Kombucha is a lovely drink – it tastes great and has super health benefits. It’s basically fermented tea – tea where a colony of bacteria and yeast has had the time to convert the sugars into healthy enzymes and probiotics. This colony is called a Scoby, short for ‘Symbiotic Culture of Bacteria and Yeast’ – also called a Kombucha mother.
If you want to make your own Kombucha you need to start by growing your own Scoby. For this you need a bottle of Kombucha (make sure it is raw and unflavored). Put the drink in a sterilized jar and cover it with a cloth holding it in place with a rubber band around the top. This enables the liquid to breathe and grow.
Put it in a dark place (like a pantry) or in the shadow on your kitchen table at room temperature (20-25 degrees) for 2 to 4 weeks. By then your Scoby has grown on top of the liquid and should be at least 3mm thick. Now it is ready to make a batch of some fizzy Kombucha for you! We will be back in a couple of weeks with a good recipe on Kombucha tea – stay tuned!
Have a great day – Scoby Dooby Doo!