONLY lead-free glass containers for harvesting!

Step one: Obtain your scoby, (AKA: Symbiotic Colony of Bacteria and Yeast, or simpler said, your mushroom or fungus..) Your scoby should come with about 1 cup of kombucha tea. If you're not planning to harvest your kombucha within a day, you should keep it refrigerated.

Step two: Brew 4 quarts of organic sweet black tea (bring water to boil, add 8 tea bags and 1 cup of organic sugar. Let boil for about a minute, or until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and let tea cool to room temperature.

*If your scoby is refrigerated, take it out and let it reach room temperature.

Step three: Once your tea and scoby are the same room temperature, add them both to your large glass bowl. Don't forget to add the 1 cup of kombucha tea! Cover with cloth, seal with rubber band and store in a dark, undisturbed cabinet. 

*I store mine in a high cabinet in my kitchen. Be sure there's still some amount of air circulation.

Step four: Let harvest undisturbed for 10-14 days. Shorter harvesting will be sweeter; longer harvesting will be more bitter. Personally, 14 days is perfect for my liking. 

*You will have to play around with the timing to see how you like it. Time of harvesting can be affected by climate. Warmer climates may need less harvesting time. Colder climates may need longer.

Step five: Set a timer or mark your calendar for your chosen "brew day" where then you will start back at step two.

*When you uncover your harvested kombucha, there will be a brand new baby scoby on top, which means you will now have a mama (bottom) and a baby (top)! I just love this part :) you can choose to brew two batches now, or you can share the komucha love. Each time you will have a new baby, so the love just keeps multiplying!

*Place a coffee filter in your handheld strainer and strain your komucha tea before drinking. 

*Remember to always include 1 cup of kombucha tea in your new batch!

*To keep scobys for later use, place in a large ziploc baggy with 1 cup of kombucha tea and refrigerate until ready to start a new harvest.

Step six: Drink only 4oz. per day for the amazing benefits of Kombucha tea! :)

Let me know if you have any questions!! 


(*Note: Kombucha tea contains caffeine and trace amounts of alcohol, so people with sensitivities should use caution. It is also a mixture of bacteria and yeast, so be aware of your own health conditions/interactions. In other words, do your own homework!)

Some of the proposed benefits of Kombucha:
*Probiotics – healthy bacteria
*Alkalize the body – balances internal pH
*Detoxify the liver – happy liver = happy mood
*Increase metabolism – rev your internal engine
*Improve digestion – keep your system moving
*Rebuild connective tissue – helps with arthritis, gout, asthma, rheumatism
*Cancer prevention
*Alleviate constipation
*Boost energy – helps with chronic fatigue
*Reduce blood pressure
*Relieve headaches & migraines
*Reduce kidney stones
*High in antioxidants – destroy free-radicals that cause cancer
*High in polyphenols
*Improve eyesight
*Heal excema – can be applied topically to soften the skin
*Prevent artheriosclerosis
*Speed healing of ulcers – kills h.pylori on contact
*Help clear up candida & yeast infections
*Aid healthy cell regeneration
*Reduce gray hair
*Lower glucose levels – prevents spiking from eating

1 comment:

  1. Oh Yay! Thanks for posting this! I love Kombucha and have been wanting to try making my own. I couldn't make your Kombucha making get together cause I was working that day, but thanks for the recipe!