So, I’ve become a bit of an addict. A kombucha addict. Who knew some fermented tea would make a girl so happy? But it does. And I’m too cheap to buy it. A friend told me someone at the market in Shediac was selling it for $20 a bottle. Ummm…yeah, I’ll make my own, thanks. My friend Stacy gifted me a scoby and some starter tea back in February and I’ve been brewing ever since. I’ve experimented with a few things and now I’ve got it down to what I like.
Generally, I like to start with a plain black tea, so I’ve been using a strongly brewed English Breakfast for the most part, and I let mine ferment for about 10 or so days. Once it hits the 14 day mark, I find it’s getting a bit too vinegar-y for my taste. So I strain, bottle and drink like crazy. I don’t always do a second ferment, because it’s pretty good all by it’s lonesome, but add in some strawberries or flavoured tea and let sit for a few days and bam! Fruity deliciousness. And fizzy, fruity deliciousness at that. If kombucha brewing is up your alley and you want to find out more, check out http://www.kombuchakamp.com or http://www.culturesforhealth.com. Those are great resources. I’ve also joined a couple of kombucha brewing groups on Facebook, and they’ve been a great source of inspiration.
Since I’ve started my kombucha addiction, I’ve had a lot of friends ask how to get started. One thing that happens when you brew your own is that you may eventually be over run by extra scobys. I’m going to be adopting mine out this weekend. On Sunday, I’ve got some friends coming over to learn how to make their own. And they all get their own scoby and starter tea to take home. Awe! Scoby babies are heading to new kombucha families!
This was the first little scoby I put in here. The jar is now almost packed solid with them. My husband says he will be glad to see the “jelly fish” disappear from the pantry cupboard. But I’m sure it won’t take long for more to take their place. I may have to do a kombucha how to party every couple of months if my brew keeps going this well. Today, I’ve got three gallon jars on top of my fridge brewing. One is English Breakfast black tea, one is Classic Sencha green tea (and the scobys are so white!!!) and the third one is a mix of the two teas. It will be fun to see what everyone prefers.
Do you brew your own? I’d love to hear about your experiences!