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Kombucha Recipe: How to Make Kombucha Tea at Home

kombucha tea recipe
Most people think that making Kombucha tea at home is challenging and not worth the effort. What they didn’t know is that it’s fun (and it feels like you are inside Dexter’s Laboratory experimenting with an ugly SCOBY) and it’s totally easy! Not to mention you can save a lot of money from making your own, instead of buying.

So how do you make your own Kombucha Tea at home?

Makes 1 Gallon of Kombucha Tea. If you want to brew more, remember that a gallon of tea needs 1 cup of sugar and 6-8 tea bags, depending on how strong you want your tea to be. For smaller batches, please refer to this table.

kombucha recipe ratios


Equipment Needed:

  • A gallon jar
  • A clean piece of cloth or coffee filter
  • A rubber band
  • cooking pot


(For first fermentation or 1F)

  1. Place 4 cups of water to your pot and bring it to boil. (Tip: don’t let the water boil completely. Once it starts showing bubbles, add the tea bags. This will help in keeping oxygen in the water and will help you get a nice fizz.)
  2. Once it boils up, add your tea bags. (Don’t stir!)
  3. After 8-10 minutes, remove your tea bags and add 1 cup of sugar. Stir until the sugar is dissolved.
  4. Mix your sweet tea to the rest of your water and pour the mixture in to your jar.
  5. Add in the Kombucha starter tea to your sweet tea and mix.
  6. Add in your Kombucha SCOBY to the mixture.Kombucha-SCOBY-Mother
  7. Cover your jar with the cloth and secure it with a rubber band. Place it in a dry and warm place.
  8. Wait for 3-7 days.
  9. After 3 days, taste your kombucha tea. If the taste is tart and sweet to your liking, it’s good to go! You can now drink it as it is or mix it with your favorite fruit juice or you can go on to second fermentation (instructions here). If it’s still too sweet, taste it again in 12 hours.

Note: Leave the SCOBY and at least a cup of your kombucha tea in to your jar. That will serve as the starter for your next batch.

Want to start brewing your own kombucha tea? Click here to get kombucha brewing kits.

20 thoughts on “Kombucha Recipe: How to Make Kombucha Tea at Home

  1. Wer can i buy d mother Scoby? And how much?

    1. Hi Mary Grace. Pls go to

  2. what are the difference between water kifer and kombucha, which is best to raise?

    1. I like kombucha more than water kefir. so biased opinion, kombucha.

  3. Good morning. I would like to buy the kambucha tea.

    1. Hi Josie, please click this link to go to our online shop:

      Also replied to your fb comments, text and email the other day.

      Thank you,


  4. Hi. I saw your website. I just left the Philippines and tried making Kambucha there. I succeeded but will need supplies for family. My question is, Can you ship to Talisay, Camarines Norte if I order from here in NJ, USA?

    1. Hi. Yes. Just put your address here as your shipping address.

  5. Hi ms jannah.can I order your stuff via COD? Thank you. I’m from Cebu city. Thank you.

    1. Hi Rosario. sorry we dont offer COD. replied to your email as well.

      1. Hi! Jannah. How can I send the payment if I’ll order kombucha starter k


        1. Hi Rosario. You may pay thru BPI, PayPal/Credit Card, western union, LBC or cebuana lhuillier. Just order thru the website and choose your preferred payment method and follow the instructions in the order confirmation page which you will also see in your email.

  6. Hi! I would also like to try to make kombucha at home. But I would like to add flavors like the bottled kombucha that is sold in healthy options. Do you have a recipe for flavored kombucha?

  7. Hi. I have a sensitive tummy and I found out I need to take more probiotic. I used to drink Yakult but it has high sugar content. I found out that Kombucha and Kefir are good sources of probiotics. I saw your instructions on how to make a tea out of those but it has sugar. Can I make a tea without sugar?

    1. hi. you can’t make kombucha without sugar. the bacteria and yeasts feed on it.

  8. Hi Jannah,

    I just purchased the Kombucha brewing kit and I have few questions:
    1. I am renting a small place here in Ortigas and the room doesn’t have proper exhaust. Should I be concern about the temperature? It gets so hot, especially in the afternoon.
    2. Until how many brews can I use the scoby?
    3. Do you have a recommended brand or type of sugar to use?


    1. Hi Ann,

      1. As long as it’s warm, dark and away from direct sunlight, it’s ok. The only thing with high temp though is that it will ferment faster.
      2. Indefinitely, as long as there’s no mold.
      3. white, organic is preferred. brand doesn’t matter.

  9. Where can I purchase one gallon glass jar?

    1. Hi Chiz. Our supermarkets here in the province have them. Handyman also has big glass jars.

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