So, what the heck is this stuff!?
Kombucha: An Ancient Elixer, really? Some of you have probably never heard of this amazing ancient beverage called Kombucha (pronounced pretty much like you would think kam-boo-cha), but it has actually been around for THOUSANDS of years! It is claimed to have originated in China during the Tsin Dynasty in 221 B.C. (meaning even before Jesus was born!) Merriam-Webster defines Kombucha as: a gelatinous mass of symbiotic bacteria (as Acetobacter xylinum) and yeasts (as of the genera Brettanomyces and Saccharomyces) grown to produce a fermented beverage held to confer health benefits. In short, it is a fermented tea with tons of vitamins, minerals, and enzymes that provides amazing heath benefits. To answer the question you may be thinking though, it only contains trace amounts of alcohol after the fermentation process is complete, so no, you won’t get drunk! *There is Kombucha beer out there though, which I have had and it is delicious! If you are in the Buffalo area like myself, check out Handlebar, a bicycle themed bar on Swan St! My favorite is their raspberry Kombucha beer! Also, Bootleg Bucha is an amazing place to get high quality, handmade BUCH in the Buffalo area! Check them out!
Aside from being delicious, Kombucha is also very nutritious! It is known primarily for its “probiotic” properties because it aides in digestion, but is also great for detoxifying the body and boosting energy levels because of the countless vitamins, minerals, and enzymes! I drink it daily about 30 minutes after I eat lunch or dinner to help digest my food and give me a boost of energy!
Don’t be afraid of the BUCH!
Kombucha is SO easy to make and with it costing $3+ per bottle in the store, you can save so much money! Many people are scared off by the the weird name and fact that you have to “ferment” something, but believe me, the hardest part is waiting for this delicious, nutritious beverage to be ready to drink! The simple supplies and step-by-step instructions are listed in the second graphic below. Basically, all you need is tea (preferably higher quality, so no, not brands like Salada or Lipton!), filtered water, sugar, and a SCOBY (Symbiotic Culture Of Bacteria and Yeast). The concept is similar to making wine in terms of the fermentation process where the yeast, or SCOBY in this case, feeds off the sugar to ferment the tea liquid. Except with Kombucha, it doesn’t turn to alcohol, you don’t have to wait nearly as long, and it’s much better for you!
You can make your own SCOBY from an unflavored bottle of store bought Kombucha, but I prefer to get a high quality one from a reputable company for guaranteed results (and because making your own takes around 2 weeks). I prefer to buy my SCOBY from, Brindle Southern Farms, which you can get easily from Etsy for under $10! After you have your SCOBY, you will not need to buy another one unless you let it die. Yes, this thing is a live culture! If you ever want to take a break from brewing, simply place the SCOBY in the refrigerator with 1-2 cups of the left over Kombucha and it will last a few months! It will also “grow” and form new “babies” from your original “mother”. This is great because you can simply remove the “babies” from the bottom (it is the layer that forms underneath) and save for later use by refrigerating them or share with a friend and help them start brewing their own Kombucha! *Beware: as you can see in the picture to the left, a SCOBY is not the most attractive looking thing, but don’t let that deter you! It won’t bite and will provide you with an amazing beverage!
The brewing process for the recipe provided in this post takes 7-10 days depending on the temperature of your house (longer if it’s colder, shorter if it’s warmer). The overall prep takes around 15-20 and then you let the tea/sugar mixture cool for 1-2 hours until it is room temp before you put the SCOBY into the tea mixture. If you add it too soon, you will burn the SCOBY and it will “die”, so be sure it is room temperature! Once you add everything to a 1 gallon glass container, all you have to do is cover it with a coffee filter and place the container in a warm, dark spot in your house then wait 7-10 days! Taste your brew after 7 days to see how fast the fermentation process is occurring. If it still tastes sweet, let it ferment longer and be sure to taste it every day until it has a slight sweetness, but is not vinegary. After that, transfer your BUCH to GLASS bottles and place in the refrigerator. You can reuse any glass bottle that seals well, but I prefer using the “swing top” amber bottles to keep it as fresh as possible. You can find them easily on Amazon or your local brewing store. *If you would like a little more “zing” to your brew, place the bottles in a dark place for and additional 2-3 days to add a little carbonation, then place in refrigerator. Then it’s time to enjoy!
I LOVE making my own “BUCH” because it is simple, quick, cheap, nutritious, and super tasty! You can choose the type of tea you use and really customize the flavor after you get more experienced! I have used teas that have a natural fruit flavor and prefer it over adding juices or fruit to my brew for flavor. I do love adding Young Living essential oils to my Kombucha though right before drinking. Not only does it enhance the flavor, but increases the health benefits as well! Some of my favorites to add are grapefruit, lemon, ginger, and tangerine! The great thing is…its up to YOU! Give this recipe a try and be sure to contact me if you have any questions, comments, or just want to chat about how amazing Kombucha is!
Kombucha is super easy to make! Give it a try! You can save so much money making your own considering it’s around $3+ per bottle in stores!
Also, be sure to add a few drops of your favorite Young Living essential oils to each individual bottle right before drinking to enhance flavor and bring additional health benefits! Some of my favorites are grapefruit, lemon, tangerine, and ginger!
Make sure you leave a comment or contact me if you try it out or need help getting started!
Disclaimer: The information on this website is based upon my research and personal experiences. Use of Young Living Essential Oils and other products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. I am not a doctor or healthcare professional.