I recently have cut out alcohol from my life for health purposes and have oddly been drawn to purchasing Kombucha when I'm at the grocery store to fight the urge of grabbing the latter. I love it so much that I am constantly buying bottles and decided that I would try to make my own.
I read a few articles online and have figured its pretty easy to do and all you need is:
- 7 c. Filtered water
- 4 black tea bags
- 1/2 c of white sugar
- raw and unfiltered bottle of kombucha
- 1 1/2 liter glass or ceramic jar
All you do is boil the 7 cups of water and remove from heat, add the sugar and stir until dissolved. Next add the 4 black tea bags and steep until the tea comes to room temperature (this will take a few hours you don't want to use warm tea ) . Next add half of the tea mixture to the jar and the the raw, unfiltered bottle of Kombucha, cover with cheesecloth and secure with a rubber band to prevent dusk and bugs from entering.
Leave in a dark room temperature place (like a cabinet) for 1-4 weeks and your scoby will be formed. If you see any type of mold in the jar throw it out and start over. There shouldn't be any mold whatsoever.
I just tried this recipe today and will check in on the comments whether it works well or not, or what I would do different.
Have you ever made a scoby? If so what are some tips and tricks that made your kombucha successful?