How to make Kombucha How to make Kombucha at home is much easier than you’d think but first you have to grow your own SCOBY. Kombucha is a fermented drink that has been around for centuries and is rich in probiotics. It has amazing health benefits and is great for the digestive system, liver and immune system to mention just a few.

To brew your own batch of Kombucha you will need a SCOBY! SCOBY stands for Symbiotic Colony of Bacteria and Yeast, and this little guy is what does all the hard work and gives us amazing probiotics.

You can buy a SCOBY online or from someone that already ferments their own Kombucha, but I chose to grow my own. All I needed was a large GLASS container which I sterilised with boiling water and apple cider vinegar, two organic black teabags, 1/3 cup of organic cane sugar and 1/3 cup of organic raw Kombucha containing live cultures, all of which I got at the health food store.

I used one litre of boiling water, added two teabags and allow to brew for 10min on a low heat, once brewed I turned off the heat and added the sugar and stirred it until it dissolved fully. I then let the liquid cool right down. It’s important to allow the liquid to cool down because heat can damage the live cultures in the Kombucha being added to the tea. Once the liquid was cold I poured it into the glass container and added 1/3 cup of raw Kombucha and covered the container with a clean cotton cloth and secured with rubber bands. I popped the tea into a cupboard and allowed it to ferment for 6 weeks.

After 1 week I noticed a thin film that looked kinda like cling film growing across the top of the liquid, this was my SCOBY starting to grow. The SCOBY needs to grow to about a quarter of an inch thick before it’s ready to use. After the 6 week my SCOBY was ready to be used, I sterilised my hands using warm water and apple cider vinegar, this is very important to do because I was going to handle a live organism and I didn’t want to damage it. I also sterilised a bowl which I put my SCOBY in while I made my next batch. I removed the SCOBY from the Kombucha, popped in the bowl, added 1 cup of Kombucha from the glass container (this is need to make the next batch), covered it with a cotton cloth and set it aside while I began my next batch. The Kombucha tea from this batch is not suitable to drink, but you can however use it to rinse your hair or for cleaning. In part 2 I will teach you how to brew your first batch of Kombucha.

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