How To Make Your Own Kombucha

October 7, 2016

This is a bare bones guide to making your first batch of Kombucha.

On a difficulty scale from 1 to 10 this Make Your Own guide is a 2.

To keep it simple, we are going to make one 1/2 gallon batch.

What do I need?

  • Pot (1) to boil water and make tea
  • Water (64 ounces)
  • Tea bags (4) prefer black like Earl Gray
  • Sugar (1/2 Cup)
  • One 1/2 Gallon glass jar (Walmart)
  • One Scoby (will explain at the end)

How do I pull it all together?

  1. In your pot, bring 32 Ounces of water to just shy of a boil
  2. Input tea bags, and leave in the water just shy of boiling, for 20 minutes
  3. After 20 minutes, remove the tea bags, input your sugar and allow it to dissolve
  4. Take the pot off the heat, and cool sweet tea to room temperature
  5. Pour your cool sweet tea into your 1/2 gallon jar
  6. Top the jar off with another 32 ounces of water
  7. Input Scoby (see below)
  8. Cover the top with a coffee filter, and secure with a rubber band.
  9. Let the jar sit out of the way, out of direct sunlight, for ten days
  10. Refrigerate and drink as you wish

Note: At the end of the first ten days, if you want to start batch number two, repeat steps 1-7 before steps 8-10.

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What is a Scoby and how do I make one?

The Scoby is short for Symbiotic Culture of Bacteria and Yeast (Scoby), and it turns your sweet tea into Kombucha.

  1. Buy a bottle of plain unflavored Kombucha at the grocery store
  2. Pour the contents into a glass jar
  3. Cover the top with a coffee filter, and secure with a rubber band
  4. Let the jar sit out of the way, out of direct sunlight, for 14 days
  5. What you will find in the jar at the end of the 14 days in your new Scoby

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