Yesterday my friend, Amanda, and I hosted our very own kombucha class! For those who don't know, kombucha is a fermented tea that has so many healthy benefits for the body, especially the gut. The tea is full of probiotics. Woo! I got to meet a handful of you that I've only known virtually ;) so that was really fun for me. You guys are just the best! We explained the kombucha brewing process, and even bottled a new batch. Amanda brought fresh frozen strawberries and peaches from last summer, and we blended the fruit with fresh mint from my herb garden. I can't wait to try it in a few days! Amanda shared her scobys (symbiotic culture of yeast and bacteria) with everyone that came to the class (which, if you're local, we will have so so so many scobys in the near future, so reach out to me, and I'm willing to share the love for free!).
I know a lot of you tuned in to my Instagram and Facebook page, and I know I promised a blog post of everything you need to start brewing your own kombucha. I want to be completely transparent and tell you that it's really easy to brew. It's not that hard to mess up. And if you do, thank god my scoby is producing babies every few days. I am so willing to share my babies with you all (lol). I'm laying everything out for you below. I've made a list of what you need to start, a basic brewing recipe, and the little details to brew your best booch! Please don't hesitate to reach out to me, or Amanda. You can find her on Instagram here.
What you need.
The beautiful thing about kombucha is that you can brew in almost anything - a bowl, a glass jar... You just need a vessel to begin. Amanda loves her two gallon glass croc with spigot. I have a five gallon glass croc that I am going to add a spigot to. The spigot is helpful for safely transferring the fresh kombucha to the second ferment (the bottle). Obviously, the kombucha is alive, and bacteria can harm the mother (your scoby), so the spigot helps eliminate any potential predators. You will also need a scoby to start. You can find scobys anywhere. Amanda and I have them. I'm sure other locals have them. You can even find them online. Again, reach out to me if you're in need. You will also need organic white sugar, and organic tea, preferably a mix of black and green tea. The scoby prefers black tea. The rest is just fluff and fun stuff. I will link you to everything below!
Let's say you're getting ready to make your first batch and you have a two gallon croc... here's what you need!
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask. Thank you for tuning in yesterday! I'm so looking forward to summer and all the fun flavors that fresh summer produce brings. Happy brewing and cheers to a happy gut! :)