Kombucha Musings

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If you would have told me even 10 years ago that I would be drinking and enjoying a beverage that has a “Mother” floating in it in a jar….I would have said I would never touch the stuff and would have completely balked at the idea.

But after drinking this bubbly fruity delicious beverage and feeling the benefits of it I have to say it is an amazing gift to give yourself.  I have already written about some of the benefits of drinking Kombucha here.

The other thing that people don’t know about Kombucha at least I didn’t know is that it is like sourdough starter it just keeps going and going.  The Kombucha keeps making new Scoby’s to be shared with friends.

So last night we started two batches of the second fermentation this is the step that makes the Kombucha bubbly once it gets to the desired carbonation you then refrigerate it and it kind of slows this process down.  You can add fruit or sugar to the second fermentation and as much as I prefer honey over sugar this is one process you cannot substitute or you could lend up with a bad batch.

Homemade Kombucha is very affordable once you buy your first initial scoby or receive it from a friend….all you need is distilled water, your scoby, tea, sugar, fruit, jars, cloth, rubberbands for the most part.  You never want to put a lid on the first fermentation but the second fermentation you do for about 24 to 72 hours but you have to burp them or you could end up with a blow out….that has not happened to us yet but we are still new at this!

I hope if you have any concerns about drinking something with floaties and stuff in it that you will at least give Kombucha a try before you say no way because it leaves you with this sense of well-being that I really can’t explain.

Have a great day everyone!  I also have included a lot of links about Kombucha at the bottom because everyone always has so many questions about it and there are some great blog articles here!



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18 thoughts on “Kombucha Musings

  1. I will probably never make this at home, in fact, guaranteed I will never make this home. I’ll buy it in the stores 🙂 🙂 Love and hugs from the ocean shores of California, Heather 🙂

  2. Hi Karen
    My bouch is brewing, it’s been seven days and i think i need to test at this point to see if it needs to sit longer. Im super excited about bottling this benificial bubbly. How long did yours take on the first fermentation? what fruit or juice did you add to yours for the second fermentation? Thanks for sharing. Sheryl

    1. Sheryl the first fermentation this past time was about 15 days the last round we added blueberries but this time for our second fermentation we just added some sugar….we had used fruit teas so it already tasted quite fruity! Hope that helps!

  3. This is a sincere question – I swear I’m not a troll. Do you think it smells a bit odd – like feet? That’s the one thing that turns me off about Kombucha, so I end up using it in smoothies, because then I don’t notice it. Thanks. 🙂

  4. KarenLynn, I’ve been making kombucha for some time, on and off, but have never had fruit in it. Do you have another post that explains this? I’ve made it with plain black tea and green tea. We are now hooked on drinking an iced hibiscus/mint tea I came up with so I am toying with trying to “kombucha” that. But the lemon and the berries really interest me.

    1. Twila I have a couple of Kombucha tea posts I would read them first and if you are not sure you will like it the first thing you can do is most health food grocery stores like Whole Foods carry it for a whoppin 4.99 a bottle in most cases but I tried it first there and at a farmers market for even more money $5. a cup and I loved it! Let me know what you think if you try it 🙂

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