Thanks for joining us for our Kombucha Brewing Class for Beginners!
Hello! Matt and I had so much fun leading a class for beginning kombucha brewers yesterday. The event was hosted by The Farmory and we certainly appreciate them inviting us. The attendees had some great questions and we hope everyone left with the information they need to start brewing their kombucha at home.
I wanted to create a permanent digital resource the workshop attendees could have access to forever, and I thought the rest of The Wild Gut readers might be interested as well. So, even if you are a seasoned kombucha vet, please pass on the post to someone just getting started with brewing their own kombucha. It just might help!
Basic One Gallon Homemade Kombucha Recipe
3 tbsp. loose leaf tea or 8 tea bags
14 cups water
1 cup sugar
2 cups starter tea
Bring 14 cups water to a boil. Remove from heat and steep tea for 10 minutes. Remove tea and stir in 1 cup sugar until dissolved. Allow to cool to room temperature.
Add SCOBY, starter tea, and sweet tea to a 1 gallon container and cover with a tight-weave cloth, secured with a rubber band. Allow to ferment for approximately 10-14 days.
Kombucha Brewing Kit
We used the Kombucha Brewing Kit from The Kombucha Shop in our workshop. This is an easy way to make sure you have everything you need to get started brewing kombucha. Plus, you can feel extra good supporting a Wisconsin-based company!
Types of sugar
We recommend using organic white cane sugar. You can find it at most stores including Aldi, Costco and Target.
Types of tea
For best results stick to black, green, white or oolong tea. Once you become comfortable with the brewing process, you can start experimenting with herbal teas. We recommend always using some black tea with herbal teas to keep your SCOBY happy and healthy. It’s best to avoid any teas that contain oils, like earl grey or artificially flavored teas, as those can weaken your SCOBY.
We did receive a question about whether or not decaf tea can be used. This post does a great job of explaining your options if you are sensitive to caffeine.
Glass bottles for second fermentation
We use and recommend these swing top grolsch style glass bottles. We’ve tested several of the top selling bottles on Amazon and will only recommend this brand. They are also available in the amber color that we used as an example.
Handmade brewing vessel caps
The owner of this Etsy shop was so kind to send me samples of her kombucha “caps.” These handmade covers for your brewing vessels can be personalized and come in different colors and patterns.
The Big Book of Kombucha – This book is a fantastic resource for all things kombucha
The Art of Fermentation – This is the book we had in class, it’s a must-have resource if you want to explore the world of fermentation.
The Good Gut – This has been one of our favorite books about gut health so far. We love that it presents the information in a way that people outside of the science and medical fields (like us) can easily understand.
If you are looking for recipes for flavoring kombucha, our recipes can be accessed by clicking over to our kombucha category.
We also mentioned the annual Fermentation Fest that takes place in Wisconsin every fall. I recommended signing up for their email list so you are the first to know when their class schedule for 2018 is released. Make a weekend out of it and stop by the food chain and take part in the art/farm tour. Ferm Fest is a great event!
Thanks again to everyone who joined us yesterday!
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