You may have noticed all the recent hype about kombucha, the fashionable fermented tea which is said to help with all sorts of things leading to you having better health. Fortunately, if you want to give it a try without breaking the bank it is simple to brew Kombucha SCOBY at home. This article enlightens you as to what a Kombucha SCOBY is and helps you to discover how you can make your own.
What is Kombucha SCOBY
A SCOBY means ‘Symbiotic Cultures of Bacteria and Yeast’. Kombucha will be cultivated as your SCOBY multiplies in size and then hovers on the surface of your tea before it sinks. The appearance is very strange, and it takes some getting used to at first. However, this slightly unsophisticated slice of slime is thought to be packed with a huge clump of good bacteria and helpful yeast which turns a normal tea and sugar into an effervescent drink loaded with probiotics and antioxidants. A SCOBY is the dense, rubbery build up that supports the fermentation procedure as you make this tasty health drink.
How It Works
Kombucha tea is fashioned through the addition of a SCOBY into sweetened tea, which needs to be either black or green, and then allowing it ferment for a number of weeks. The SCOBY’s bacteria and yeast break down all of the sugars in the tea and change them into acids, alcohol, and carbon dioxide. This results in a fizzy creation with a sharp, syrupy and tart tasting brew. Its exact flavors will be dependent on exactly how long the tea is left alone to ferment, the original sort of tea you select to use and what if any other ingredients you put into it like spices, fruits or herbs.
The fermentation process likewise upsurges the levels of probiotic enhancing elements in your drink. Probiotics are helpful bacteria with numerous positive health properties being linked to helping to reduce cholesterol levels, aid weight loss, improve levels of immunity and so much more.
Selecting the Right SCOBY
If you wish to start brewing kombucha from home, finding the best SCOBY is the initial step that you need to take. Buying starter kits online is easy now or they are now becoming more readily available in health food stores. These will help you to begin to make your own. Ensure that you buy an organic SCOBY from a trustworthy retailer to so it will be pesticide free and this also helps to make sure that you are starting out with a quality product It is also worth joining an online community to trade tips, tricks and to discover the best local SCOBY suppliers.
The nature of the SCOBY means that it keeps growing with each and every new batch of kombucha that you make. This should mean that you are able to divide it up and create your own. While the risk of contamination should be fairly low, when you follow the instructions appropriately, do make sure that you throw away a SCOBY instantly if you spot any mold, smell a disagreeable smell or there are any other signs of any kind of deterioration.
How to Make Kombucha Scoby
Start with the correct type of tea. Your tea must be unflavored and either black, white or green made and it should be made with pure white sugar. After you have got the hang of it, experiment with maple syrup or honey as they are natural sugars and will add to the flavour of your brew.
Classic Kombucha Recipe
These ingredients make up 1-gallon of Kombucha tea
- 8 unflavored tea bags
- 1 cup pure white cane sugar
- 2 cups starter liquid
- 1 SCOBY
- 1-gallon jar
A clean cloth and rubber band to seal the tea but allow it to breath
Kombucha does seemingly comprise of a great deal of sugar, nevertheless it ends up being not as much as it appears. Sugar used in the mixture feeds the SCOBY helping to change it into antioxidants, so in the end your resulting brew has far less sugar.
Put all of the ingredients into a jar and then place it in a warm place around 75°F (25°C) and allow your brew to ferment for around 30 days. You should start to see that your SCOBY starts to form as it slowly starts to get darker and thicker. As soon as the SCOBY is about 1/4-inch thick, you are able to use it to make up a brand-new batch of tea.
The Kombucha Mother
A SCOBY will soon get bigger and should multiply turning the tea cloudy and perhaps will create bubbles at the top of the jar. It can be surprising to see strands of yeast beginning to hang its long arms from your SCOBY.
As it might take upto a month to ferment your tea it is important to keep on tasting it. It will usually be slightly sour towards the top of the jar and will get sweeter the further down you go. As soon as up get the flavor you need you can move onto the final step.
Prior to you bottling up your Kombucha, the last thing that you must do is to scoop out a cup of starter brew for your next batch and put it in another clean glass jar. Take it from the top of the jar where there will likely be more bacteria and then remove both of your SCOBYs. There ought to now be two SCOBY’s, the original one used also know as the ‘mother’ and a newly formed SCOBY which will be floating on the top known as the ‘baby’. You will only want one SCOBY for your next starter brew, so you are free to pass on the mother to someone else or compost it.
Making your own Kombucha SCOBY is an easy process as all you need is sweetened tea and patience. Making your own SCOBY lets you brew your own kombucha, which will give you and your family continuous access to a health enriching, probiotic-rich, refreshing tea to drink.