Apr 20, 2013

My Recipe for Kombucha Tea

Though Kombucha, a fermented tea drink, can be purchased pre-made, it is very easy to make Kombucha at home.  I've had a taste for it recently, and it's been a while since I've brewed some.  I'd like to share my recipe for Kombucha Tea with you, and then provide you a link to a longer article I wrote on the subject, including it's health benefits and where to get a Scoby, mother of Kombucha or mushroom, whatever title you'd like to use for the starter.

Here is what you will need to begin:



  • A large glass jar...I use an old pickle jar - clean very well
  • Water 
  • 10-12 tea bags - you can use black tea and/or green tea to start, and get more exotic as you learn 
  • 1 cup of sugar - "food" for the bacteria that ferment the brew 
  • 1/4 cup Kombucha from previous brew or a few T. of white vinegar
  • Stainless Steel or glass pot for boiling water - must be stainless steel or glass 
  • Plastic, wood or stainless steel stirring utensil
  • Coffee Filter
  • Rubber Band

Instructions:


  • Put water in pot 
  • Boil water for 5 - 10 minutes, turn off heat 
  • Add tea bags and brew for 1/2 hour 
  • Remove tea bags, cover pan, and cool overnight, or long enough so at room temperature 
  • Pour into your very-clean, large glass jar...fill to top of widest part of jar for largest air surface area. 
  • Add the 1/4 cup of Kombucha from previous brew or white vinegar, don't stir
  • Lay your Kombucha Scoby on top..it is okay if it sinks
  • Put a coffee filter over the top, seal with a rubber band to keep out fruit flies that will be attracted to the brew. 
  • Never seal closed with a lid, it needs air circulation and the jar may explode or break during the fermentation process. 
  • Put on a shelf with subdued light, where there is little air movement, and temperature is about 70+ degrees 
  • Let it ferment for about 7 days - do not move during that time
When your tea is ready, strain through cheese cloth other mesh material into your storage container...preferably glass...and put in the refrigerator. 

As it is fermenting, a new starter will grow on top of the liquid, or attached to the original starter mushroom.  When your done, you'll have a starter for your next brew, and one to give away or double up your amount.


To read more about Kombucha you can also visit my article Kombucha Tea - A Healthy Fermented Drink.

Updated 4/12/16

Start out by drinking only about 1/4 cup a day, split between the morning and evening. If you have no detox symptoms you may want to increase the amount. People have been known to drink 1-3 cups a day, but everyone is different. 


If you prefer, you can purchase a Kombucha starter kit online.

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