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Homemade Kombucha Tea Recipe

Homemade Kombucha Tea

These pictures ahead may not be the “prettiest,” but what this drink does for your gut, well, that makes it all worth it!

Kombucha (kom-boo-cha) is likely something you haven’t heard of (or maybe you have!) and you are wondering why the heck I’m so excited to make it!  Because I am SO excited about this recipe! I am VERY proud of myself for making something so cool 😉

I don’t know about you, but the thought of a drink that is bubbly, a little sweet, deliciously healing, and detoxifying, has been a dream come true for me! Kombucha not only tastes amazing, but it is so good for us!

Kombucha is a fermented probiotic tea that has been made for thousands of years for its wonderful and healthful properties.  The first recorded use of kombucha was in 221 B.C. during the Chinese empire of the Tsin-Dynasty. They called it “The remedy for immortality” or the “divine tische”.

What makes Kombucha so good for us?

  1. Kombucha’s greatest health benefits is it helps detox the body from toxins. It helps by reducing your pancreatic load and eases the burden of your liver by providing extra enzymes and healthy bacteria.  Kombucha is also rich in Glucaric acid and recent studies have shown that Glucaric acid  can help prevent cancer.
  2. Kombucha contains glucosamines, a strong preventive and treatment all forms of arthritis.
  3. Kombucha is naturally fermented with GOOD bacteria and yeast making is a natural probiotic beverage.  Personally, I have used it when combatting a stomach bug and I really feel it has helped tremendously.
  4. It is naturally antioxidant rich which will then boost our immune systems.

Unfortunately, it is very expensive to drink daily if you buy from the store.  They are about $3.50 each.  Thankfully, you can now easily make your own!  Once you get the hang of it, it also only takes about 20 minutes start to finish.

Homemade Kombucha Tea

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of organic cane sugar (You need sugar for the fermentation process, but there is virtually no sugar left by the end of fermentation.  So don’t worry about the amount!)
  • 1 Gallon of Filtered water
  • 2 Large Black, Green, Oolong or white tea bags (or 4-6 smaller ones)
  • SCOBY or Kombucha Starter (You can make your own.  Learn how to  here!)
Homemade Kombucha Tea
Boil 1 gallon of water, turn off heat and add 1 cup of cane sugar to the water. Stir to combine.
Homemade Kombucha Tea
Add tea bags of choice and seep according to directions. Make sure not to seep too long or you will have bitter tea.
Homemade Kombucha Tea
Let the tea cool completely. This may take a few hours. If you put the SCOBY in warm water it will kill it.
Homemade Kombucha Tea
Okay, I told you the pictures are not going to be too attractive. The SCOBY is definitely not pretty! Add your cooled tea to a Glass container and then add your SCOBY to the tea.
Homemade Kombucha Tea
Cover with a cloth and use a tie or rubber band to ensure that no critters will enter. Place in room that is a little warmer and where it will be out of direct sunlight. Let ferment for 7 to 10 days. You can leave it longer, up to 30, but the taste might become very strong.
Homemade Kombucha Tea
I decided to bottle at day 8. I was a little nervous to let it ferment any longer. The SCOBY grew to cover the entire top of the container.
Homemade Kombucha Tea
Remove the SCOBY and place in a plastic or glass dish. Do not let metal touch it, because it can damage or kill it.
Homemade Kombucha Tea
I found some reusable swing top bottles online, but you can also just use 8 or 16 oz Mason Jars to “bottle.”

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It makes six 16 oz bottles. Close the tops and let sit out for 2-3 more days to carbonate… naturally! Then place in the refrigerator to stop the fermenting process.

Enjoy a fizzy and refreshing Kombucha… for your Health! Salute!

Get Creative! Try some added flavorings to your Kombucha…

  • Blueberries and raspberries
  • Blueberries and cinnamon
  • Blueberries and fresh or candied ginger
  • Strawberries and fresh or candied ginger
  • Strawberries and raspberries
  • Cherries and almond extract
  • Fresh peaches
  • Fresh pears
  • Pears and almond extract
  • Goji berries
  • Pineapple
  • Cranberry juice
  • Pear juice
  • Pomegranate-blueberry juice
  • Apple juice and cinnamon
  • Grape juice
  • Lemon juice and fresh or candied ginger
  • Lime juice and fresh or candied ginger
  • Pineapple juice, coconut water, and coconut extract
  • Vanilla beans (split open) or vanilla extract
  • Pumpkin pie spice
  • Fresh or candied ginger
  • Coconut extract

Whatever container you use to bottle, fill about 1/3 with juice or fresh fruit, and the rest the Kombucha tea. Lemon or ginger would obviously be less. Flavorings can be added to the Kombucha just prior to drinking or they can be added to the Kombucha and then the mixture added while bottling to sit out for the 2-3 days.

Do you have a favorite Kombucha? Please Share!  Have you tried making Kombucha before?  We would LOVE to hear your experience! 🙂

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9 thoughts on “Homemade Kombucha Tea Recipe

  1. I love Kombucha! A friend gave me a scoby when hers was too thick (had many “children”), so I tried it and fell in love. I used a continuous brewing method. Basically taking 75% of the liquid out and leaving 25% with scoby in the jar (I had a huge glass jar), and then adding the newly brewed tea with sugar. It all came to an end about a month ago, when I found tiny worm like things in my scoby. Had to throw everything out 😦 I am waiting for a new scoby to start going again. I have read a LOT on this subject and do know that it should be good for you 🙂
    By the way, I am surprised that you have it next to a window (or was it just for a photo) as I actually wrapped another towel around the glass jar to ensure that there is no light (I think that I read somewhere that it should be kept in the dark.

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  2. Hi!!! I’m still trying to catch up with everything I’ve missed on your blog in the last month or so! I LOVE kombucha and would never have thought I could make it myself! I will definitely have to give it a shot. Have you tried any of those flavors yet? If so, which ones did you like best?

    On another note- I have to say that I used your apple leather quite a bit last month! From keeping them happy on our flights to and from Florida, to rewards while they were potty training (Oh how glorious it is to not have to change diapers anymore!!!). Think I may try making some other flavors too 🙂

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    1. Wow! They are both potty trained!? I am SO impressed! Please share what book/technique you used! I have not pushed it, but they do use the potty… sometimes 😉 My favorite flavor is Ginger! This was my first time making it and it was a blueberry tea so I didn’t need to add anything to it. It was so good, but I will definitely be trying the Ginger next! 🙂 I have my second batch finishing up in a couple days.

      P.S. I was wondering where you where! 😉 So glad you are back and the kids love the apple leather!

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      1. I used the 3 day method and it worked really well for us 🙂 That being said, they were both really ready and wanting to do it. They’ve been accident free for about a month now and it’s like a whole new world 😉 Someone gave me the 3 Day PDF- I’ll email (fb message) it to you if you like 🙂
        Ginger and blueberry both sound great!! I think I’ll try the blueberry first since I can just use teabags and don’t need to be adding stuff later (sounds easier!).

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