I am a big kombucha connoisseur.
I just started making it again for the 3rd time lol.
I add 4 cups of tap water into a pot, i use tap but you can use filtered
Bring it to a good boil and add like 5-6 organic black tea bags (other people use other ones this is just what i use)
I shut the burner off and let it brew for 6-8 minutes
I give it a few good stirs
I use this sugar
pour 1 cup into the tea and stir it really well, it needs to be dissolved completely
I pour the tea into a gallon glass container, NOT plastic, not metal, nothing metal should touch the scoby or the tea the scoby will touch
I fill the container 3/4 the way full with cold filtered water
leave enough room at the top for the scoby and the starter tea
Add the scoby
add the starter tea (about a cup or so )
Cover with an old t-shirt, coffee filter or fabric, secure tightly with a rubber band.
I let it is for like 8-12 days, but really just use a plastic straw, stick it below the scoby and taste it, when its as tart as you want or sweet as you want it is done.
I got bottles with flip tops, grolsch beer bottles to be exact, it keeps a nice seal for great fizz
This time I did blueberry, one raspberry because I ran out of blueberry
Fill the bottles almost completely full, usually I leave the next empty. It seems to fizz really well this way
I take my scoby out (before adding the tea to the bottles and also take out a cup of the tea, sit it aside in a glass container)
Isn’t she pretty
Brew the new batch of tea as I did here and add the scoby and the cup of the tea that you set aside, cover and brew for 8-12 days.
Now with the flip top bottles, I open mine daily to burp them so that they don’t explode. They are usually fizzy and flavorful enough for me after 3 days. I strain with a non metal fine mesh strainer and drink it up!!