How To Make Amazingly Healthful Kombucha Tea At Home – 6 Easy Steps
Kombucha is naturally fermented probiotic beverage made with tea, sugar, yeast, and live bacteria. It is a sweet and delicious drink which you can prepare it by yourself instead of buying it as a supplement and pay $3.00 dollars for it.
“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.”, says doctor Brent Bauer.
When preparing your kombucha tea, you should pay close attention to what you put in the tea because incorrect ingredients can alter the pH levels or acidity of the 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
SCOBY is the common name for the starter culture used for making kombucha tea. Namely, the word S.C.O.B.Y represents an acronym for Symbiotic Colony of Bacteria and Yeast. Each quantity of kombucha tea you make will give you a new culture of SCOBY. This is a byproduct which comes together with your original SCOBY. You can use this byproduct for other purposes aside from preparing kombucha tea.
Also, you can buy dehydrated SCOBY starter online.
Step by step instructions:
Step one: Add sugar and hot water
Put the sugar into the glass jar and add hot water. Your sugar has to be dissolved in the hot water. Fill ¾ of the jar with hot water. Make sure you have left enough space for the rest.
Step two: Add the tea
After your sugar has dissolved, add your desired tea and allow the mixture to brew for some time. Cover the top of the jar to protect your tea from insects.
Step three: Add the starter kombucha tea or vinegar
Once your sugary tea has steeped, take out the tea bags. Next, add 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
The next step is to add the kombucha culture to the tea and let it act. Cover the tea after adding the culture to protect it from bugs and particles from the air.
Step five: Let your kombucha tea batch sit for 7-21 days
The time your kombucha drink needs depends on the temperature of the place where is kept. For instance, if you keep it in cold areas, it will take a longer time. If you keep it in warmer areas you won`t have to wait so long. The reason for this is that bacteria in the culture require a warmer temperature. Therefore, it is recommended to keep it in a warmer place.
After some time, you will notice the formation of your new culture on the top of the glass jar. Leave it longer of you want it to get bigger.
Pay attention: The color of your Kombucha tea should be white, or with some brown touches from the yeast byproducts. However, if you notice that your tea has green, orange, or black color, it is not safe for use.