Go on, go on, go on: make your own kombucha

May 11, 2018 6:44 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Kombucha is a fermented-tea drink, part of a growing trend towards eating and drinking fermented foods. Fermentation, originally a way of preserving food, is, many feel, much better for our digestive systems than other food, particularly for those suffering from allergies or digestive issues.

We've got sugar and tea to make great kombucha.

Fancy a nice cup of kombucha?

Fermentation involves harnessing the power of micro-organisms to transform a foodstuff into a different state: it’s like cooking, but without heat. During fermentation, bacteria and yeast transform the sugars naturally found in the food into other compounds, including alcohol. The flavour of the food changes, and the foodstuff itself is preserved, as the growth of other bacteria is inhibited. Foods as ordinary as cheese, coffee, bread and beer are all products of fermentation. Sandor Katz, a man entertainingly noted as a ‘pickle evangelist’, described this kind of food as part of the ‘creative space between fresh and rotten food, where most of human culture’s most prized delicacies and culinary achievements exist’.

Kombucha sits firmly in that creative space. It’s a slightly fizzy, fermented green or black tea, produced using a ‘symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast’ (known as SCOBY). It’s big in Russia and Eastern Europe in general. It tastes sour and tart – just up many people’s street.

How to make your own kombucha

Kombucha is widely available in shops, but is also popularly brewed at home. There are numerous websites giving you full instructions on how to do this. Here’s a useful one, which also contains instructions on making your own SCOBY: https://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-make-kombucha-tea-at-home-cooking-lessons-from-the-kitchn-173858.

You’ll need five ingredients to make your own kombucha: water, a SCOBY, a starter kombucha tea, your own tea and sugar. We can help with the last couple of items on that list.

Tea for kombucha from NGF

To start you off, we've got black and green teas

We’ve got black tea and green tea

To make kombucha, choose from our range of black and green teas, including loose leaf tea.

What’s the best sugar to use?

We sell a huge range of sugars at NGF, but it’s granulated white cane sugar that works best for kombucha. Don’t be tempted to skimp on the sugar – it’s essential for the SCOBY to work.

Other good ingredients

Kombucha enthusiasts all have their own favourite flavours and secret ingredients for making the perfect drink. Whatever you’re looking for, you might find it in our sections on:

For those looking to expand into more unusual kombucha teas, this blog might be useful: https://www.culturesforhealth.com/learn/kombucha/flavoring-bottling-kombucha/.

Now, go on – you’ll have a cup, won’t you? You will!

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