• Jen Gibbs

How to Make Homemade Kombucha

Updated: Jan 25


First Batch of Homemade Kombucha!

There's no denying that kombucha has risen in popularity over the last couple of years. Most grocery stores and gas stations carry the healthy probiotic drink on their shelves. After falling in love with GT's kombucha, Mark's sister, Abby, actually gave me her recipe to make the delicious drink at home! I've been obsessed ever since. Here's how Abby taught me to make delicious homemade kombucha.


Ingredients:


1 gallon of Water

10 - Black Tea Bags

3/4 - 1cup (your preference) of sugar

1 - One-gallon jar

1 - Scoby (Symbiotic Culture Of Bacteria and Yeast)

Fruits/vegetables of your choice we usually use:


Limes

Mint

Cucumber

Pomegranate

Strawberries

Blueberries

Ginger


And we make tons of different combinations!


Making kombucha is actually really easy, it just takes a lot of time. I've also heard that it can smell but to be honest, whenever I've made a batch I've never had an issue!


Directions:


1.) Boil 4 cups of water and add in the 10 black tea bags. Simmer the tea in the boiling water for 10 minutes


2.) Remove tea bags from the mixture and dump boiling tea into the 1-gallon jar


3.) Add the desired amount of sugar into the 1-gallon jar and stir until completely dissolved


4.) Add room temp (lukewarm) water into the jar almost to the top. Stir again.


5.) Gently place your scoby on the top of the water in the jar.


Note: The scoby may sink/move around/float/do flips/etc. and this is fine! You don't have a bad batch of scoby, nor will your kombucha taste gross, you just have a scoby that's very full of life.


6.) Place a paper towel on top of jar an secure with a rubber band or some kind of tie - don't use a regular lid! The scoby needs to be able to breathe, the paper towel lets it breathe and keeps dust (or in our case, dog hair!) out of your kombucha.


7.) Leave out for 7-30 days (your preference) and make sure the water is "room-temp." Not too hot, not too cold.


8.) When the time has come for you to take the next step (again it's a personal preference!) add desired fruits and veggies to mason jars.


9.) Remove the scoby and pour the tea into the mason jars - let sit for 2 days or until the desired flavor is reached.


Note: you can throw the jars in the refrigerator like we did or keep them at room temp.


10.) Burp mixtures every day (they are carbonated you don't want them to explode)


11.) Remove fruit and keep in refrigerator until it's time to drink them! :)


As I stated before, the recipe itself is super easy that a kid could do it! The time frame is just long to make sure the drink fits the desired taste you're looking for.


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Did you try making kombucha yourself? Let me know how it went! (I wanna see pictures!) What are your favorite flavors? Do you have any tips or tricks to speed up the process or have it taste different? I'd love to hear! Drop a comment below, reach out to me on social media, or shoot me an email. I'd love to share your stories with the world!


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