DIY Kombucha (aka the gut love elixir)

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Kombucha is a fermented tea. Similar to the brewing process of wine or beer, kombucha is "brewed" or fermented with sugar, tea as the liquid and yeast. The yeast also known as the scoby is the fermenting agent that carries all of the nutritional qualities to this drink. fermented foods or drinks like kombucha hold live bacteria cultures that are important for healthy gut function which in turns leads to a strong functioning immune system. 

I personally like to make kombucha myself because it is wayy cheaper and I can also control how long it ferments. Many of the products on the market ferment for less time and have a sweeter taste which means there is a higher sugar content. The more you ferment the tea, the more medicinal properties it will have. Here is my home recipe. Enjoy!

Ingredients

-Gallon size glass jar or lemonade container (make sure its really clean!!)

-1 gallon of filtered water

-10 Black or herbal Tea bags (any kind you like- I love lemon ginger )

-1 cup of white sugar

-1 Scoby

Directions

1. Boil water. When boiled, turn off stove. Then add tea bags to steep and add sugar. Stir tea + sugar mixture so it dissolves.

2. Let tea cool to room temperature. (I put mine outside for a few hours, covered)

3. Once cooled, transfer tea to glass container, add the Scoby and cover. 

4. Let ferment in a cooler place without direct light. It usually takes about 15 days but check it in 1 week to see if you like the flavor. The longer it sits, the more bitter it will taste. 

 

Andrea Rodgers