Call me a happy hippy, a health-nut, or whatever you want but, after reading up on this I’m thinking Kombucha could be the elixir of life. I first read about it on Pinterest and found some at my local health food store. It was really good! A bit pricey at $4.50 a bottle though so, I came home and did some more research. I discovered not only could you make it yourself, it was easy! I found a great read on the benefits of Kombucha: briefly, “It’s been around for more than 2,000 years and has a rich anecdotal history of health benefits like preventing and fighting cancer, arthritis, and other degenerative diseases.” Interesting! The mad scientist in me, wanted to give it a whirl so, I got on-line, found Oregon Kombucha, ordered their coconut green tea starter kit, and waited with baited breath for my package to arrive. I was surprised to see just how simple it was to get started.
After a few days, you slip off the rubber band and stick a straw in and give it a taste. If you want it more tangy like I did, put the cover back on and wait. I waited 21 days and this is what I found when I took off the cloth cover:
So, as you can see, it’s a bacterial process. I’m not a fan of sugar, don’t use it for anything if I can help it but, this is a bacteria feeds and grows from the sugar so… Here’s my scobe, after 21 days I’m tickled it worked!
I washed, dried and filled 7 pint jars. The instructions said to leave it sealed tight, on the counter for 24-48 hrs to increase carbonation. I’m pretty pumped to see how my tangy tea is going to taste!
Update! I’ve found in the warmer climates, when one starts with a full sized scobe and not a 1” cube like I did, it only takes 7-12 days to mature. I keep multiple gallon jars growing and LOVE this stuff!! If you’ve tried it, I’d love to hear your feedback! Here’s to your health, cheers!!