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Kombucha! Growing your own scoby

We started making kombucha a few months ago.  It's a fermented sweet tea beverage - you take sweet tea & add a culture called a scoby (or kombucha "mushroom").  After two weeks, the scoby has turned all the sugar into beneficial nutrients & added beneficial bacteria & yeasts (not the bad ones that take over your body & cause health problems), leaving you with a bubbly, tangy drink.   Normally you get a scoby from a friend, but I didn't have one, so I grew my own from a bottle of storebought kombucha (at $3.99/bottle, it was easy to decide to make my own, esp. considering it's no-brainer easy!).  Now I have kombucha in my home and should never run out or have to buy it again!

So here's what I did, for anyone who wants to try it:

  • Bought a bottle of GT's kombucha. Drank half. Put the rest in a glass on the counter.
  • Let it sit 3 weeks. Covered with a towel (that doesn't touch the liquid).   Room temp.  I understand many people get a scoby w/i a week doing this. I think I had one after a week, but it was so thin and translucent I didn't see it.  At 3 weeks, it was good and sturdy and thick.  It looks like a thin, slimy pancake.  I found it needs to be dark, so I keep a towel over the whole jar.
  • Made sweet tea (I used Nourishing Traditions' recipe: 3 quarts water, 4 bags organic tea, 1 cup organic sugar (Florida Crystals)). Let it cool in a gallon glass jar.  (must be black or green tea; no herbals)
  • Gently added the scoby & 1/2C of the kombucha I started with.
  • Let it sit 3 weeks. Dark place.  I think people brew their Kombucha Tea 7-30 days. At 68 degrees, I found that it took 3 full weeks to quit tasting like sweet tea & get to the wonderful flavor of the storebought drink.  At 78 degrees, it's taking more like 2 weeks.
  • Bottle and refrigerate - drink up!  I use old juice jars (glass!  kombucha's acidity should not be in a metal or plastic container).  Some people reuse beer bottles w/ lids from a brewing store.
  • Optional - Add diced ginger.  Put lid on and leave in the same brewing place for 2-3 more days.  This secondary fermentation will intensify the flavor & natural carbonation, while infusing it with a perfectly complementary ginger flavor.  I've tried ginger w/ orange peel & ginger-blueberry, too, but I like plain ginger the best.
W/ a little kombucha each day, my desire for bubbly, thirst-quenching drinks is totally satiated.  Yum!  Naturally probiotic drinks, including lacto-fermented ones like ginger beer, are what our taste buds are calling for when they want sharp/sweet & fizzy.  It's what our ancestors all over the world drank for millennia!

Every time you make kombucha you get a new ("baby") scoby.  I have lots of babies if anyone nearby needs one!

Information on the nutritional & probiotic content: http://www.happyherbalist.com/analysis_of_kombucha.htm
Articles about the history and health benefits of kombucha: http://www.kombu.de/english.htm
Excerpts from scientific analyses of kombucha: http://www.kombucha-america.com/page4.shtml

If you've never had it, start w/ a 1/4 cup or so, and drink a little more each day.  It's not a guzzling drink, more like a sipping one.  I drink about a cup a day.  If you're pregnant & are not already drinking it, don't start just yet.  :)
Tags: fermenting, health, kombucha
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