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Brewing kombucha at home is easy!The Complete Kombucha Brewing Starter Kit

The hardest part is learning to trust the process. Feeding bacteria and yeast, as you would a pet, then drinking its byproducts isn’t exactly intuitive but, luckily, that’s the main hurdle you’ve got to get over. A brew or two is all you need to get comfortable with the weirdness and begin loving and enjoying your very own home-brewed kombucha!

The only other hurdle you may run into is the factor of time. You’ve got to embrace your inner laziness and let that babysit. You may get antsy and may get excited (which you should), but fermentation takes time. Once you get into a rhythm, it becomes second nature, and before you know it, you’re a pro.

Let’s talk more about time. The longer you let any ferment go, the more time the bacteria and yeast have to eat and produce the nutritious byproducts. For kombucha, however, if you let it go too long will eventually compromise the flavor. The sweet spot depends mainly on the temperature of your kitchen (or wherever you’re brewing). Warmer temperatures promote faster brews, while colder brews will ferment slowly. Simply monitoring your brew by taste-testing allows you to mark the progress and decide when it’s ready.

Your taste buds are your most valuable indicators of when your brew is complete. A good rule of thumb is to start tasting on day 7. If it needs more time, don’t fret– depending on temperature, a healthy kombucha brew can take several weeks. If it happens to be too vinegary for you by day 7, then you’ll know to begin tasting earlier for the next brew.

HOW TO BREW KOMBUCHA

Gather all of your supplies and give your utensils, pot, and gallon glass jar a good rinse with hot water and distilled white vinegar.

What you will need:

  1. 1-gallon glass jar
  2.  Small pot
  3. Coffee filter or cloth cover
  4. Rubber band.
  5. 14 cups of filtered water*
  6. 1 cup of organic cane sugar.
  7. 6 tea bags or 6 tsp loose leaf black tea, green tea, or a kombucha tea blend.
  8. Kombucha SCOBY starter culture.
  9. Thermometer <— these sticky adhesive ones work great, making it easier to see the temperature throughout the fermentation as well.
  10. pH strips.
  11. Funnel.
  12. Air tight bottles – these 16 oz airtight Kombucha Bottles work great for both secondary fermentation, and storage of your finished brew.

*Filtered water is essential. City water is treated with chlorine; a chemical specifically added to inhibit microbe growth. We are trying to encourage microbe growth during fermentation, so its best to remove the chlorine. Any carbon filtration system will work. This includes Brita Filters and refrigerator filters, given you have been on top of changing the filter. If not, a gallon jug of spring water from the store will work as well!

Brewing Instructions:

  1. In a small pot, bring 2 cups of water to a boil – turn off and remove from heat.
  2. Place tea in the pot. If you’re using loose-leaf, you can either use a reusable tea steeper or add it straight to the pot and strain out later
  3. Allow tea to steep for 5-10 minutes, then remove from pot.
  4. Add the sugar and stir until it’s fully dissolved.
  5. Pour the contents of the pot into the gallon brew jar.
  6. Top the jar off with cool filtered water, making sure to leave room for your culture plus a little breathing room–about 3 inches
  7. Before you move on to the next step, the temperature of the tea should be somewhere in the 70’s. Using cold water makes that happen quicker.
  8. Gently stir in your kombucha starter culture–SCOBY plus starter tea [should be 1 cup starter tea per gallon]
  9. Using a shot glass or a spoon, remove a small amount of liquid from the brew jar to test the pH. If the pH reads 4 or below, continue to step 11.
  10. If the pH reads above 4, slowly add distilled white vinegar and test until it reaches that point.
  11. Secure the coffee filter over the opening of the jar with a rubber band. This is important to keep bugs out and allow your ferment to breathe.
  12. Place your brew jar in a warm spot, out of direct sunlight for 7-10 days, undisturbed.
  13. After seven days in the desired temperature range [75-85°F], it’s time to start taste testing. It should only be slightly sweet. If it tastes overly sweet, then it needs more time to ferment. Cover and check back daily until it reaches a balance of slightly sweet and tart.

When you’re kombucha tastes to your liking, it’s time to bottle it!

Ready to bottle? Hop over to the How to Bottle Kombucha post to get started!

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I would highly recommend buying this “mama”.

This scoby arrived in great packaging, healthy, very active, in good size and with enough starter tea. I followed ratio instructions from the back of the pack and my first batch of kombucha was a success. I would highly recommend buying this "mama".

Nina Videtic

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5
2019-11-07T01:31:12-05:00

Nina Videtic

This scoby arrived in great packaging, healthy, very active, in good size and with enough starter tea. I followed ratio instructions from the back of the pack and my first batch of kombucha was a success. I would highly recommend buying this "mama".

Great communication from the seller!

Arrived quickly and very nice packaging. I’m new to this but product looks very healthy and large size. Starter liquid very pungent and healthy looking. Great communication from the seller!

