Tropical Fruit Forum - International Tropical Fruit Growers



Author Topic: Kombucha Recipe?  (Read 1509 times)

FruitFreak

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 586
    • USA, FL, Naples, 10a
    • View Profile
Kombucha Recipe?
« on: February 11, 2015, 10:01:52 PM »
Does anyone have a decent recipe for kombucha?  Thanks
- Marley

From the sea

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 674
    • Big Pine Key Fl zone 11
    • View Profile
Re: Kombucha Recipe?
« Reply #1 on: February 12, 2015, 06:37:14 AM »
You need a scoby, after you have that, you make really sweet strong tea add the scoby and let ferment 7-14 days depending on taste. After it has reached your desired level of acidity, you have to bottle it and let it sit one more week to carbonate. I use grolsch-style bottles because they are reusable.

Growing a SCOBY

Buy a bottle of kombucha
   
pour the bottle in a quart mason jar

cover with a clean wash cloth and rubber-band it so it wont fall off.

place in a cool dark place until the scoby gets to be about 1/2" thick.

now its ready to use

Making Kombucha 

I make mine about a gallon at a time, if you want to add other herbs to the tea you can, but you must always use the same amount of black tea because that's were the SCOBY gets its nutrients from.

What you will need:
12-14 teabags per gallon of water
4 cups of sugar per gallon of water
a big pot to boil the water in
a glass jar that holds a Gallon + of water

first you boil the water hard for a few minutes, then you pour it into the glass jar (I always have the jar 1/4 full of room temp water so I dont bust the big jar) only fill the jar 3/4 of the way

add the sugar and stir

add the tea bags and let steep until the water in the jar is less than 90 deg.

now that the strong sweet tea is cool, add the scoby and some of the old kombucha (it acidifies the water making it more suitable for the bacteria and yeast)
 
cover with a piece of cloth and let it sit in a cool, dark place for 7 days, taste it if you want a stronger flavor let it sit more.

now to carbonate it, pour the kombucha into grolsch bottles and close the top, let those sit about a week then you can refrigerate and enjoy

You can adjust the sugar, but i would wait until after you try it, because the yeast uses a lot of it up.

hope that helps





nullzero

  • Zone 10a
  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 3391
    • View Profile
Re: Kombucha Recipe?
« Reply #2 on: February 13, 2015, 11:10:09 AM »
From the sea,

Thanks for the recipe, I will have to try this sometime (its on my to do list!).
Grow mainly fruits, vegetables, and herbs.

From the sea

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 674
    • Big Pine Key Fl zone 11
    • View Profile
Re: Kombucha Recipe?
« Reply #3 on: February 13, 2015, 12:13:32 PM »
no problem

FruitFreak

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 586
    • USA, FL, Naples, 10a
    • View Profile
Re: Kombucha Recipe?
« Reply #4 on: February 13, 2015, 04:48:04 PM »
Excellent!  Do you ever infuse with fruit for flavor?
- Marley

From the sea

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 674
    • Big Pine Key Fl zone 11
    • View Profile
Re: Kombucha Recipe?
« Reply #5 on: February 13, 2015, 05:37:23 PM »
some times I add a bit of fresh juice before I drink it. I don't add anything to it before i ferment it, like additional herbs or flavorings.

lyubomir16

  • Newbie
  • *
  • Posts: 7
    • Bulgaria
    • View Profile
    • Fruit Top List
Re: Kombucha Recipe?
« Reply #6 on: April 15, 2015, 05:00:50 AM »
I just did a little research on this drink and I really want to try it, but there are some articles that say that there is alcohol in it, I don't think is that strong as whiskey or vodka right?
Feel free to check out my personal website about Fruits www.fruittoplist.com

nullzero

  • Zone 10a
  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 3391
    • View Profile
Re: Kombucha Recipe?
« Reply #7 on: April 15, 2015, 06:57:21 PM »
I just did a little research on this drink and I really want to try it, but there are some articles that say that there is alcohol in it, I don't think is that strong as whiskey or vodka right?

Its less then 1% alcohol, so I would not really worry about it (most beers are +3%).
Grow mainly fruits, vegetables, and herbs.

lyubomir16

  • Newbie
  • *
  • Posts: 7
    • Bulgaria
    • View Profile
    • Fruit Top List
Re: Kombucha Recipe?
« Reply #8 on: April 17, 2015, 04:23:06 AM »
1% is almost nothing, but it is not to forget, because I've read some articles saying that is a forbidden drink for the AAs.
(BTW in Bulgaria, most of the beer is more than 4,5% alc).
Feel free to check out my personal website about Fruits www.fruittoplist.com

Marsbars

  • Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 46
    • CA 10a
    • View Profile
Re: Kombucha Recipe?
« Reply #9 on: April 17, 2015, 10:49:06 PM »
I would not recommend NOT to grow a SCOBY from bottled kombucha. In 2010 there was a big reformulation. Kombucha had above .05% alcohol in supermarkets. There is more fermentation that occurs when kombucha is bottled. As a result Gt, and other kombucha brands started doing things differently. How differently? Not Sure. Perhaps they only let the kombucha ferment for shorter periods for the primary fermentation.

Triloba Tracker

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 620
  • Rom. 1:20
    • USA, Middle Tennessee, Zone 7a
    • View Profile
Re: Kombucha Recipe?
« Reply #10 on: April 25, 2015, 11:15:12 PM »
Agree with Marsbars - the vast majority of commercial bottled kombucha is engineered and does not contain the full spectrum of bacteria and yeasts needed to form a healthy SCOBY and continuous culture.

Order a culture from Cultures for Health . com or KombuchaKamp.com....or check for a local Weston A. Price chapter and contact someone there to see if they know anyone making kombucha.

I made it for a long time and really adore this beverage. I finally gave it up, though, because unless you let it ferment substantially (to the point where it would be extremely acidic), there is more residual sugar than I care to consume (I have dramatically reduced my sugar intake lately).

I found best success in bottling in "Grolsch" style bottles, which are bottles with attached lids that clamp down to form an airtight seal. Add some FRESH pureed or squished fruit and juice, and you will have a very bubbly brew after a week or 2.

My favorite fruits to use are Jackfruit, muscat grapes, muscadines, pomegranate, pineapple, guanabana, watermelon. ...


RodneyS

  • Sr. Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 350
  • Cerritos, CA (Zone 11a)
    • View Profile
Re: Kombucha Recipe?
« Reply #11 on: April 26, 2015, 04:38:17 PM »
I use green tea when I make kombucha.  Sometimes, I'll add bits of fresh ginger or citrus juice.  Otherwise, I'm fine just drinking as is

 

Copyright © Tropical Fruit Forum - International Tropical Fruit Growers