This step by step tutorial of how to make your own probiotic Kombucha at home is not only a great way to save money but tap into a huge range of health benefits. Kombucha is a fermented, lightly effervescent sweetened black or green tea drinks that has a “symbiotic ‘colony’ of bacteria and yeast” (SCOBY). Contributing microbial populations in SCOBY cultures vary, but the yeast component generally includes Saccharomyces (a probiotic fungus) and other species, and the bacterial component almost always includes Gluconacetobacter xylinus to oxidize yeast-produced alcohols to acetic and other acids.
Most health food stores sell a single bottle of Kombucha from 2.99 – 5.99 dollars on average but you can make your own for the cost of live scoby, tea bags and sugar. It is continue to regrow itself over and over again for years…. sort of like a yeast sourdough starter for bread. If you keep up on it and put the maintenance into it – you can make you own refreshing heath drink without spending tons of money. After my first batch, I was hooked !
Here is a website link to where you can buy your first live scoby culture – Kombucha Kamp Genuine KOMBUCHA CULTURE (1 Lrg SCOBY + 1 Cup Strong STARTER LIQUID – Makes 1 Gallon)
Here is a glass jar for to hold scoby in 1-gallon USDA Fermentation Glass Jar
Touted for its health benefits and its sweet yet sour taste, you can find this wonderful drink now in most supermarkets across the United States. Kombucha is a sweet tea that goes through a fermentation process that takes less than a 2 weeks typically to give you the best tasting tea you can ever imagine drinking.
All you need is some simple ingredients and materials and you can make your very own at home. Unlike the store bought kombucha, you can make yours just the way you like it without having to worry if the batch at the store is too sweet or too sour for your taste.
While the fermentation and carbonation process seems like a lot of time, it’s truly not. Just an occasional check of once a day and you’re free to go about your day.
With the recipe below, you can choose from half gallon and gallon amounts for your very own kombucha. While your first batch may be a bust, you’ll learn from your mistakes and make the second one with more ease.
As you build up your expertise, you’ll find that your batches won’t last long and you’ll be working on another batch before you thought possible. So why settle for store bought when you can make your very own with some water, sugar, tea bags, and your own SCOBY?
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