Who’s tried Kombucha? As a Brooklynite, Kombucha is everywhere. I’m almost ashamed to admit it, but last weekend was the first time I’ve ever tried the stuff. (Don’t spread that around).
My first memory of Kombucha was when I was very little. My mom used to brew it in our basement. As a kid, I thought it was gross, I don’t think I even tried it because I couldn’t get over the vinegar smell. Times have changed and now I’m hooked. P.S. My mom is one cool woman.
I just made my first batch of ‘buch this afternoon. So easy. Here is what you do:
1. In 2 cups of boiling water, brew some black or green tea. Let steep for 20 minutes.
2. Dissolve 1/2 cup of sugar into the tea concentrate (this is what the SCOBY will eat and is an important part of the fermentation process)
3. Add 4 cups of cold water to this tea concoction
4. Fill the home brewing jar with the tea concoction and add the SCOBY (Symbiotic Colony of Bacteria and Yeast). This is what will turn your sugary tea into amazing probiotic goodness. (A free SCOBY comes with the home brewing kit.)
5. Wait 7-14 days.
6. Flavor (optional) and bottle
So far, I’ve only made it to step 4. I’ll keep you updated on my Kombucha endeavors.
Have you ever brewed Kombucha?