Why drink Kombucha Tea? Not only is it really yummy and easy to make- its also really good for you! Kombucha aids your liver in removing harmful substances. Packed with pro-biotics, it promotoes balance in your digestive system, and is full of health-promoting vtamins, enzymes and acids.
When starting to drink Kombucha for the first time, its best to introduce it slowly to your body, due to its detoxing properties. For the first week stick to half a glass daily, and then increase the amount if you feel Ok. Always listen to your body!
If you've never tasted Kombucha tea, you may be wondering what it tastes like... It is fermented tea, so it has a 'pleasant' vinegary flavour with a slight fizz... the taste gets stronger the longer you leave it to brew.
How to make Kombucha Tea
What you'll need:
- 3 Litre glass jar (no lid)
- Fabric and rubber band to cover the top
- Around 3 litres of filtered water
- 6 organic tea bags
- 3/4 cup organic raw sugar
- 1 Kombucha scobe (mushroom) and 300mls of kombucha tea *See below for details of where you can find a scobe*
What to do:
- In a large pot boil the water
- Once boiled, stir in sugar until dissolved, and remove from heat.
- Add tea bags and allow to steep until water has cooled.
- Once cooled, remove tea bags. Pour into your jar with the Kombucha scobe, and 300mls kombucha tea from a previous brew.
- Cover with fabric, and leave on bench for 7-10 days.
What you need to know:
- The scobe will either float to the top of the jar, or settle to the bottom- either is ok.
- As the tea ferments, a new scobe will form at the top of the jar.
- You can tell a new scobe is forming as white/yellow sediment starts to form on the top after a few days. As the brew develops, it gets thicker and more even, and will form a type of thick skin.
- You can tell your brew is ready by the thickness of the scobe...5-8mm is a good indication that its ready to be drunk, however you can leave it for longer of you like. The longer you leave it, the more your brew will taste like vinegar.
- The brew will have a bubbly quality to it, like soft drink.. its gets more bubbles the longer it brews.
- Once the brew is finished, it stores well in the fridge in sealed glass jars.
- The old scobe can be re-used many times. If you are having trouble fermenting a brew, it may be time to replace your scobe.
- There is no need to wash the jar after you empty it, as the Kombucha forms a protective coating around the jar. If you do use dishwashing liquid, be sure to rinse your jar out VERY well.
- You can store your extra scobes in Kombucha tea in a glass jar on the bench.
So where do I get a scobe?
Right! Who's excited about making tea? FROG wants to help share the fermenting love far and wide.
Contact Celine at FROG to get your first scobe and get brewing.