If you love kombucha and want to save money, brewing your own is a great way to continue partaking in this amazing probiotic, as well as save money in the process. Brewing kombucha may seem like a daunting task, but it really is such a simple thing to do. You will become a master kombucha brewer after just 2 brews! Then, you can really start experimenting with different flavors and really tailoring it to what you love. Below I have laid out step-by-step on how to brew your own kombucha and everything you will need.
What you’ll need
- 1 Gallon glass jar
- 1 Organic Scoby
- Organic Cane Sugar
- Organic Green & Black Tea Bags- or your favorite flavor
- 6-8 snap top bottles like THESE
- Rubber band & coffee filter/cheese cloth
- Filtered water
Another option, would be to purchase a kombucha kit like THIS ONE, which has mostly everything you need to start.
Step 1: Gather everything you will need.
In order to make sure your kombucha brewing is a success, you need to make sure you have everything on hand ahead of time. Spend the time to purchase everything you will need so that you can set yourself up for success.
Step 2: Bring 2 cups of filtered water to a boil.
Step 3: While your water is boiling, place 3 organic green tea bags and 3 organic black tea bags in a bowl.
Step 4: Pour boiling water over tea bags and allow to steep for 8-10 minutes.
Step 5: Remove tea bags from water and add 1 cup of organic cane sugar. Stir until completely dissolved.
Step 6: Carefully place your scoby (and it’s contents), into your clean glass jar. Make sure your hands are clean as to not add any unwanted bacteria.
Step 7: Add 6 cups of filtered water to the bowl that contains the tea and dissolved sugar. Once it is room temp, pour into glass jar that contains the scoby.
***Important note: Make sure you DO NOT pour the hot tea directly into the jar with the scoby. It must be room temp before combining. The scoby will die if the tea is added when it’s too hot.
Step 8: Pour another 6 cups of filtered room temp water into the glass jar (total of 12 cups of additional water, 14 cups including the 2 cups of tea)
Step 9: Cover the jar with a coffee filter or cheese cloth and place in a dark space for 7-14 days. I have found that 9 days is perfect for me.
***Note: the longer you allow it to ferment the more tart it will become, the less time you allow it to ferment, the sweeter it will be. Experiment with the time frame and adjust to your liking.
***Note: Remember that COLD=MOLD, so be sure to store your kombucha in an area that isn’t too cold.
Step 10: Once you have allowed your kombucha to ferment for the allotted time, it’s time to bottle it up! You can bottle it up as it is, or you can add some juice to the bottom of your bottles to flavor it. Leave about 2-3 inches free at the top.
***Note: Leave about 2 cups of kombucha in your jar with the scoby so that you can continue to brew your kombucha.
Step 11: Place the filled bottles in a dark area for another 2-3 days. Be sure to “burp” them each day so that it does not build up too much carbonation and explode on you. After the 2-3 days, place in the fridge and you are ready to partake in your first batch of home brewed kombucha!
Repeat the steps above to continue brewing and make adjustments as you go and to your liking. Try different teas, different fermentation times, and different ways to flavor your freshly brewed “booch”:)
There ya have it! Now you know how to brew your own kombucha from the comfort of your home!
Good luck and comment below with the flavor combinations you have tried!