Homemade Kombucha

March 28, 2008 at 6:28 pm 2 comments

Kombucha Jar at CCOFGet yourself some kombucha culture and you’ll be on your way to making this healthful drink. You may have tried the brands of kombucha showing up in grocery cases everywhere, but it’s been said that the fresher it is, i.e. making it at home, the better the health effects. Here are some photos from the kombucha we keep in our kitchen at work.

Kombucha itself is the tea after it’s been fermented by a kombucha culture. The culture, according to Wikipedia, is, “often called a mushroom, or by the acronym SCOBY (for “Symbiotic Colony of Bacteria and Yeast”), Pouring Kombucha Teait is clinically known as a zoogleal mat.” To make your own tea, simply brew a pot of your favorite tea, we often use green tea, add a big scoop of sugar and the kombucha culture. Let it sit, covered for about a week. The kombucha will feed on the sugar and ferment the tea. After a week or so, taste it! The photo is David, pouring the tea into a glass bottle to drink. Here’s another, more in-depth article on making your own kombucha.

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  • 1. Chuck  |  March 29, 2008 at 1:17 am

    Hello,

    Perhaps you can help me.
    Regarding the term fermentation in the tea making process. You are making your own tea and I am thinking that you have some knowledge that you may be willing to share.

    Is a culture used in the making of black tea? I have read many variations of how tea is made and I was not clear on the term fermentation used in the process. If a culture is used then I can understand the term fermentation being used.

    Thanks very much,
    I enjoyed reading your article.

    Chuck Burns

    Reply
  • 2. amandamaria  |  March 29, 2008 at 2:58 pm

    Hi Chuck,

    The kombucha drink is made from taking tea (already made) and adding the kombucha culture, which, after sitting for about a week ferments. So the fermentation happens after the tea is already made.

    thanks for the comment!
    Amanda

    Reply

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