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Monday, August 11, 2014

Kombucha Time

I love kombucha. Yes, it sounds fairly unappetizing (a drink made by fermenting tea with a SCOBY [symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast]). But I promise you, it tastes much, much better. At first, I drank store-bought kombucha, but it turns out kombucha can be a very expensive habit. So I acquired a kombucha kit and started to make my own. I've been making kombucha for over a year and have experimented with many different flavors.

If you want more info about making your own kombucha, I found this site helpful when starting out: http://www.kombuchabrooklyn.com/how-to-brew

I bottled a new batch a few days ago. Like usual, I did a different flavor in each bottle. This time, I did a few new flavors or combinations. I always add 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of white sugar to help with secondary fermentation. In the first few batches I bottled, I did not add sugar and they did not carbonate well from the natural sugars in the fruit alone. This batch, I decided to try not adding sugar to two bottles to see how well it carbonates, now that I know a little more about fermentation times.





Batch #22
Brewed 7/23/14
Bottled 8/8/14
Flavors:
Basil - 1 teaspoon sugar & 3 fresh basil leaves
Strawberry Basil - 1/2 teaspoon sugar & 3 basil leaves & 4 chopped berries
Peach - 1/2 teaspoon sugar & 1/3 of a peach, sliced
Cinnamon blueberry - 1/2 teaspoon sugar & 1 cinnamon stick & 20 berries
Grape - 5 grapes (no sugar added)
Strawberry - 5 berries (no sugar added)

Ready to ferment!

I also brewed another batch, which will be ready to bottle in about two weeks.


Bonus post: I just opened a bottle from my previous batch. It is watermelon flavored and it sat in secondary fermentation for 19 days. I used fresh watermelon pieces to flavor it. It overflowed when opened - very carbonated! It was really good, but not as strong a watermelon flavor as I expected. Tasted more like unflavored kombucha with a hint of watermelon. Next time, I plan to mash or puree the watermelon so I can put more fruit in the bottle.

This is why I always open kombucha near the sink.

2 comments:

  1. I have never seen anyone blog about Kombucha before, and that is so cool! I just started drinking it after finding out about it in the book, The Maker's Diet. It is neat that you make your own!!

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    1. Thanks! I really enjoy making it, and I love that I can make any flavors I want. I hope you find some helpful info here!

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