Kombucha tea is extremely healthy for you all year around. Here is a great informational video that teaches you how to prepare it in an inexpensive way. But, before you click the link to watch the video, read these interesting facts about it.
What is kombucha tea?
Kombucha tea is a fermented acidic beverage, made with sugar, tea, yeast, and live bacteria. It is a delicious drink and is “a piece of cake” for anyone to make. Instead of buying a tiny supply from a grocery store for your $3.00, you could spend $1-$2 on making your own GALLON of kombucha tea!
The medical doctor Brent Bauer explains that, “Although it’s sometimes referred to as kombucha mushroom tea, kombucha is not a mushroom — it’s a colony of bacteria and yeast. Kombucha tea is made by adding the colony to sugar and tea, and allowing the mix to ferment. The resulting liquid contains vinegar, B vitamins and a number of other chemical compounds.”
It is important to closely watch what you put in your kombucha tea because you are trying to ferment the tea and incorrect ingredients could interfere with the Ph levels or acidity of the tea. This recipe is used for making a quart (which is 1.14 liters in the UK and 0.94 of a liter in the US) of kombucha tea.
Ingredients needed for making kombucha tea:
- ¼ cup a starter kombucha culture
- a glass jar (do not use plastic)
- ¼ cup of organic white sugar (do not use syrups or artificial sugars)
- hot water
- 2-3 tea bags, preferably black or green tea (use only tea that does not have added oils!)
- half a cup kombucha tea or vinegar (non-balsamic)
How to obtain a starter culture
The starter culture used for making kombucha tea has a number of names, but the most common name is SCOBY. The word S.C.O.B.Y. is an acronym for Symbiotic Colony of Bacteria and Yeast. With each batch of kombucha tea you make, you will have a new culture of SCOBY as a byproduct along with your original SCOBY. This extra SCOBY can be used for other purposes besides making kombucha tea.
Another good way to get your own starter culture is to purchase a dehydrated one online.
Step by step instructions:
Step one: Add sugar and hot water
You will need to start off with putting your sugar into the glass jar, and then adding the hot water. You need to have your sugar dissolved into the hot water. Then fill the jar to about ¾ of its size with hot water. And make sure to leave some room for the rest!
Step two: Add the tea
Once the sugar is dissolved, it is time to add in your desired tea, and let the mix steep for a while. You will want something covering the top, because little critters would love to be drinking some of your sugar tea.
Step three: Add the starter kombucha tea or vinegar
After your sugary tea has had the time to steep, remove the tea bags. The next step is to add in your starter kombucha tea from a previous batch or vinegar. Use about ½ cup to make a quart of kombucha.
Step four: Add your starter kombucha culture
After you have added the starting kombucha tea or vinegar, it’s time to add the kombucha culture to your tea and leave it to do its work. Make sure that the tea is covered after adding the culture since it still can attract particles or bugs from the air.
Step five: Let your kombucha tea batch sit for 7-21 days
Based on the temperature of the place where you let your kombucha drink rest, you will need to let the batch wait for different times. For colder areas, you will need to wait longer. For warmer areas, you won’t need to wait as long. This is due to the fact that the bacteria in your culture thrive in a warmer temperature, so if you don’t want to wait as long for your kombucha tea, you should place it in a warmer place.
Overtime, you will be able to see your new culture forming at the top of the glass jar. The longer you leave it, the bigger it will get.
Pay attention: Kombucha tea should be white in color, or with some brown touches from the yeast byproducts, but it should not be black, green, or orange, because that can be a health concern!
Step six: Relish and innovate!
Your kombucha tea is now ready to drink and you may enjoy it! Now that you know how to make your own kombucha tea, you can add your own twist to create kombucha tea recipes of your own.