Monday, February 27, 2012

Kombucha Home Brew

Kombucha Home Brew

Needed before starting:
A Lead free crock or glass container (capacity 1.5 gallons or 6 quarts - plus 3 C and room for a scobby).
A Scobby
3 cups of starter (which is kombucha).
Filtered water
Organic cane sugar
Organic black tea
You will want large quantities of the last three items to maintain the continual brew of Kombucha!
Note: Nourishing Traditions cook book states "White sugar, rather than honey or Rapadura, and black tea, rather than flavored teas, give the highest amounts of glucuronic acid. Non-organic tea is high in flouride so always use organic tea.

Start by bringing 4 quarts of filtered water to a boil. 
Add 2 Cups organic cane sugar. Stir for several minutes. This lowers the temperature of the boiling water for the best effect when tea bags are added, as well disolves the sugar.
Add 8 organic black tea bags. Place lid on pot and steep for an hour or more (I have completely forgotten about mine and steeped for 4 hours).  

After removing the tea bags, replace lid. Let cool to room temperature. The friend I got my scobby from lets hers sit all night to bring to room temp. I have found I need to do the same. When completely cool make sure your spiggot is in the off position =).

 Then add tea to crock. Listen to the voice of experience, it's no fun to have tea on the floor, not to mention the waste.

Now pour in 1 to 3 Cups of starter. I have found using a larger amount of starter decreases brewing time. I use 3 Cups. 

Place scobby on top.

The dark looking areas on the scobby are thin areas where the tea color is showing through.  (The scobby should not have black spots on it. If it does it could be contaminated. I have not had to deal with this, thankfully, but from what I have read you should throw it away and get another if that happens.)

Place a cloth over the top and WAIT.  My last batch took 8 days. I had shared a scobby and kept the baby which was on the thin side. The two batches before that took 7 days each. So WAIT.  Wait and taste.
You want the batch to have lost all taste of the sweet tea. It will have a zip to it, a vinegarish flavor and be effervesent. I found refrigerating a small amount before determining the taste helps me make a better decision. When the taste is right bottle and refrigerate.  I write the date on my bottles. 

"A word of caution: Some individuals may have an allergic reaction to kombucha. If you have allergies, start with a small taste to observe any adverse effects."
 pg. 596, Nourishing Tradition Cookbook ~Sally Fallon


Morgan said...

This is so exciting! I just tried my first kombucha last week and i purchased this one: This is great that you can make it home. The one i tried had chia seeds in it which gave it almost a chewy texture tuat was delicious.

Beth said...

My sister Terry asked me if this is supposed to be a high caffine/ sugar power drink, like soda. I thought I better clarify.

It is NOT. It is supposed to be packed with active enzymes, probiotics, amino acids,and antioxidants to keep us full of vim and vinegar ;)

You can get this in the health/organic section of a grocery store and pay $4 for 16 oz. I make it for about $0.75 for 16 oz. Here is the nutrition facts from a bottle label I read
srv size 8 oz.
srv per container 2
calories 35
fat 0
cholesterol 0
sodium 10 mg
carb 8g
sugars 4g
protein 0g
folic acid 25%
vit. b2 20%
vit. b6 20 %
vit. b1 20 %
vit b3 20 %
vit b 20 %

probiotic conent:
lactobacillus bacteruim: 1 billion organisms
S. Boulardii: 1 billion organisms

Amino Acids and organic Acids:
L-Theanine 100 mg
Glucuronic Acid 10 mg
L(+) Lactic Acid 25 mg
Usnic Acid 30 mg

I had began to have hot flashes that woke me up in the middle of the night (and I am way too young for that). I was eating too much sugar which I know is a trigger, but when I started drinking 6 oz of Kombucha before bed - no more hot flashes!!

Beth said...

btw, Morgan, mine is not flavored at all, so I am imagining it tastes quite different from the ones you have tried. The taste is almost like a beer flavor with a vinegar undertone. alcohol content - less than 0.5% though

Beth said...

If Morgan's link doesn't work, try this one:

Tonya said...

very cool..must figure out what scobby is and i have heard of K tea...i love the nourishing traditions cookbook..I try to sprout and soak when I can.

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