So you're tired of telling your kids they can't have any more soda -- and you'd love to have an alternative?
Or maybe you're just wanting to uplevel your health by loving your gut?
Today I'm going to help walk you through with an amazing solution called kombucha! We are going to talk about what kombucha is, what is SCOBY and how you can enjoy kombucha every day!
➡️ Free from sugary drinks
➡️ Free from soda
➡️ Free to have a healthy gut
➡️ Free to rock your health!
➡️ Free to develop healthy habits
When you buy it at the store, each bottle can be anywhere between $3-5, they typically have not fermented as long so they have less health benefits than if you are drinking homemade. SO -- why not make it at home? Making your own can be WAY less expensive, but you must do it right.
As my son says, "Kombucha is kind-of like a soda - a healthy soda", and so it's super
yucky -- I mean, yummy! 😋 It's a sweet, fizzy drink made with yeast, sugar, and fermented tea and it has a TON of health benefits - including gut health and liver function, but we won't go into details about that today. We are going to focus on the HOW today.
What about the SCOBY. What is that? In order to make kombucha, a SCOBY is needed. This is an acronym that stands for "symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast". The SCOBY appears like a rubbery, disk-shaped blob that forms and new layer and thickens with every batch. It may seem weird, but this is a good sign that the microorganisms are hard at work breaking down the sugar in the tea and releasing probiotic bacteria. This drink is one that has been reported to have originated in Asian cultures and has been around for a VERY long time.
- How do you get your own SCOBY?? By getting one from a friend – or you can purchase one here.
- Does it contain alcohol? Yes, the fermentation does create a small amount of alcohol, but very little. Not enough to qualify as an alcoholic beverage.
- Does it have caffeine? Yes, but only about 1/3 remains in the kombucha after it brews. However, there are ways to decaffeinate the tea even more before brewing.
- How much kombucha is good to drink each day? Less is MORE! 4-8oz per day.
- How do you make it? There are two ways to make it you can batch brew or continuous brew. Today I’m going to talk about the continuous brew method. You need to brew in a glass or stainless steel container as others like plastic, clay, ceramic can either contaminate the bacteria. To make your first batch you will need: glass or stainless steel container, SCOBY, purified water, black, organic white or green tea (this is my favorite blend), muslin tea bag if using loose leaf tea, and organic cane sugar. Find our suggestions here.
1. Boil 8 cups of water add your tea bags and steep for 5-15 min. (3-5 tsp for 1 gallon vessel, 6-10 tsp for 2.5 gallon vessel)
. Remove the tea bags (or loose tea
) and add in one cup of organic cane sugar per gallon and stir it in.
. Add 1 gallon of cold (filtered and chlorine free)
water then add in your SCOBY
and starter liquid and cover it with a cloth, not so it can breathe. (If a 2.5 gallon vessel, add 1 more quart of filtered water.
4. Let it ferment it for 10-28 days.
5. After it ferments taste it. It shouldn’t taste like sweet tea, but it also shouldn’t taste like vinegar.
. When it's ready put your kombucha into bottles individual glass bottles. When we add kombucha to the bottle we add slices of fruit we also like to add Ginger
Essential Oils. You can play with the flavors to find what you like.
7. Put a lid on the bottle, and then we like to do a second fermentation and let it sit 1-4 days.
8. After the second fermentation is complete you keep the jars in the refrigerator and enjoy. If you are interested in more information about the Batch Brew Method you can find more info in the graphic below or from the resources listed below.
Watch the complete video below on Making Hippie Moonshine.