Homemade Kombucha Tea: Getting Started Guide

By Jessica Lymberopoulos April 13, 2013 No Comments

The occasional kombucha tea drinker can probably afford the steep price of buying it bottled. But if you’re a regular drinker, the thought of making homemade kombucha has probably crossed your mind.

Luckily, you’ve got two great options for starting to make your own kombucha that will save big money in the long run.

Sink or Swim

If you’ve made other fermented beverages at home, like beer or wine, you may be ready to make homemade kombucha without any help or supplies. The Kitchn has an excellent post covering the nitty gritty of how to make kombucha from scratch.

Simple Start

Do the words yeast, fermentation, and bacteria make you crinkle your nose? Or remind you of a science fair project gone wrong? Starting with a home brew kit for kombucha will help demystify the process as you learn how to make it.

homemade kombucha tea

Here’s the basic kombucha making formula that a kit will guide you through:

  1. Sweetened tea + SCOBY + Time
  2. - SCOBY
  3. + Flavorings + Refrigeration
  4. = Kombucha!

SCOBY? That’s the gross bacteria part we were trying to avoid. But, you need a SCOBY to make kombucha healthy and full of probiotics. Just think of it as a little seed of good bacteria that gets the whole brewing process rolling in the right direction.

Most good kits include tea specially formulated for kombucha home brewing, sweeteners and enhancers, minerals, a filter, a SCOBY, and detailed instructions.

Ready to get brewing? We recommend Kombuchick’s Simple Start Home Brew Kit for Kombucha.

It’ll have you flaunting your homemade kombucha like a hipster before you can find out your spirit animal.

This kit stands out in particular because of the care Kombuchick has put into crafting herbal tea blends made to handle kombucha’s fermentation process especially well.

Kombuchick is also really serious about guiding you through the home brew process and provides 24-hour support via e-mail.

If you have any questions about getting started, leave us a comment. Otherwise, happy brewing!

Photo (cc) via Flickr user solylunafamilia.

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