"I used to be a gourmet soda junkie. Thanks to Sacha Laurin of KobuchaCouture.com who turned me on to her 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 a good friend's (thanks Sacha) wonderful Kombucha 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).
What you get:
- One gallon(3.78l) glass wide mouth jar/plastic lid/cloth/heavy-duty rubber band.
- Large 8 in.(20cm) food grade funnel with removable screen.
- Large freshly cultivated Kombucha Mother Culture(SCOBY).
- One cup of USDA certified Organic Sugar.
- Rishi Black Tea to make your first Kombucha batch.
- Thermometer strip to monitor your fermenting Kombucha.
- Heater Belt to keep your fermenting Kombucha warm.
- pH Strips to know when to harvest your Kombucha.
- Excellent, detailed simple to follow instructions.
- Powered by Kombucha bumper sticker and magnet.
- Continuing customer support when you need it.
Our Organic SCOBYs are harvested and packaged the same day they are shipped to insure only their freshest and highest quality condition.
ABOUT OUR SCOBYs: SCOBYs are freshly cultured weekly with no additives or preservative. They're produced only using only fresh filtered water, Rishi Organic Tea and organic cane sugar. Our SCOBYs include plenty of culture and the tea they were produced in. This insures a very strong and vigorous start to your Kombucha making. They are packaged in sealed food grade plastic vacuum packets. If your first batch is a gallon size jar, your Kombucha should be completed in 7-10 days, depending on ambient room temperature. 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.
We offer the best Rishi Black & Green Tea as the base tea for your Kombucha.
Rishi Jade Cloud Green Organic and Fair Trade™ Tea
Rishi English Breakfast Organic Black Tea or Rishi Classic Black Iced Tea (We'll include whichever is in stock at time of order-both are great black teas)
We offer the best Rishi Herbal Teas to give your Kombucha a great flavor.
Rishi Peach Blossom White Organic Blend Tea
Rishi Ginger Lime Rooibos Caffeine Free Rooibos Blend Organic Tea
Rishi Blueberry Rooibos Caffeine Free Herbal Blend Organic Tea
Rishi Valerian Dream Caffeine Free Herbal Blend Organic Tea
Rishi Turmeric Ginger Caffeine Free Herbal Blend Organic Tea
Rishi Tangerine Ginger Caffeine Free Herbal Blend-Organic and Fair Trade™ Tea
Rishi Hibiscus Berry Caffeine Free Herbal Blend Organic and Fair Trade™ Tea
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.
Make Kombucha today-Recipe.
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Note: Your first batch may take more days to fully ferment due to the SCOBY's temporary dormancy during travel, 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 1/2 gallon(1.89l) of water and 1 cup(236.5ml) white* sugar to boil, turn off heat, stir in tea, steep for 10-15 minutes. you can place the SCOBY along with all the liquid that came with your SCOBY into the jar. SCOBY's do not like too warm or hot tea. The temperature should be between 65-75F(18-24c). 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, though sooner once your SCOBY matures and thickens). Pull SCOBY off Kombucha and store SCOBY in a glass jar covered with either freshly made cooled tea/sugar/water or a small amount of already fermented Kombucha. Store your SCOBY at normal room temperature, adding(about every 3-4 weeks) a small amount of freshly made tea/sugar/water to maintain health of SCOBY. Color of SCOBY may look brown on top with strings hanging underneath. This is normal. Discard SCOBY if white or black colonies of mold appear. You don't want your Kombucha to become too acidic. Seven days seems to be the magic time period for fermentation yet as your SCOBY matures, it can ferment a gallon of Kombucha in 3-5 days. Add non-sweetened fruit juice after fermentation is complete to give it the flavor you want a fruit flavor. Or use herbal teas from Rishi to add great flavor. Kombucha is gluten free. Store your Kombucha in a glass bottle with secure lid if you want it to produce some carbonation. Use a funnel and screen(included with Kit) or clean sanitized to strain your finished Kombucha for bottling. There is still Kombucha bacteria in the liquid and you may see a new SCOBY baby forming at the top. Upon drinking your Kombucha from a bottle, you may or may not want to discard the little SCOBY baby, though some like to swallow it, since it contains healthy bacteria and yeast.
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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