Kombucha Recipe

Save money by learning how to make kombucha tea at home. We even explain how to jumpstart your own kombucha scoby for a customizable homemade kombucha recipe.

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  • Makes: 16 servings
  • Serving Size: 8 ounces
  • Makes: 16 cups
  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cool: 1 hr
  • Stand: Ferment: 1 week

Kombucha Recipe

Directions

  1. Bring 4 cups of the water to boiling. In a very large heatproof glass bowl or pitcher combine the boiling water and sugar; stir to dissolve. Add tea bags. Let stand 1 hour or until cool. Remove and discard tea bags. Add the remaining 10 cups water and purchased kombucha. Transfer to a clean 1-gallon jar. Add SCOBY. Cover jar with paper towels and secure with a rubber band. Let stand in a dark place where temperature is between 70 degrees F to 75 degrees F for 1 week.
  2. Remove SCOBY with clean hands and store.** If desired, reserve enough kombucha (2 cups) to make another batch of kombucha. If desired, strain remaining kombucha through a sieve line with 100%-cotton cheeseclth; transfer to clean bottles with swing-top seals, leaving a 2-inch headspace. Seal bottles. To carbonate, let stand in a dark place where temperature is between 70 degrees F and 72 degrees F for 2 to 3 days. Store in the refrigerator up to 1 month.

From the Test Kitchen

*To make SCOBY:

To make your own SCOBY, bring 4 cups water to boiling. In a large heatproof glass bowl or pitcher combine the boiling water and 1/2 cup sugar; stir to dissolve. Add 4 black tea bags; let stand 1 hour. Remove and discard tea bags. Stir in 3 cups water. Transfer to a clean 2- to 3-quart jar. Stir in 1 cup purchased plain kombucha. Cover jar with paper towels and secure with a rubber band. Let stand in a dark place where the temperature is between 70 degrees F to 75 degrees F for 3 weeks. Remove SCOBY with clean hands; discard liquid. You can also purchase a SCOBY online (use a reliable source, such as Williams-Sonoma [williams-sonoma.com]).

**To store SCOBY:

Place SCOBY in a clean jar in enough homemade or purchased kombucha to cover. Cover jar and store in the refrigerator up to 1 month.

Ginger Kombucha:

Prepare as directed through Step 1. Remove SCOBY. Add 1 ounce fresh ginger, peeled and thinly sliced, to the jar. Cover and chill 1 to 2 weeks. Remove and discard ginger. Continue with Step 2.

Orange Kombucha:

Prepare as directed through Step 1. Remove SCOBY. Add 1 orange, peeled and thinly sliced, to the jar. Cover and chill 1 to 2 days. Remove and discard orange slices. Continue with Step 2.

Note:

Kombucha is not meant to treat or cure any medical conditions. Consult a doctor before use if you are pregnant, nursing, or have any health conditions or concerns.

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Nutrition Facts (Kombucha Recipe)

  • Per serving:
  • 53 kcal ,
  • 0 g fat
  • (0 g sat. fat ,
  • 0 g polyunsaturated fat ,
  • 0 g monounsaturated fat ),
  • 0 mg chol. ,
  • 10 mg sodium ,
  • 14 g carb. ,
  • 0 g fiber ,
  • 13 g sugar ,
  • 0 g pro.

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3 Ratings
512 Days Ago
SCOBY means Symbiotic Colony of Bacteria and Yeast
1036 Days Ago
When you give the instructions to make SCOBY you mention to remove the SCOBY aNd discard the liquid after the fermentation process is completed. What exactly is SCOBY? Does Something solidIfy in to a ball of something?

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