How to Make Kombucha Tea

kombucha tea with goji berries
Goji berry kombucha tea

If you’re into healthy eats and drinks, you’ve probably heard about Kombucha tea before. For those who have no idea what Kombucha is, it is a type of tea that is fermented using a culture called Kombucha, sugar, tea and water. I came across Kombucha from a client who is one of the biggest supplier of SCOBYs and kombucha fermenting accessories in the US. The foodie in me was hooked after reading a few articles about it. My then client thought it was cool, so he sent me the goodies. It has been 3 years since then and I’m still hooked. Who wouldn’t be? Kombucha has helped me cut down my consumption of sugary drinks. It has also given me more energy, no more me feeling zombie after eating lunch. Also, Kombucha is great for the hair!

Kombucha tea has many health benefits to give, so I recommend you should try it. Here’s the recipe on how you can make kombucha tea.

Kombucha Tea Recipe

kombucha tea in a jar and loose leaf tea

By Jannah Abueza

Kombucha tea is filled with probiotics that are good for your gut health. Drink it as a substitute to sodas and I’m sure you’ll feel better.
Yield: 1 gallon

Prep Time: 5 min.

Cook Time: 15 Min

Ready In: 20 min.

Ingredients

  • A healthy SCOBY & 1 cup of starter tea (You can get it at Kombucha Philippines)
  • 1 cup of sugar (white or brown, organic or regular it’s up to you)
  • 1 gallon of water
  • 6-8 tea bags or 6-8 tsp. of loose leaf tea

Equipment/Materials Needed

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  • A gallon glass jar
  • wooden spoon
  • clean piece of cloth or coffee filter
  • rubber band
  • a pot

Directions

    1. Bring 4 cups of water to simmer.
    2. Remove the pot from the stove and pour in your sugar. Stir to dissolve.
    3. Add in your teabags or loose leaf tea and steep for 8-10 minutes. Do not stir or it will get bitter.
    4. After 8-10 minutes, remove the tea from the water and pour the mixture on to your jar. Then, add in the remaining water.
    5. Once the water in the jar has completely cooled down (this won’t take long), pour on to the jar the SCOBY and your starter tea.
    6. Cover the jar with a clean piece of cloth and secure it with a rubber band. Then, place the jar in a warm and dry place. It could be in your pantry or inside a cabinet. Leave it for 3-5 days. On the 3rd day, taste it. If it tastes tangy, it’s ready to be consumed. To consume, take the kombucha tea from the jar and store it in bottles or smaller jars. Make sure to leave at least a cup of the tea in the jar and the SCOBY. That will serve as your starter for the next batch of kombucha you’re going to be making. You can then start enjoying your brewed Kombucha tea, add fruits as flavors and do second fermentation.
      If you’re opting for a second fermentation and want to add flavor, just add any fruit or herbs you like to use as flavor and leave it at room temperature for 1-3 days. After that, enjoy your flavored Kombucha tea.

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Have more questions about making Kombucha tea? Leave your questions in the comment section below or go to Kombucha.ph.