Nick

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2019-11-07T01:34:04-05:00

Nick

Arrived quickly and very nice packaging. I’m new to this but product looks very healthy and large size. Starter liquid very pungent and healthy looking. Great communication from the seller!

Oh this worked out great!!

Oh this worked out great!! I read the reviews here that said these scobys come with a full cup of the kombucha starter liquid so that when you add it into your gallon of sweet tea, it will end up the perfect ph (instead of you having to add vinegar in to adjust the ph like other kombucha sets on Amazon that don't come with enough of the liquid). As a first time kombucha brewer, I was willing to pay a little extra to ensure the ph was correct from the get go, and I'm happy to report back that this worked great. I highly recommend buying your scobys from here if you are a beginner like I was.

KC

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5
2019-11-07T01:32:13-05:00

KC

Oh this worked out great!! I read the reviews here that said these scobys come with a full cup of the kombucha starter liquid so that when you add it into your gallon of sweet tea, it will end up the perfect ph (instead of you having to add vinegar in to adjust the ph like other kombucha sets on Amazon that don't come with enough of the liquid). As a first time kombucha brewer, I was willing to pay a little extra to ensure the ph was correct from the get go, and I'm happy to report back that this worked great. I highly recommend buying your scobys from here if you are a beginner like I was.

It made me feel like a genius!!!

Everything that I have received from these guys has always been top notch! I got my first Kombucha kit a while back and it had step by step instructions that even a total newbie like me could follow and I ended up making super awesome Kombucha!!! It made me feel like a genius!!!

Wesley Edwards

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5
2019-11-07T01:35:47-05:00

Wesley Edwards

Everything that I have received from these guys has always been top notch! I got my first Kombucha kit a while back and it had step by step instructions that even a total newbie like me could follow and I ended up making super awesome Kombucha!!! It made me feel like a genius!!!

The kombucha was delicious and it created a new Scoby within a week.

I’ve ordered other items from this seller in the past and have always been satisfied. This SCOBY was no exception. It arrived super healthy and in great packaging. The kombucha was delicious and it created a new Scoby within a week. One thing to note is that this comes with 8 ounces of starter which is great because it’s the exact amount needed for a gallon batch. It’s important to read the listings as most others will come with half that and tell you to add vinegar to make up for the insufficient starter tea they provide. So if you don’t compensate by adding vinegar the pH won’t be low enough and you end up growing mold. I say spend the extra few dollars and get the proper amount of starter tea needed to begin with.

David W.

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5
2019-11-07T01:29:57-05:00

David W.

I’ve ordered other items from this seller in the past and have always been satisfied. This SCOBY was no exception. It arrived super healthy and in great packaging. The kombucha was delicious and it created a new Scoby within a week. One thing to note is that this comes with 8 ounces of starter which is great because it’s the exact amount needed for a gallon batch. It’s important to read the listings as most others will come with half that and tell you to add vinegar to make up for the insufficient starter tea they provide. So if you don’t compensate by adding vinegar the pH won’t be low enough and you end up growing mold. I say spend the extra few dollars and get the proper amount of starter tea needed to begin with.

Adapts to a variety of experimental tea blends!

My first ordered Scobee was trained on black tea, but recent generations have adapted well to organic yerba mate, white and green tea brews with sugar, and other experimental combinations. The photo shows how new SCOBYs get lighter with white tea and yerba mate blends, similar in color to Jun.

Old SCOBYs do well in SCOBY hotels, too—as shown on youtube. But at the rate the specimens multiply, it’s easier for me to throw out shabby- looking specimens and keep the lively, thick and younger SCOBYs.
Fermentaholics
5
2019-11-07T01:33:10-05:00
My first ordered Scobee was trained on black tea, but recent generations have adapted well to organic yerba mate, white and green tea brews with sugar, and other experimental combinations. The photo shows how new SCOBYs get lighter with white tea and yerba mate blends, similar in color to Jun. Old SCOBYs do well in SCOBY hotels, too—as shown on youtube. But at the rate the specimens multiply, it’s easier for me to throw out shabby- looking specimens and keep the lively, thick and younger SCOBYs.

Owners are amazing!

Excellent company, couldn't be more pleased with the product! Owners are amazing!

Desiree Chubb

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5
2019-11-07T01:36:13-05:00

Desiree Chubb

Excellent company, couldn't be more pleased with the product! Owners are amazing!

The SCOBY was of excellent size and in pristine condition for a starter.

The SCOBY was of excellent size and in pristine condition for a starter. It's surrounding liquid was exactly the color and odor one would expect from well fermented Kombucha tea. No off odors that shouldn't have been there.

FuzzyKitten

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5
2019-11-07T01:35:01-05:00

FuzzyKitten

The SCOBY was of excellent size and in pristine condition for a starter. It's surrounding liquid was exactly the color and odor one would expect from well fermented Kombucha tea. No off odors that shouldn't have been there.
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