I used to brew Kombucha at home regularly and after 7 months of travelling, I have relocated to London. Kombucha is not as popular in stores as it is in Australia/America. If I did find Kombucha in stores in London, I am not a fan of the flavours available or the cost. I tried to find a SCOBY online but they were expensive and I was prepared to try and grow one.
I searched the internet for various recipes and as I wasn’t sure it would work, so I started small. I used the recipe I found at (The Kitchn Blog). I altered the recipe as I have a small jar and just wanted to make sure it would work first. If my SCOBY grows then I will use it in a bigger jar and get my SCOBY to expand like that. If you have a good sized jar then refer to recipe at The Kitchn Blog.
- 3 cups of water
- 30g of sugar
- 2 black tea bags
- ½ cup unflavoured, Kombucha (store-bought)
- Glass jar – size of your choosing – I used a small one
- Wooden spoon/stainless steel spoon
- Cloth (tea-towel, cheese cloth or similar)
- 1 x rubber band
- Pre-boil a jug/kettle of water
- Combine the required water and sugar into a saucepan/pot
- Add the tea bags and let them seep for about 10 minutes (some will leave it longer or shorter)
- Remove the tea bags and move the sweet tea to a glass jar
- Wait for the sweet tea to cool so leave on the bench (I usually cover with a towel so nothing flies into it)
- Once cooled to room temperature add the store bought Kombucha to the glass jar
- Now cover the jar with a tea-towel/cheese cloth and secure with a rubberband
- Store in a dark place for 1-4 weeks
- Check on you brew to make sure it is working its magic – it should have some bubbles and a film should start to develop. If this isn’t happening then something may be wrong. After the first week I started seeing bubbles and a film growing. It is also starting to smell fermented.
- Be patient, it needs time to grow.
Will post progress photos soon and once I get SCOBY going I will brew Kombucha. I usually flavour my Kombucha the same each time as I am obsessed with Ginger and Turmeric Kombucha and sometimes for a little something different I like to add Gloves and Cinnamon.