I’ve always wanted to make my own Kombucha, having first had it years ago. It is a great probiotic and tends to be expensive to buy. Here is a very basic recipe and instructions on how to make Kombucha tea at home. After you’ve done it once, it becomes a breeze. It really is that easy. You will be making batch after batch.
Here is what you need to make Kombucha tea at home
- 1 SCOBY (you can make your own, but I just bought one)
- 8 black tea bags (use organic if possible)
- 1 cup white sugar (again use organic if possible)
- 2 cups Kombucha from your previous batch (or distilled white wine vinegar if you don’t have a previous batch)
- 1 gallon of water
- 1 gallon jar
- 1 cloth or old tshirt (this is to cover the jar during the fermentation process)
- Boil the 4 liters of water.
- Once the water has boiled, put in your tea bags.
- Let it steep for at least 5 minutes. Basically steep it for as long as you like. Steeping it too long can make the tea bitter.
- Add the sugar and stir it well.
- Let the tea cool. It has to come to room temperature, anything else will kill the SCOBY.
- Once cooled add it to your jar for fermentation.
- You can now place your SCOBY in the jar.
- Cover it with the cloth or old tshirt and secure with a rubber band or string.
- Leave it in a cool dark place to ferment and make sure it is not moved too much.
- Allow it to ferment for a minimum of 7-10 days. It can take up to 14 days. After a few days a new SCOBY should start to form, mine formed at the top of the Jar and was thick enough to move just around the 7 day mark.
- You can taste it occasionally, moving the SCOBY with a spoon and tasting the tea.
- Once it is done fermenting, bottle it and store it in the refrigerator.
What if I want to make less?
The ingredients above are for 1 gallon of water. If you want to make less you can divide the recipe. For example, my first batch was just a liter. So I used a quarter of the recipe.
I don’t have a Kombucha starter, and can’t buy it in stores, what do I do?
The whole point of it is to increase acidity to prevent harmful bacteria from growing. You can substitute with distilled white wine vinegar.
Is it bad to use white wine vinegar instead of the starter?
Not at all. It does affect the taste though. I used the vinegar for my first batch, which was smaller and then used that as a starter for the next.
Can I use brown sugar?
You could but it will affect the fermentation process. Brown sugar is white sugar with the molasses added back which can affect fermentation.
If you have anymore questions, please post in the comments below.