I am now working on my 3rd batch of Kombucha. The above photos are of my 2nd batch. I am trying to get it more fizzy but finding it a little challenging. I truly feel like a mad scientist when doing this! A great deal of trial and error.
filtered water, about 1 gallon
organic black tea
1 Kombucha scoby — click below for the one I purchased from Amazon
2 cups white sugar
large glass container
cloth to cover container
dark space to store for 5-7 days
- I brew 12 small bags of organic black tea. Sometimes I replace a few of the bags with organic green tea as well. I only use glass to steep my tea per the experts directions.
- After the tea finishes steeping I add the 2 cups of sugar and stir with a wooden spoon until completely dissolved.
- I then add the tea and sugar to the large glass container and add about a gallon of filtered water.
- I place the scoby on the top along with any saved liquids. After each batch is complete I save about a 4th of the mixture to add to the next batch for more consistency.
- I place a cloth over the top of the container and store it in the back of my pantry for 5-7 days.
Well it’s officially ready!
It is so yummy! I had more fizz this time than anytime I have made it in the past. This was my first 2nd ferment. I am really surprised by how apple it tastes. I only added 2-3 oz per jar. I know from fermenting veggies in the past that putting any spice or herb in the jars intensifies a great deal so I will need to remember that when making future batches!
The hubby approves as well! I have a couple more jars in the pantry that I didn’t think had enough fizz and I am planning to leave overnight to see what happens. Then on to the next brew! I am sure this batch won’t be around long…
So today I added the first kombucha ferment to 4 quart size mason jars with apple juice for an extra couple days. I have never done a 2nd ferment and am excited to see if it comes out apple flavored and extra fizzy.
The scoby is as always super weird to handle! I can see the mother splitting and making a baby, so that was cool. I have heard about the jars exploding on people so I wrapped each one in a dish towel for precautionary measures.
I will post about the final product in a couple days. Wish me luck!
Link to the scoby I purchased is listed below the photo:
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I really enjoy the Synergy brand and treat myself to one occasionally because they can be a little pricy at $3-$4 per bottle.
A couple of years ago a friend began making her own and shared her recipe as well as a starter scoby to get me started. It takes about a week to make and definitely feels like a science experiment but is so worth it! I can’ t wait until my brew is ready!
On my next post I’ll share the recipe I used as well as pictures of the finished product.
Here is the scoby I am using purchased from Amazon: