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Fizzy and delicious, kombucha tea is loaded with unbelievable health benefits.
This is a great replacement for soda because of the natural carbonation, and you can flavor it however you like! If you already brew sweet black tea at home, adding a few steps will give you amazing benefits.
From energy to healing the gut, kombucha tea is one of the easiest ways to add fermented foods to a healthy diet, and love the taste.
What Is Komcucha Tea
Kombucha (kom-boo-cha) tea is a fermented tea made traditionally with organic black, green tea, and/or white tea, organic cane sugar, filtered water, and most importantly the SCOBY (SKOH-bee).
SCOBY stands for Symbiotic Colony of Bacteria and Yeast. This is the life force of your tea, giving it the major health benefits that makes it worth your time of making!
Bringing this little creature into your home will seem very odd at first, especially because it is a life you have responsibility over! But don’t worry, while it is important to sanitize, use the right materials, and show some attention to, it’s definitely easier than kids and pets 😁
Teas You Can Use | Teas Of The Camellia Sinensis Plant
Herbal Teas You May Use
While these teas are not the only ones you can use, these are, however, the most used and not debated among the kombucha brewing community. You can do more research if there’s a tea you really want to try.
No matter which safe tea you venture into, PLEASE make your first batch is ALL organic black tea. Then, still use at least half black, or other caffeinated tea, and half herbal tea.
Teas NOT To Use
- Flavored Teas- Oils and chemicals can contaminate the SCOBY.
- Medical Herbal Teas- Can contain antibacterial agents that can kill the good bacteria in your SCOBY.
- Decaffeinated Teas- The SCOBY needs caffeine to survive.
- Non Organic Teas- Pesticides are harmful to the SCOBY and You!
What Are The Benefits?
To reap the complete benefits of kombucha tea (listed below) you need to use organic black tea and organic cane sugar. The caffeine and sugar is for the SCOBY, not you! It will consume the majority of the caffeine and sugar, leaving only trace amounts for you. The SCOBY will also digest the caffeine and sugar, leaving what traces are left, easier digestible for you!
If you would like to read in depth about the host of benefits of kombucha go here!
Here’s Taking My Research For It
- Folic Acid
- 14 different Amino Acids
- Hydrolytic Enzymes
- Usnic Biogenic Amines
- Antibiotically Active Matter
- Carbon Dioxide
So What Does All This Mean For Me?
- Detox- Supports Kidney, Liver, and Gallbladder Health
- Prevent/Heal Bladder Infection & Reduces Kidney Calcification & Promotes Liver Function
- Detoxify Blood
- Preventing & Alleviating Cancer
- Reduces Atherosclerosis By Regeneration Of Cell Walls
- Reduces Inflammatory problems
- Increase Energy
- Enhances General Metabolism
- Improve Immune System
- Reduces Cholesterol
- Reduces Blood Pressure
- Protects Against Diabetes
- Improves Fluctuating Glucose Levels
- Reduce Obesity & Regulate Appetite
- Relieves Constipation- Normalizes Intestinal Activity, Balances Intestinal Flora, Cures Hemorrhoids
- Reduces Inflamed Large & Small Intestine
- Fights Candida
- Antibiotic Effect Against Bacteria, Viruses, Yeast
- Helps Allergies
- Improves Bronchitis, Coughs, Asthma, Sinusitis
- Improves Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Improves Circulation
- Helps Insomnia, Anxiety, Stress
- Helps With Chemical Sensitivity
- Relieves Migraines/Headaches
- Relieves General Muscle Aches & Pains
- Improves Menstrual & Menopausal Problems
- Alleviates Multiple Sclerosis, Arthritis, Rheumatism, Gout Symptoms and Pain
- Improves Skin Problems Like Psoriasis, Eczema, Acne, Topical Ulcers, Rashes, Boils, Warts, Fungal Infections
- Softens Wrinkles & Scarring By Increasing Elasticity
- Better Skin Tone & Color
Biggest Benefits For Mom
- Gut Health
- Helps With STRESS 🤪
I know it feels like you can’t fit one more thing into your day, so swap out some bad, time-consuming habits for healthy habits. Try using some of my ideas here on fitting in exercising at any time of the day, and just maybe you can start doing both…wouldn’t that be glorious!
