Monday, March 1, 2010
Kombucha Day One
So, as a kombucha lover (o.k., addict) the chance to make this at home makes me want to do backflips!! In the cosmic fantabulousness that is life, tonight was rather magical. There are two women who live in my town who brew kombucha and have said they'd be willing to share some secrets, as well as give me a starter (mushroom aka scoby).
Well, as fate would have it, tonight they BOTH called and said "Hey, I'm five minutes away from your house and have some kombucha with me. Want to try it?" I said "Hell no, leave me alone!" No, just kidding. I said yes, yes, yes...please! It was so neat to have them both here at the same time, comparing notes, fermenting times, and tasting both of their delicious kombuchas. Full moon magic! (It's a full moon today)
So, I thought it would be fun to do some blogging on how the process is going! They were both kind enough to sample out some of their home brew (both delicious) and show me how to start it. Which is actually pretty darn easy. So, here's what I did tonight:
1. In a gallon sized glass jar, I made enough tea to fill it 90% of the way up. I used green tea, mint, and nettles. And one cup of organic sugar. I added the sugar to the tea while it was hot to let it dissolve. And I used two teaspoons of tea per quart of water.
2. Once the tea has COMPLETELY cooled (they stressed this - don't add your starter to warm or hot tea or you could kill the living fermented goodness!), I'll add the starter (which will account for the other 10% left in my glass gallon-sized jar). Basically, the starter I was given is just a glass jar containing a big scoby (mushroom) and some kombucha.
3. Once the gallon sized jar is filled with both tea and starter, I'll cover it with cloth (or cheesecloth) and rubber band it around the top. It will sit out at room temperature.
From there, I'll let it sit......so stay tuned to see how the rest goes! I'm going to have way too much fun experimenting with different kinds of teas, healthy herbal additions, and fruit extracts and juices! Food nerds like me just don't get any happier.