Learn what exactly kombucha is and how to make it!
Chances are, we've all heard or had a taste of kombucha in the past. The tart, sometimes, fizzy drink with just a hint of sweetness is actually a form of fermented tea. Flavors of kombucha may vary but the profile generally orbits around that of an apple cider or sparkling flavored water. The just-shy-of-sweet tanginess is what makes this summertime drink so refreshing.
Benefits of Kombucha
People utilize kombucha for a multitude of reasons. The drink has been known to reduce inflammation and lessen DNA damage. It also acts as a tremendous immune health support system, and could possibly reduce the likelihood of diseases such as cancer. It can even help improve your gut health by aiding in proper food digestion.
What Is It?
A simple kombucha is easily made with sugar, yeast, bacteria culture also known as SCOBY, and tea. Fermentation occurs when the bacteria absorbers the sugar. This process is also what gives the drink its signature tangy taste.
How To Make Kombucha
Ingredients and Supplies:
1 Gallon size glass jar
Cotton cloth and a rubber band that will fit over your jar's opening
12 cups filtered water
1 cup of sugar
3 tbsp of black tea of your choice
SCOBY and starter liquid
1 funnel (If you plan on individually bottling your brew.)
Boil 4 cups of filtered water, and then remove from heat.
Add your black tea to the heated water and steep for 10 minutes.
Add sugar to your water/tea mixture and stir till dissolved.
Transfer your mixture to the gallon glass jar and add the remaining 8 cups of cold water to your jar.
Add SCOBY and its starter liquid to the jar as well.
Cover the jar with your cotton cloth and secure it with the rubber band.
leave the jar in a warm, dark place for 10-12 days, and enjoy!
This week Catalyst Tea Company wants to know how you prefer your kombucha. Do you like the fizz, or do you prefer it flat? let us know in the comments below! We've also included some suggestions from our own line of black tea-based herbal blends to try out in your next batch of kombucha.