Kombucha – Natures Original Soda

Our Kombucha obsession was getting out of control…

Tijen and I have always loved Kombucha, so much that we decided that it was time to make our own. Buying it was getting a little expensive.

So I began my Scoby hunt… and I will tell you, this was not an easy hunt.. I was very specific as to where I got scoby from, and I defiantly did not want one that was dehydrated and mailed to me.  I wanted it to already have a strong life and it be filled with generations of scoby sisters and brothers and have a previous owner who’s energy (in my opinion) was peaceful and positive.  – I know this may sound odd to some, but a scoby is a living organism, so… why wouldn’t it be able to absorb energy around it, which then could influence its strength and health benefits within it.  This was my thing… so that was why it took me a bit longer, and I was okay with that.

I finally found my SCOBBBYYYYY!!! – thank you Alan!!

When I brought my scoby home… I’m not going to lie it felt like I had a new pet (haha) I needed to find it a home (clear glass jar) and a safe place in my house that was not to cold & had the best energy surrounding it.  So… I was yet again on a mission to find the perfect home for my scoby and I did very easily.  Right away I knew that the treatment room was my scobys new city!!  It was the most peaceful place in the house, surrounded by herbs of all kinds; teas, tinctures, ointments, massage and acupuncture treatments, crystals and energy lamps, relaxation, vibrations from the music… who wouldn’t want to live there.

2015                                                2017

 

As you can see I now have quite a few to share 🙂 if you are interested – $20 each

Benefits 

  • Contains Vitamin C, B
  • Aids in detoxification
  • Boosts energy
  • Aids in cancer prevention
  • Increases nutrient absorption and waste elimination
  • Increases gastrointestinal function and metabolism
  • Immune boosting – filled with antioxidants
  • Helps improve inflammation and connective tissue
  • Manages hunger
  • Improves liver health
  • Relieves headaches, migraines
  • Kills h.pylori contact
  • Aids in digestion & gut health (fighting candida overgrowth, mental clarity and mood stability)
  • + more

Ok…. ok!!! now for the recipe… 

Ingredients 

  • 3 1/2 quart of water (not from the tap)
  • 1 cup sugar (Wholesome Organic Sugar) 
  • 8 bags black tea, green tea or a mix of the two
  • 2 cups starter tea (tea from the previous kombucha batch) or store bought kombucha to start.
  • 1 scoby per fermentation jar.
  • Flavouring/storage bottles

Flavouring Kombucha  (Optional)

  • Extra flavouring bottles
  • 1-2 cups chopped fresh fruit
  • 2 tablespoons of herbs – hibiscus, lavender, peppermint etc. 

Equipment 

  • Pot
  • 2 gallon clear glass jar
  • Tightly woven cloth (used to tightly cover the jar)
  • Six 16oz glass bottles
  1. Make the tea base
  • Bring the water to a boil.  Remove from heat and stir in the sugar to dissolve.  Drop the tea and allow it to steep until the water has cooled. May take a few hours.
  • Once the tea is cooled, remove the tea bags
  • Stir in the starter tea
  • Transfer the mixture into a 1 gallon glass jar, and gently slide the scoby into the jar making sure your hands are clean – make sure there is NO soap left on your hand this will kill the scoby.
  • Cover the jar with a few layers of cloth and secure with an elastic band – helping to keep fruit flies away.
  • Place in quiet warm space and allow to ferment for 7-10 days, checking periodically.

After the seven days 

  • Remove the scoby from the jar placing it in your storage container (another clear glass 1 litre jar) ensuring that it is always covered with at least 2 cups of tea liquid.

Flavouring 

  • Pour your fermented kombucha into glass bottles using a small tunnel.
  • Add either fruit or flavoured teas, you can get creative during this process

My favourite blends are

  • hibiscus, apple, strawberry, fresh mint as a combo
  • Ginger, ginger, ginger
  • Cayenne, lemon and ginger ( master cleanse kombucha)

Make sure to leave a half an inch of head room in the bottle otherwise it may explode ;/ so be careful and watch your eyes. 

  • Store at room temperature for 1-3 days.
  • Get ready to be addicted!!!!

Enjoy!!!!!