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.
- Live Kombucha SCOBY/Kombucha Culture/Kombucha Mother (Get a live SCOBY here)
- 6-8 green/black/white tea bags (Buy different types of tea here)
- 1 cup of sugar (white. Organic is preferred. More about sugar for kombucha brewing)
- 1 gallon of water
- 1 cup starter liquid
- A gallon jar
- A clean piece of cloth or coffee filter
- A rubber band
- cooking pot
(For first fermentation or 1F)
- 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.)
- Once it boils up, add your tea bags. (Don’t stir!)
- After 8-10 minutes, remove your tea bags and add 1 cup of sugar. Stir until the sugar is dissolved.
- Mix your sweet tea to the rest of your water and pour the mixture in to your jar.
- Add in the Kombucha starter tea to your sweet tea and mix.
- Add in your Kombucha SCOBY to the mixture.
- Cover your jar with the cloth and secure it with a rubber band. Place it in a dry and warm place.
- Wait for 3-7 days.
- 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.