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Home Brewed Kombucha

Once you’ve got your scoby and gallon sized container, brewing kombucha is easy!
Prep Time3 hrs
Fermenting Cycle21 d
Total Time21 d 3 hrs
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Immunity Support, Low-Carb
Servings: 16 People
Calories: 48kcal
Author: Alison Borel

Equipment

  • gallon jug or tea pitcher

Ingredients

  • 16 cups water
  • 4 green tea bags
  • 4 black tea bags
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cups kombucha store bought
  • 1 scoby

Instructions

  • Bring water to a boil, add tea bags, turn off heat, and steep for 15 minutes. Add a cup of sugar.
  • Wait a few hours for the tea to come to room temperature. Heat can damage the scoby, so this is an important step.
  • Pour sweet tea into your gallon jar, add the store bought kombucha, and slip in the scoby. Cover the mouth of the jar with a clean towel and tighten with a rubber band. Store on your counter-top in the kitchen.
  • After seven days have passed, take a sip through a straw to see if it’s to your liking. If it’s too sweet, try again tomorrow. This can take up to 21 days depending on the temperature of your home.
  • Once it’s ready, remove the scoby and a cup of your new brew and store it in a sealed container. You can now drink out of this jar or split the tea up in individual bottles (4-6) for a second ferment. See notes

Notes

For a second ferment, the ratio for fruits or juice to tea is 10-30%. Added sugar can go anywhere from a half teaspoon to a tablespoon per bottle. In individual bottles pour your tea, leaving room for added fruit or juice. We love ginger and usually add a knuckle sized knob per bottle. Squeeze half a lemon per bottle, add sugar, and screw on the lid tightly.
Burp the bottles every day (anywhere between 2-7 days) by opening the bottle and letting out the air. If your kombucha gushes out like a shaken soda, it’s definitely ready to enjoy. You’ll know when it’s ready! Never leave the bottles unattended for more than a day. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1Cup | Calories: 48kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Sodium: 13mg | Potassium: 1mg | Sugar: 12g | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 1mg |
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 3
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 3