Time Required: 6-15 days
- Gallon glass jug or non lead-based crock
- Linen or cloth napkin that will fit completely over top of jug or crock
- Rubber band to go around neck of jug or crock
- 1-cup sugar (sucanat, white sugar or coconut sugar)
- 4 to 5 tea bags (you can use black green organic is best)
- 3 quarts of filter water (not distilled)
- 1 cup of starter. This will have a kombucha mushroom and 1 cup of already made kombucha tea.
- Wash all utensils with hot sudsy water and rinse well.
- Boil three quarts of purified water.
- Add 1 cup sugar ( you can use white, sucanat, coconut sugar)to water when a rolling boil is reached. Boil water and sugar for five minutes.
- Turn off heat and add 4-5 tea bags of black or green tea.
- Steep 10-15 minutes and remove tea leaves or bags and let tea cool (it doesn’t hurt to steep the tea longer).
- Pour cooled tea into gallon size glass container.
- Add your Kombucha culture, placing it so that the smooth shiny surface lies up.
- Add 1 cup of fermented Kombucha Tea from a previous batch.
- Place a cloth over the opening of the jar and secure with a rubber band. This keeps dust, mold, spores and vinegar flies out of the fermenting tea.
- Allow to sit undisturbed in a well ventilated and darkened place away from direct sunlight (temp. 65-90 degrees F.) for 6 – 15 days. I highly recommend using a brew belt to keep the temperature stable. You can find this on my store.
You will notice that a new culture, or “scoby” will begin to form
- To make sure the tea is ready to harvest; pour off a couple of ounces for a taste test.
Taste Test: A taste test on a batch of Kombucha Tea may taste like this: 4-6 Days – Too sweet, not all sugar converted. 7-9 Days – Tastes like sparkling apple cider. 10+ Days – Vinegar taste becoming prominent.
- When the tea is brewed to your taste, pour the tea into glass bottles and cap. Then place in the refrigerator. This can now be second fermented with juices, but is still delicious as is.
- Always leave enough starter tea from your last batch to make another batch of tea. You can remove the two cultures or leave them in the pot to make another batch. Make another pot of tea with sugar and add this to your starter and culture to start the process again.
Sometimes the culture floats on the surface, sometimes it sinks to the bottom of the liquid. Either way is okay. When the culture sinks to the bottom a new culture (baby) will begin to grow on the surface of the tea.