One of the greatest steps (and easiest, too!) I have taken to “health-proof” my home (who wouldn’t want to do that?!) has been to make Kombucha at home for myself and my family using this simple kombucha recipe!
Besides the fact that Kombucha is AMAZING for gut health, I also love that, using this simple Kombucha recipe, Kombucha takes very little time to make and once you get your brew going, it will only require common ingredients that you can easily pick up at your local grocery store (or if you’re anything like me, on your weekly Amazon order.) Oh, did I mention the ingredients are cheap, too? That’s important!
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A Basic Kombucha Recipe: Everything You Need to Know
Now, before I lay out the steps you need to make your perfect home-brewed kombucha, I first want to provide you with a list of the ingredients and supplies you will need to get started.
One Gallon of Kombucha
- 1 gallon Glass jar Make sure your jar is really clean!
- 1 SCOBY (Symbiotic Colony Of Bacteria & Yeast)
- 1 gallon Sweet tea Use 1 cup of cane sugar, 8 organic black tea bags and good, filtered water.
- 1 cup Kombucha starter
- 1 Fermentation cover This can be a coffee filter, towel or cheesecloth and is placed over the top of the jar. The SCOBY is a live culture and needs to breathe.
- Prepare the sweet tea. To make one gallon of tea, use 8 organic black tea bags (I use Newman's Own Organic Black Tea) and one cup of cane sugar (I use Wholesome). Use good, filtered water instead of tap water.
- Allow the sweet tea to cool to room temperature (hot tea can kill the SCOBY). I usually make sweet tea the evening before I need it and let it cool through the night. In the morning I know it has cooled and I can then make a fresh batch of kombucha.
- Add your SCOBY to the gallon of sweet tea.
- Add 1 cup of Kombucha. You can either use kombucha from someone you know who makes kombucha, store-bought kombucha, or if you purchase a starter kit mentioned above you will receive a kombucha starter in the kit.
- Using a rubber band, cover your Kombucha with the fermentation cover to keep bugs and gnats out. We use a cheesecloth or towel because the live SCOBY has to breathe or it will die off.
- Place your Kombucha in a warm area away from direct sunlight – either on your counter or in a cupboard – a couple feet away from any other fermentation products. The ideal temperature of the area should be 75-85 degrees for optimal fermentation. The fermentation process takes between 7 and 10 days. I have personally found that 7 days is generally enough time for my kombucha to brew. You’ll know your kombucha is ready when you take a sip and it is no longer sweet like sweet tea. It should have a bit of a tangy flavor. You don’t, however, want your kombucha to brew too long. When I first started brewing kombucha, I was under the impression that the longer you brewed kombucha, the healthier it got. This is simply not true. The longer you brew kombucha, the more it turns to vinegar and the fewer probiotics it has. So, for starters, brew your kombucha for 7 to 10 days. If you find you need to make adjustments, please do!
Editor’s Note: Because there’s a good chance you don’t have all the necessary ingredients and supplies laying around at home, I highly recommend looking into one of these starter kits. They come with everything you need, including the glass jar and cover, starter kombucha and SCOBY, as well as the sugar and tea. And you’ll only have to buy it once to get started!
Kombucha can be purchased in many grocery and health food stores, so why make it at home?
Purchasing kombucha can be very expensive: most 16 oz. bottles of kombucha are at least $3, but sometimes as much as $5 per bottle. If kombucha is something you wish to consume regularly, purchasing it could become a burden on your wallet. Because you can make an entire gallon of kombucha using only 8 tea bags and 1 cup of cane sugar, making kombucha at home is very cost effective!
Plus, it takes minimal time to make kombucha! And when I say minimal time, I’m talking about the amount of time it takes to brew sweet tea: no more than 10 to 15 minutes. (Personally, I can’t make it to my local health food store to pick up a bottle of kombucha and back home in that amount of time).
Editor’s Note: When learning about kombucha, some people become concerned about the sugar content. However, the beneficial bacteria in the SCOBY consume the large majority of the sugar used; the sugar is used to “feed” the bacteria. Without it, the bacteria would (quite literally) starve and die. By the time the kombucha is fermented, there is very little (if any) sugar left in the tea. What remain are beneficial probiotics, enzymes, vitamins and other nutrients – all things necessary for good health!
Another thing to keep in mind is the importance of only using glass and/or plastic when making kombucha. You’ll want to stay away from metal, as it can be damaging to the beneficial bacteria in the SCOBY.
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Restore the beneficial bacteria (probiotics) in your gut without killing your budget; brew kombucha at home!
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