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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.