How Do You Brew Kombucha?


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To brew kombucha, brew sweet tea, and then add SCOBY (symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast) to ferment the mixture. Fermentation takes 7 to 10 days.

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  1. Gather the supplies

    Get mixing utensils and a large jar for the fermentation process. Do not use metal utensils. You also need SCOBY, a mass of active yeast and friendly bacteria that helps ferment the kombucha.

  2. Brew the sweet tea

    Heat 13-14 cups of water close to boiling, and then add 1 cup sugar. Mix until the sugar dissolves. Add 2 tablespoons of loose tea, and steep to your desired intensity. Remove the infuser from the water. Allow the tea to cool completely before adding SCOBY.

  3. Add the SCOBY

    Once cooled, pour the tea into a large jar. Add white vinegar or half a cup of kombucha from a previous batch. Gently add the SCOBY to the tea. Cover the jar with a paper covering, and secure it with a rubber band. Make the covering tight but breathable.

  4. Ferment your kombucha

    Place the jar in a warm, secure place. Do not disturb the kombucha until it is properly fermented. Fermentation takes 7 to 10 days.

  5. Test the kombucha

    After seven days, sample the kombucha to see if it's ready. Successful kombucha has a tart taste. If you want more tartness, allow further fermentation.

  6. Add a second ferment

    To make kombucha soda, add juice or fruit to prepared kombucha in an air-tight container. Allow the kombucha to ferment for a few days, depending on how fizzy you want the mixture.

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