I started brewing kombucha a few weeks ago and I have to say, it's been amazing. I was a little nervous as fermenting has always intimidated me but the The big book of kombucha has helped calm those fears and I decided to give it a try. The most challenging part was finding a SCOBY. The book has a website you can order, but a friend of mine suggested it's best to find one local. (She lives across the world so she could not help me with my search) For those of you new to the kombucha world, a SCOBY is Symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast. You need one to start the fermentation process and each batch procedures a baby SCOBY (which is the top left picture) the baby SCOBY forms at the top of the batch and protects against contamination and evaporation. Once acquiring a SCOBY, finding a large enough jar was the next challenge. I started with a small vessel just to try, but ideally you want a jar at least 5 gallons. My jar is too small for my recipe but I have it a try anyway.
Step one. Boil 4 cups (1 quart) water. Put 5-6 black tea bags and steep for 15 minutes. Remove tea bags, add one cup sugar and dissolve. Allow to cool to room temperature. In your vessel or large jar, fill 12 cups of water, add sweet tea, 1 cup starter liquid (1 cup from previous brew) and SCOBY. Cover with towel and elastic band and place us a warm area. I had mine on my kitchen counter for 7-21 days. Start trying it after 5 days until you get a taste you like. It will taste a little vinegar like and get sweeter over time. Once you reach a flavour you like, pour into smaller jars/bottles (top right picture, I reused store bought kombucha jars) and add flavour of choice and leave on counter for 1-4 days. Then move to the fridge. I used strawberries and rhubarb, cinnamon stick and blueberries. The strawberry rhubarb was the best received by my husband. I'm currently brewing some kombucaffee (kombucha brewed with coffee instead of tea) stay tuned to see how that turns out!
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