Alright, I’m Ready! What Do I Need To Start?
How Do I Make It?
Get all your stuff purchased (brewing jar(s), funnel or spigot, stainless steel pot, and bottles). Either buy all your stuff online, get the items from around your house, or ask others if they have what you need.
Get them prepped, you will need to sanitize your materials and hands with white vinegar before handling the SCOBY and brewing.
You need to get your SCOBY and 1 cup of starter tea from either purchasing, or from some else that brews kombucha. A good friend of mine gave me one of her babies produced by her mother SCOBY. It was tiny, but grew rapidly. I waited until it was big enough to use in continuous brew. Your SCOBY will produce babies and layers, so give the gift of health to others 😍.
Now everything is sanitized and SCOBY is ready for a home. Ready, set, BREW!
- Boil 4 cups filtered water or chlorine-free bottled water
- Turn off stove and add 4-6 organic black tea bags or 4-6 teaspoons loose leaf tea
- Steep about 10-20 minutes, then remove tea and add 1 cup organic cane sugar (stirring to make sure your sugar dissolves completely)
- From here you have two options:
- Option 1 (best for the first time brew): Add 2-3 quarts of cold filtered water to into the kombucha vessel (jar), then add the brewed tea WITHOUT the SCOBY and starter tea (the hot liquid will kill your SCOBY). Last, add the SCOBY and starter tea.
- Option 2 (best for every time after): Prepare tea (steps 1-3), then add 2-3 quarts to the brewed pot (if your pot is big enough) and let water cool completely. Put the SCOBY and starter tea into your vessel and pour the prepared, cooled tea into the vessel.
- Cover with cloth and secure with rubber band.
- Store vessel somewhere out of harms way (like from being knocked over and away from direct sunlight). The kombucha’s home should be a warm and ventilated area.
- Between 5-7 days do your first taste test. Brewing time can take around 7-14 days (first ferment). This widely varies depending on time of the year (summer or winter) and taste preference. If its still sweet it needs longer to ferment. If its more sour or vinegary, then next time don’t wait so long (unless that’s what you like!) It should have a tart, sweet taste to it.
- Once your first ferment has reached the flavored desired, it’s time for the second ferment. Grab your sanitized bottles, organic cane sugar, and whatever add ins you would like. My favorite is wild frozen blueberries, because its fast, delicious, and adds even more benefits.
- You will add 1/2 teaspoon sugar to each bottled (this helps continue the fermentation) and about 2 tablespoons of the other add ins. Then fill each bottle with the kombucha tea, leaving only about a centimeter from the top.
- Store the bottles in the same place as the kombucha vessel for 2-5 days, again depending on temperature and taste. Taste daily after the second day, and everyday until it reaches desired taste.
- During this daily process you will need to “burp” your bottles. The second fermentation creates the carbonation, but you don’t want too much build up. Simply open the bottle to burp, then close and put back. Burping releases pressure and can spill over when opening, so I open over a cup to catch it, then I drink it 😉
- Leave enough tea in the vessel, about 1-2 cups, to have a continuous brew going. Then repeat process after every bottling. If you want to take breaks in between you can, just make sure the SCOBY has enough tea to survive and is well covered.
Whew! Seems Like A LOT To Do And Buy!
I’m so happy you decided your health is worth the time! You saw all the wonderful health benefits to kombucha tea, you would be crazy not to try! Making kombucha is a long step by step process, but it’s not hard. Once you do it the first time you’ve pretty much got it.
You will learn your SCOBY and taste along the way, and how to tweak your time and recipes. Try different mixes of teas, seasonal fruit, frozen fruit, or whatever combination you think you will like.
So, What Are Your Thoughts About Kombucha Tea?
Do you think you’ll introduce this wonderful beverage into your family? Have you tried the store bought teas and hated them? I promise, home brew is TOTALLY different!
Are you a brewer already? What are your favorite flavors? Do you use different blends of teas?
Let me know your thoughts, and share the love of kombucha!