Let me show you how to make Kombucha. Homemade Kombucha tea is a delicious, fizzy fermented drink to help whip your gut into better health! It improves digestion, helps you lose weight and boosts your immunity.
Kombucha known as the “Immortal Health Elixir” by the Chinese has existed for more than 2000 years. Kombucha is a fermented tea, an all natural healthy carbonated drink. If you’re trying to eat clean and have a hard time giving up sodas then Kombucha is for you! This delicious sour yet sweet tasting fizzy drink makes the perfect healthy alternative to sugary sodas.
Health Benefits of Kombucha
- Kombucha is high in glucaric acid. This aids the body’s natural detoxification process by supporting the liver.
- Aids digestion and gut health
- Kombucha contains high levels of beneficial acid, probiotics and enzymes.
- Joint Care – Kombucha contains glucosamines, which increase synovial hyaluronic acid production which supports the preservation of cartilage structure. In this way kombucha can help heal and prevent joint damage as well as alleviate arthritic pain
Please note that if you are breastfeeding you should consume Kombucha with caution. I can have one glass per day otherwise my baby tends too be a bit too ‘regular’ if you know what I mean 🙂
How is Kombucha produced
Kombucha is produced by fermenting tea and sugar with the kombucha culture (SCOBY) The fermentation process takes approximately 7-12 days. During that period the SCOBY digests the sugar in the tea and produces a plethora of beneficial acids, enzymes and probiotics. I highly recommend buying your SCOBY from this particular company.
How to make Kombucha at home
At first the whole process of home brewing kombucha and ferments in general can be intimidating but with a little practice and this handy graphic you’ll be a pro in no time.
After a few days of fermentation taste the Kombucha:
If your Kombucha has fermented too long and tastes like vinegar. DO NOT throw it out! Here are 10 ways to use up sour Kombucha.
If your Kombucha tastes just right bottle it up, place in the fridge and consume immediately. Or you can have some fun and turn that kombucha into a flavoured carbonated beverage. See this post on how to flavour Kombucha.
So what do you think? Will you try making your own Kombucha at home?
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- Steep tea. Add sugar. Cool completely.
- In a clean glass jar ADD sweetened tea, starter tea/plain kombucha, SCOBY
- Cover jar securely with a breathable cloth (muslin, coffee filter,paper towels, clean kitchen towel)
- Ferment in a cool dark spot for 7-10 days
- Taste kombucha. Too sweet? Allow to brew for a couple more days. Too sour? Shorten brewing time on next batch. Just right? Proceed to next steps
- Prepare and cool another pot of tea
- Remove the SCOBY from fermentation jar to a clean plate
- Reserve 2 cups of brewed ‘just right’ kombucha & set aside
- Bottle the remaining kombucha and store in fridge.
- Sterilize the jar being used for kombucha fermentation
- In sterilized jar combine the fresh, cooled, sweetened tea with reserved starter tea. Add SCOBY and ferment for 7-10 days