I love tea – green and black tea. I have been trying to drink tea in the morning, instead of coffee. It sooths my stomach more in the morning when I get up, I think. I have been trying also to drink herbal teas, like peppermint tea, when I get cravings in the middle of the afternoon. It doesn’t work all the time, but it does sometimes!
I also have been experimenting with kombucha tea. I warned you of that in this post!
Kombucha is a naturally carbonated fermented tea. If you are trying to kick the soda habit, this would be great for you! It can be around $3 a bottle when you purchase it in the store, but it is so cheap to make at home!
First, you need a scoby (symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast). I ordered mine from Cultures for Health. You can also order them off EBay, or ask a friend who currently makes kombucha! This is what it looks like:
This is a dehydrated scoby, so I am currently in the process of rehydrating it. This is what you will need:
Organic cane sugar
Water (non chlorinated water)
A 2 gallon container
Combine 3 cups of hot water (doesn’t have to be boiling) and 1/4 cup sugar. Stir so the sugar dissolves. Add in 2 tea bags. I used black tea, but you can use any type of tea you would like (black, green, English Breakfast, Oolong …)
Let cool to room temperature. (Since my water was not boiling, this only took about 2 hours). Remove the tea bags, and add 1/2 cup vinegar. This helps maintain the proper ph level and avoid mold. Add to your 2 gallon container.
Now, you add the scoby.
I like this jar, because I can leave the latch open, and give the scoby room to breathe, but it still has a lid on it. Here is the scoby floating!
I have the jar with the scoby sitting in a closet. It will take about a month for a new culture to form. My “mother” scoby is going to have a baby! I am very excited for the new addition!
It will take about a month (they say 10-28 days, but is not uncommon for it to take the full month). I try not to check on it everyday, but it has been about 2 weeks now, and no sign of the baby yet. I am fascinated on how this actually will happen!
Once my mommy scoby has her baby, I will need that culture to brew my first batch of tea, as well as some of this “starter” tea.
However, for right now, it is a waiting game!
Question: Have you ever made your own kombucha? Do you drink tea?
I was not compensated for this post in any way. I purchased the Kombucha Starter Kit from Cultures for Life on my own, and I thought you might enjoy this as well. Opinions stated are my own.