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How To Make Kombucha (At Home Tutorial)

How To Make Kombucha (At Home Tutorial)

Ohhh kombucha. The latest trend in the foodie/drinkie world.

There are so many things popping up these days, I don’t ever know what’s here to stay, and what’s here just because it looks good on Instagram.

I sure hope kombucha is here to stay because I have to admit, the bottled stuff takes a pretty picture. The home-made stuff? Not so sexy…

How To Make Kombucha (At Home Tutorial)

Aside from the aesthetically pleasing nature of bottled kombucha, lets talk about what it IS, exactly.

What the Hell is Kombucha?

Kombucha is a health drink, made by fermenting tea, sugar, and the kombucha culture together. Unsurprisingly, it was first drank by the Chinese over 2,000 years ago (they are SERIOUSLY on top of their health game).

The kombucha culture that I mentioned before is usually called a SCOBY – it is a symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeasts. YUM. As the combination of the tea, sugar and SCOBY are fermenting, the culture digests the sugar, and over time it produces organic acids, enzymes, probiotics, and vitamins.

How To Make Kombucha (At Home Tutorial)

What are the Benefits?

1. Detoxification & liver support

2. Improves digestion

3. May help fight against cancer

4. Supports the immune system

5. It’s a delicious alternative to soda and other sugar laden drinks

How To Make Kombucha (At Home Tutorial)

How to Make Kombucha

1. Begin by boiling 1 quart (1L) of water in a kettle or saucepan. Once boiling, add in 2 black or green teabags, and 1/4 cup of sugar. Steep for 15 minutes

2. Pour the tea into a large glass jar. The jar should have a fairly wide circumference. Let the tea cool down to room temperature.

3. Once cooled down, place the SCOBY culture in the tea with the opaque side facing up. Cover with some sort of cloth (kitchen towel or a cheese cloth both work) and store in a warm place (I store mine in the cabinet above our fridge).

4. How long to let the kombucha ferment depends on how acidic you enjoy it. The longer it brews, the more acidic or vinegar-y it is. Generally between 10-12 days is perfect for me. You will also notice a new SCOBY starting to form on top of the liquid. Once you’ve completed the fermenting process,  you can either compost that SCOBY, or pass it on to a friend to make their own!

5. Refrigerate your newly made kombucha. You can bottle it and add flavoring to it – fresh raspberries, ginger, juice, etc. The first time I made mine it turned out way more acidic than I expected, so I mixed it with orange juice. It was the perfect addition!

**Note: If you don’t have your own SCOBY, you have a couple of options.

1) You can do what I did, and pick up a free one from someone offering them on Kijiji (every time they make a batch they have an extra one to either throw out or give away)

2) Buy one from a health food store

3) Make your own from scratch, just like from this tutorial from The Kitchn 

What About You?!

  • Have you ever tried kombucha?
  • Have you ever made your own?

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How To Make Kombucha (At Home Tutorial). Just 5 easy steps for a fool proof tutorial on how to brew kombucha at home! This stuff is great for gut health, aids digestion, and is a much more delicious (and healthy) alternative to sugar laden soda.

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  1. DUDE, I’ve always wanted to make this at home because I’m SICK of spending a ton of money on kombucha!! But I’m scared, like really scared. Ok, deep breath. I might try it. You’ve given me a gentle push….

    • beverleyc

      12 September

      Hahaha Chrissa you kill me. HONESTLY you will be fine. you will be more than fine. you will loveee this 🙂

  2. I didn’t know you were making kombucha at home! I started brewing (2 gallons per week!) earlier this summer and it is seriously saving me $$$. What’s your favorite flavor?!

    • beverleyc

      12 September

      I remember! You made a crazy recipe with it that i still need to try out! Obviously I love ginger. Cause ginger is lyfeeeee

  3. You’re going to think I’m crazy but I’ve never actually tried Kombucha. I’ve had a Kevita sparkling drink but that’s about as close as I’ve gotten! Next time I’m at Whole Foods I’m buying one!

    • beverleyc

      16 September

      YOU ARE INSANE. I’m just kidding, but seriously you should. it’s delightful

  4. My friend used to make it when I lived in Virginia and Neil was finally like um I think you should just make it at home after I was like I NEED ANOTHER CASE like 4 days after getting one hahaha.

    • beverleyc

      16 September

      hahahah. it’s so addictive, the first time i tried it at my friends house i drank literally all of it. she was sooo not pleased

  5. I really enjoy kombucha but man is the store bought stuff expensive!! I keep thinking about making it home but have yet to take the plunge! The SCOBY always weirds me out looks wise! haha

    • beverleyc

      16 September

      my boyfriend HATES the scoby hahah! he can’t trust something that looks like that

  6. Awesome post! I LOVE me some buch! I brewed my own once but then I ran out of room in my fridge and had to say goodbye to my SCOBY. Yours is super impressive, BTW. 😉

    • beverleyc

      16 September

      hahahah your fridge must be PACKED!! invite me over! =P

  7. Ana

    16 September

    I have never make it at home but looks easy..I am going to try it!
    Blogging question: which software do you use to make the photos like that?

    • beverleyc

      16 September

      It’s superrrr simple which is why its crazy they charge so much! I used photoshop!

  8. athleticavocado

    16 September

    This is a sign that it’s time for me to make some booch!!! Thanks for the awesome tutorial!

    • beverleyc

      16 September

      Damn right its time!! Happy brewing 😉

  9. Maybe if I make my own I’ll actually like it 😉

  10. Kombucha better be here to stay because I love it! Never considered making my own but this doesn’t seem too complicated..thanks Beverley!

    • beverleyc

      4 October

      its super simple! as long as you have the SCOBY!

  11. bucketlisttummy

    29 September

    YESSS. Pinning this post. I have goals of making kombucha soon. I spend way too much money buying it!

    • beverleyc

      4 October

      It’s actually absurd how expensive it is, considering its like THE CHEAPEST THING TO MAKE!!!

  12. laurenlucas

    5 October

    This is great, i’ll have to give it a try!

  13. Zona Mielke

    22 October

    I am a kombucha virgin and have my first batch of tea cooling so I can add the scoby. When do I add flavorings and do I need special bottles when I do it (I saved my store bought kombucha bottles hoping to re-use them…)? I like the bubbles in store bought kombucha….can you talk me through the process of flavoring my stuff. BTW: I found your directions the easiest to follow – and the least intimidating. I hope it works!

    • beverleyc

      23 October

      Hi Zona!
      You can add the flavoring in after it’s completed the fermenting process and let sit in the fridge for a few hours. I added ginger root to mine and it was so yummy. Definitely reuse your old kombucha bottles, thats a great idea! Glad you liked my directions 🙂

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