Unlock the Art of Kombucha Brewing for a Healthy Gut
Kombucha, a fizzy, fermented tea, has taken the health world by storm due to its probiotic-rich content and tangy taste. By brewing your own kombucha at home, you can get creative and enjoy a continuous supply of this delicious and health-boosting beverage. In this step-by-step guide, we'll walk you through the process of brewing kombucha, from sourcing the ingredients to bottling your own homemade elixir.
Step 1: Gather Your Equipment
Before you begin your kombucha brewing journey, make sure you have the necessary equipment:
- 3 litres - Large glass jar
- 9 grams of tea bags (black tea, green tea, or white tea are acceptable options!)
- 110 grams of sugar
- 750 ml of starter liquid + SCOBY (Symbiotic Culture of Bacteria and Yeast)
- 1,800 ml of filtered water
- Breathable cloth
- Elastic band
Step 2: Prepare Your Ingredients
- Steep your selected tea leaves and sugar in hot water
- Allow sweetened tea to brew for approximately 10 minutes
* Allow the tea to brew, and sugar to dissolve
* Sugar acts as food for the SCOBY, do not skip this step
Step 3: Combine
- Add 1,800 ml of filtered water into glass jar
- Stir briefly - ensure contents are no longer hot
- Pour 750 ml of starter liquid into glass jar
- Remove tea bags from glass jar
- Cover using cloth and elastic band
Step 4: Fermentation Time
Cover the jar with the breathable cloth and secure it with a rubber band. Place the jar in a dark, room-temperature location for 7~14 days. The SCOBY will work its magic, converting the sweet tea into kombucha through fermentation.
Step 5: Taste Test
After a week, start tasting your kombucha. When it reaches your desired level of tanginess, it's ready. Keep in mind that the longer you ferment, the stronger the flavor will become.
Step 6: Bottling and Flavors
Carefully remove the SCOBY and some of the liquid to use as a starter for your next batch. Bottle the rest of the kombucha, leaving some space at the top. If desired, you can add fruit, herbs, or spices for flavor.
Step 7: Second Fermentation
- Commonly flavoured using fruits
- After flavouring, store kombucha in the fridge for 5~7 days
- Allow kombucha to infuse the flavours
Step 8: Enjoy!Once the second fermentation is complete, keep your kombucha refrigerated to slow down the fermentation process. Enjoy it chilled and savor the unique flavors you've created.
Brewing kombucha at home is a fun and rewarding process that allows you to enjoy a constant supply of this probiotic-rich beverage. By following these simple steps, you can craft your own kombucha, experiment with flavors, and promote a healthy gut. So, go ahead and start your journey into the world of homemade kombucha today!