About This Product
Thanks to Sacha Laurin of KombuchaCouture.com who turned us on to great tasting Kombucha.
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 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).
- 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 batch.
- Thermometer strip to monitor your fermenting Kombucha.
- pH Strips to know when to harvest your Kombucha.
- Excellent, detailed simple to follow instructions.
- Continuing customer support when you need it.
- Additional SCOBY
- Heater Belt to keep your fermenting Kombucha warmer.
- Flavor Extracts
- Rishi Herbal Teas to add delicious flavor to your Kombucha.
NEW: NATURAL FLAVOR EXTRACTS FOR KOMBUCHA, only $9.97.
Purchase one or both of our Fermentation Heater Belts to maintain a warmer temperature in your Kombucha making vessel, very useful to ferment your Kombucha faster or during the colder winter months.
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.
Our Organic SCOBYs are harvested and packaged the same day they are shipped to insure only their freshest and highest quality condition. Add an additional SCOBY for only $9.00.
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.
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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