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Deluxe Kombucha Kit w/SCOBY (Mother Culture) & pH Strips
"I used to be a gourmet soda junkie. Thanks to Sacha Laurin and the gals at NessAlla Kombucha Company in Madison, Wisconsin, who turned me on to great tasting Kombucha,
I'm a changed man."-Steve Shapson
Kombucha is fast becoming a very popular beverage that not only tastes great, but can be beneficial to your health. Kombucha contains lot of Vitamin B and healthy bacteria and yeasts. I've had the commercial Kombucha of which there are many. Most just didn't wet my whistle. They had an odd aftertaste and were too acidic for my taste(you can adjust the acidity and flavor to your liking). After consuming some friend's(thanks Sacha) wonderful Kombucha and having some made by NessAlla in nearby Madison, Wisconsin, I was hooked. Kombucha is very easy to make. You can carbonate it naturally or artificially(I run two on tap at home). Add non-sweetened fruit juice after to give it the flavor you want. Or use herbal teas from Rishi to add great flavor. Kombucha is gluten & dairy free.-Steve Shapson (former gourmet soda consumer, now Kombucha lover).
Our Deluxe Kombucha Kit includes; one gallon(3.78l) glass wide mouth jar/plastic lid/cloth/heavy-duty rubber band, large 8 in.(20cm)-value $17.97, food grade funnel with removable screen -value $17.97, perfect to strain your Kombucha and a freshly cultivated Kombucha Mother Culture(SCOBY**)-value $14.97. You will need a pot/vessel to heat your tea, some plain white sugar and water. Each Kombucha Mother (SCOBY) is culivated in it's own glass container and then vacuum packed along with enough Kombucha to help your first batch succeed. Instructions & online support included. Includes 10 pH strips to test your Kombucha for the correct pH (acid level).
Order our Kombucha Kit with or without a combination of Black/Green teas and Herbal teas. Each selection of 2 oz.(57grams) tea is only $6.00**(a $8.97 value)when you purchase the Kit. **Priced lower than stores or online.
You'll want to add one or more of these incredibly delicious Rishi Teas, great for making Kombucha or steeping for tea. Use either Black or Green tea or a combination of both. Flavor your Kombucha using one or more Rishi Herbal Teas. Rishi Teas are quite concentrated so a little goes a long way. Instructions included to help you care and maintain your SCOBY and batches of Kombucha.
Choose either Black and Green Teas as the base tea for your Kombucha.
Choose a Herbal Teas to give your Kombucha a great flavor.
Tangerine Ginger Caffeine-Free Herbal Blend-Organic and Fair Trade™-2 oz.(57g)
Hibiscus Berry Caffeine-Free Herbal Blend Organic and Fair Trade™-2 oz.(57g)
Plum Berry White Tea-Organic Blend-2 oz.(57g)
Mandarin Citrus White Tea Organic Blend-2 oz.(57g)
Peach Blossom White Tea Organic Blend-2 oz.(57g)
Rishi Turmeric Ginger Caffeine-Free Herbal Blend Organic Tea-2 oz.(57g)
Using our Organic California Culinary Lavender Buds in Kombucha: Adding a small amount of our Culinary Lavender in your tea mix leaves a nice light finish in your Kombucha. Add just 3 grams(about 1/9th of a tsp) per gallon of water. This amount will result in a very pleasant flavor note, bringing your Kombucha to a whole new level. It's best to add Lavender when using Green Tea and/or White Tea.
Note: Your first batch may take more days to fully ferment due to the SCOBY's temporary dormancy, so be patient. The SCOBY will grow to the width of the jar(at the liquid surface) and the next batch will ferment in the actual 7-10 days.
Directions: Bring 1 gallon(3.78l) of water and 1 cup(236.5ml) white* sugar to boil, turn off heat, stir in tea, steep for 10-15 minutes and allow to cool to room temperature prior to adding Kombucha SCOBY(mother/culture). Or, instead of waiting for the steeped tea to cool down to room temperature, you can add some clean ice cubes and/or clean non chlorinated water to cool it down to where you can place the SCOBY into the jar. SCOBY's do not like too warm or hot tea. The temperature should be between 65-75F(18-24c).A good method is to steep the tea(s) in 25% of the total amount of water used(with 100% of the sugar). Strain off the tea, then add 25% ice and fill with cold water to get your 65-75F(18-24c) temperature.Use glass jar, cover with cloth using rubber band to secure cloth. Allow to ferment at room temperature*** for 7-10 days, sometimes longer with first batch. Using a clean spoon, taste your Kombucha for residual sweetness. Ferment until you prefer the acidity level (usually 7 days). Pull SCOBY off Kombucha and store SCOBY in a glass jar covered with either freshly made cooled tea/sugar or a small amount of already fermented Kombucha. Keep in refrigerator up to a few months, adding freshly made tea/sugar to maintain health of SCOBY. Color of SCOBY may look brown on top with strings hanging underneath. This is normal. Discard SCOBY if white, black or blue colonies of mold appear (red color on photo here is color of tea, not mold). You don't want your Kombucha to become too acidic. Seven days seems to be the magic time period for fermentation. Add non-sweetened fruit juice after to give it the flavor you want. Or use herbal teas from Rishi to add great flavor. Kombucha is gluten free. Store your Kombucha in a glass bottle with secure lid since the residual fermentation will create some carbonation.
Sugar to water ratio: 1 cup(236.5ml) of white sugar to 1 gallon(3.78l) of water.
Leaf to water ratio: Kombucha tea: 5 tsp.(24.6ml) for one gallon(3.78l) of water. Steep Time:10-15 minutes.
Leaf to water ratio: drinking tea: 1 tsp.(5ml) per 8 oz.(236.5ml) Steep Time: 3 minutes (1st infusion), 4 minutes (2nd infusion).
**Symbiotic Colony Of Bacteria & Yeast*Use only white sugar. Do not use artificial or brown sugar.***65-75F(18-24c)
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So Glad I took this class!
Posted by Jolene Abegglen on 18th Mar 2014
I took Steve's class at the beginning of this month and am SO glad I did. The class was fun and informative, the kit is amazing and Steve is so helpful. I think I contacted him at least 3 times with concerns during my first home brew. Each time he responded quickly, offered reassurance and gave additional information. My SCOBY is thriving! My family took to the kombucha right away! They love it so much that I am now working on a continuous brew along with a weekly brew! So thankful to Steve for all the help and introducing us to this delicious beverage!!
Awesome Kombucha kit
Posted by Debora A. on 1st Feb 2014
I tasted my first Kombucha this summer and loved the refreshing taste. I started drinking it again this winter, hoping it would improve my immunities. After drinking Kombucha, I feel somehow more energized and can instantly breathe better. A little web research uncovered, that I could brew this costly store bought elixir myself for a fraction of the $5 cost. I received my first mother and recipe from Steve about a month ago and I was immediately hooked. It is so easy to make!!! I am already on batch 3 and love it. I’m experimenting with a combination of batch and continuous brew techniques. Steve’s mother was so powerful that it created its own baby in about two weeks, which I’m using now in my batch method. Steve is very attentive to my questions and gets back to me very quickly. The whole process is much easier than I thought. Saturday morning has become my Kombucha making days. My husband loves the taste and mixes it with orange juice for a non-alcoholic Kombucha mimosa. I love it plain, because the Rishi tea that I also received from Steve is so wonderful in flavor; my Kombucha is great on its own. I look forward to making Kombucha smoothies this summer.