Cost of Homemade Kombucha VS Store-Bought
Using the above examples, if you were to drink a bottle of kombucha a day from the store, you’re looking at $1,460 a year. For home-brewed kombucha and for comparison purposes, let’s max out the investment cost and brew a gallon a week, this will yield seven 16 oz bottles and is the same as drinking a bottle of store-bought a day. Okay, so you spend $80 on the initial brewing equipment and a SCOBY, our kombucha kit here is about half this cost, and you brew a gallon a week. A gallon of kombucha a week can cost you as little as $0.79 plus flavor – let’s round up to $1. With this example, it would cost $52 a year in kombucha plus brewing equipment.
So Should I Make Kombucha or Buy It?
We say both, from a cost perspective, you can really save yourself quite a bit of money by brewing kombucha at home. Also, you are in complete control of your brew when going this route. You can design and make any kombucha flavor combination you can think of, not limiting yourself to what is available on the store shelf. You can also make it as sweet or as tart as you like and even make it alcoholic. There are advantages to brewing kombucha at home. Store-bought kombucha is convenient and can be picked up when needed. We find that most people shift to mostly homemade kombucha and enjoy store-bought kombucha here and there when convenient. If you are thinking about brewing kombucha, we recommend that you check out our kombucha brewing guide and well as our brewing supplies for kombucha.