In about 2 weeks I’ll be posting a kombucha tutorial!
Since there are a few odd supplies that you will need I wanted to give you a heads up so that you can get everything together in time!
EVERY THING YOU NEED TO BREW AND BOTTLE KOMBUCHA
- kombucha starter culture – also called mushroom, scoby, or “mother fungus” – anyone who brews kombucha will most likely have an extra one. If not you can ask at your health food store, farmer’s market, etc. Or you can order one here.
- 1/2 C. plain kombucha – your fresh starter should come floating in enough brewed kombucha, but if not you will need to buy some
- kombucha bottles – just about any 10-20 oz glass jar with a plastic or metal air-tight lid will work. You will need about 6 of them for every 1 gallon you brew. I have found that the cheapest way is to buy kombucha from the store and reuse those bottles. This gives me fun ideas for new flavors plus the benefit of the bottle. You can also order new unused bottles here.
- 1 – 1.5 Gallon wide-mouth glass jar – this is your brew jar. The mouth must be wide enough to allow for sufficient air to reach the kombucha, and it must be glass. Here is a good one. (ceramic or porcelain would work fine, but definitely not metal or plastic)
- 1 – 1.5 Gallons purified water – R.O., berkey or aquasana filtered water – you don’t want microbes, fluoride, chlorine, etc. in your kombucha!
- 4-5 bags of plain organic tea – black, green, white, darjeling, or oolong (I use black or a mix of black and green)
- 1+ C. organic cane sugar – only organic cane – most other sugars are made with GMO sugar beets
- flavoring (optional) – I use organic strawberries, but you can experiment and use just about any fruit, berry, herb, green food, ginger, etc.
- med-large stainless steel pot – big enough to to boil about 1/2 gallon of water
- cheese cloth, muslin, or thin cotton fabric – this is to cover the top of the brew jar, I use scraps from an old t-shirt
- rubber band
- wooden spoon
- 1 C. measuring cup
- 1 tsp. measuring spoon
- white vinegar – to sterilize your brew jar and bottles
- small glass bowl
Once you have all of your supplies, the only thing you will need to continue to purchase is the tea, sugar, and flavorings. So it works out to about 10-40 cents per bottle, as opposed to $3.50+ at the store. Which means that you can drink it every day for a month for the price of one or two commercially produced bottles.
Plus, I have found that my home made kombucha tastes way better than anything in the stores.
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