If you want to infuse your life with even more simple pleasures then I highly recommend you begin by making your own kombucha! I can’t even fully express to you how much extra joy and refreshment my fist try at making kombucha has brought into my life! From the fizzy bubbles that funnel to the top of the bottle and tickle the tip of my nose to the endless possibilities of custom made flavors, I am in awe over this wonderous tea! Last week I embarked on my first kombucha brewing mission when a dear chef friend of mine offered me a scoby (acronym for symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast). As gross as the scoby appeared and as much as I didn’t want to touch it I’m glad I accepted the offer to adopt his fungus,well that came out wrong but you know what I’m referring to! Quirky awkwardness aside find a scoby or pick up a kombucha starter kit from your local health food store and before you know it you will be enjoying the simplicity and refreshment of your first brew.
You should know that I have always put off making my own fermented beverage as I’ve had sour luck with fermenting foods in the past but this was different, this was easy, and if I mastered it on my first try then you surely can too!
What flavors would you infuse into your brew?
If you haven’t seen my kombucha tasting video yet, enjoy:
- 1 scoby
- 1 cup raw sugar
- 1 gallon filtered or distilled water
- 5 oolong tea bags (you can also use black or green tea)
- 1/4 cup sliced ginger
- 1/2 cup raspberries
- 1 sprig of basil with a few leaves
- Clean and dry well a 1 gallon jar
- In a large pot boil the water
- Once the water is boiling add the tea bags and stir in the sugar
- Once the sugar has dissolved remove from the heat and allow to cool completely to room temperature. Be very mindful of the temperature and patient enough to let it cool completely as you do not want to harm the scoby.
- Once the tea has cooled to room temperature remove the tea bags and pour into your gallon jar. Add the scoby with the remaining 2 cups kombucha to your jar (if you have a scoby that wasn't in kombucha already you will use 2 cups of an original flavored kombucha beverage)
- Place a towel or two layers of cheesecloth over your jar and then seal it with a rubber-band
- Label your jar with a piece of tape to know what day you began the fermentation process
- Set your brew in a warm dark space and allow it to ferment for about 1 week
- You may decide to let it ferment longer depending on how you'd like it to taste
- After about 1 week you will notice a new layer of bacteria and yeast you will want to start another jar or give it away for others to take part in the joy that is kombucha
- Once you find a taste you like and are ready to bottle your brew simply pour the kombucha into a glass jar and add in the ginger, berries and basil
- Place your bottled beverage in the fridge and enjoy often
- The flavor combination of berries, basil and ginger is by far my favorite kombucha pairing yet however, I highly recommend you experiment with your own flavor ideas. Summer is a great time to get your hand on berries and herbs so get creative and have some fun!