Kombucha Tea

This fermented tea has a mild, vinegary aroma, and is believed to be a powerhouse of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. You can make your own kombucha by acquiring a SCOBY (Symbiotic Cultures of Bacteria and Yeasts) or kombucha mother
Kombucha
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Kombucha
July 07, 2019
Level Easy
Preparation Time Kombucha Activation Batch: 30 Days; Kombucha Tea: 7 Days
Serves Kombucha Activation Batch: makes 2L; Kombucha Tea: makes 2L
PHOTO BY Katelyn Allegra
RECIPE BY Katelyn Allegra
FOOD STYLING BY Katelyn Allegra

INGREDIENTS

Equipment/products needed

1 dehydrated kombucha starter (SCOBY)
1 2L glass jar, sterilised
1 muslin cloth

For the dehydrated SCOBY

750ml boiling water
30g spinneysFOOD Extra Fine Caster Sugar
2 tea bags of choice
125ml vinegar

For the kombucha tea

1.5L boiling water
62g granulated sugar
3 tea bags of choice
125ml vinegar
125ml tea from the above activation batch

METHOD

  • 1

    To hydrate your SCOBY, combine the boiling water and sugar in a sterilised jar and stir to dissolve the sugar

  • 2

    Add the tea bags and steep for about 10 minutes. Take out the tea bags and leave the tea to cool completely

  • 3

    Stir the vinegar into the tea and add the SCOBY

  • 4

    Dampen a muslin cloth and secure it to the jar opening with an elastic band or kitchen string

  • 5

    Leave the jar, undisturbed, at 20°C, out of direct sunlight for 30 days

  • 6

    Sprinkle some vinegar over the cloth every day to prevent any mould from growing

  • 7

    For brewing the kombucha tea, combine the boiling water and sugar and stir to dissolve. Add the tea bags and leave them to steep for 10 minutes

  • 8

    Remove the bags and leave the tea to cool to room temperature

  • 9

    Stir in the tea from the activation batch

  • 10

    Place the hydrated SCOBY in the tea mixture and cover the jar with a dampened muslin cloth and secure with a rubber band or kitchen string

  • 11

    Leave the mixture to ferment in 20°C-30°C temperature, undisturbed for 7 days. At this stage you can add fruits of your choice to steep in the tea which adds to the taste of the kombucha

  • 12

    Reserve any leftover tea from this batch to make your next batch, repeating the same process

NOTES

TIP: You can't drink your activation batch of kombucha neat, but you can use it as an acid in salad dressings or meals

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