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The fermented tea beverage, sometimes referred to as kombucha, sometimes referred to as the cross between cider and champagne, is so sweet and sparkling Kombucha and all its advantages have become popular tastes and its probiotic benefits.) But at $ 3-4 per bottle, Kombucha can be an expensive habit when you drink it often.
Luckily, having your own Kombucha at home is not a very complicated process, once you have the tools and ingredients you need, you can easily brew from batch to batch. Here's how to make your own kombucha ̵
What you need Make your own Kombucha
Manufacturer: 1 gallon
- 1 gallon glass jar for use as a brewery vehicle
- C Flat cover (a clean kitchen towel or a coffee filter + a rubber band)
- Wooden Spoon
- Kombucha pH Test Strips (Buy It, $ 8)
- Single airtight containers, such as: Mason jars, flasks, or recycled Kombucha bottles for bottling
1 gallon of filtered water
1 cup of cane sugar
 "] 10 Bag of green or black tea (equivalent to 10 tablespoons of loose tea)
1 1/2 to 2 cups of pre-made plain kombucha (also known as kombucha starter tea)
1 fresh SCOBY (Abbreviation for "Symbiotic Culture of Bacteria and Yeast") The SCOBY has a jellyfish-like look and feel and is the magic ingredient that turns sweet black tea into good-for-your-good-kombucha.)
All these items You can find it online in a packag starter kit. (Example: This $ 45 starter kit from the Kombucha shop.) You can also make your own SCOBY from a bottle of purchased kombucha teas. commercial SCOBY. (See also: Can Kombucha kit.jpg “src =” http://www.shape.com/sites/shape.com/files/u874 /how-to-make-kombucha-kit.jpg “style =” Breite: 1200px; Höhe: 630px; “/>
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How to Create Your Own Kombucha
- Prepare yourself Tea: Cook the gallon of water, leave the green or black tea in hot water for 20 minutes, add the cane sugar to the tea and stir until it is completely dissolved. Allow the tea to cool to room temperature Broth, leaving some space at the top.
- Add SCOBY to the brewing container, pour kombucha starter tea into the sweet tea.
- Cover or close the brewing container with the lid closed Cover and rubber band Place the brewing container in a warm place away from direct sunlight for fermentation. The optimum brewing temperature is 75-85 ° C Tea does not brew properly or just needs a little longer to ferment. (Hint: If you are brewing kombucha in colder months, if your house is probably not as warm as 75-85 ° F, place the brew near an air vent so that it is always near heated air.)  Allow the tea to ferment for 7 to 10 days, making sure that the brewing vessel is not knocked over during the fermentation period. A few things to keep in mind: After a few days you will see a new baby SCOBY, which forms at the top of the brew and forms a kind of seal. You may also notice brown threads under the SCOBY and filaments floating around the tea. Do not worry – these are natural, normal signs of tea fermentation.
- After one week, you should check your tea for taste and pH. Use the pH test strips to determine the pH of the tea. The optimal pH of Kombucha is between 2 and 4. Taste the tea with a straw or spoon. If the brew tastes too sweet, let it ferment longer.
- When the tea has the desired sweetness and spiciness and is within the desired pH range, it's time for bottling. (If you want to add flavor, now is the time!) Remove the SCOBY and store it with a portion of your non-flavored kombucha to use as a starter tea for your next batch. Pour the kombucha into the airtight glass containers and leave at least one centimeter headroom above.
- Store the refrigerator for cooling until you can drink. The kombucha stays in the fridge for several weeks.
Optional steps for your Kombucha recipe
- Do you want the bubbles? If you want to do a second fermentation to make your kombucha carbonated, simply store your filled kombucha in a dark, warm place for two to three days. Then you can put it in the fridge before you enjoy it. (Did you know that there is also a so-called probiotic coffee?)
- Would you like to spice up your kombucha recipe? The possibilities are endless! Here are a few flavor ideas that should be added to the blend in Step 7 :
- Ginger: Finely rub a 2- to 3-inch piece of ginger root (which has tons of health benefits ) his own) and add to your mix.
- Grape: Add 100 percent grape juice. Add fruit juice equal to one fifth of the amount of Kombucha in your jar.
- Hot Pineapple: Make your kombucha sweet and spicy by mixing 100% pineapple juice and about 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper.