Kombucha tea is a fermented tea gaining popularity for its health benefits as a functional drink. You can find lots of kombucha tea products in health food stores and on supermarket shelves, but you can make kombucha at home using our kombucha recipe and tips for how to make kombucha, from making the SCOBY to bottling the finished kombucha.
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What is kombucha? Kombucha is a sweetened green or black tea that uses a SCOBY (symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast). The SCOBY starts as a residue on the surface of the tea, then grows to fill the diameter of the jar while getting thicker. The bacteria and yeast inside the SCOBY create the fermenting action.
What are the health benefits of kombucha? Claimed health benefits of kombucha tea include promoting gut health, strengthening the immune system, and aiding a variety of other ailments. Currently, there is not enough evidence to support these claims, so kombucha tea should not be used to treat any illness. Talk to a doctor if you are pregnant, nursing, or have concerns.
The SCOBY (symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast) creates the fermenting action of kombucha. It looks like a pancake and feels gelatinous. It can vary in texture and color, but it's usually creamy tan.
(You can also purchase a SCOBY online. Just be sure to use a reliable source, such as Williams-Sonoma.)
Place the SCOBY in a clean jar in enough kombucha to cover. Cover the jar and store in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.