|Culturing the kombucha - 5 days in|
CulturingWe will culture this kombucha from a store-bought bottle of raw, plain kombucha. Choose a bottle from the store that has plenty of tendrils and floaty bits in it. You can drink half the bottle, but save a cup of it and all the floating matter. I used GT Dave's Original Kombucha, but I heard that High Country is the best brand to use for this.
Boil 1 cup of plain water. Add to this 1 regular black teabag and 2 tbsp sugar. Turn off the heat and wait for it to cool to room temperature. This is the tea in which we'll culture the mother from the store bought bottle.
1 cup water
1 black tea bag (organic)
2 tbsp sugar (organic)
In a clean, glass jar with a wide mouth, combine the tea and the kombucha with floating matter. Cover the jar with a piece of breathable, clean cloth and leave it.
|After 5 days, the small whitish patches started to join up|
The surface will slowly become covered with your new baby. If you ever see anything that looks like regular bread mold (fluffy stuff on the surface or side of the jar), trash that attempt and start again. Wait until the surface is covered and the baby is about 1/8" (3mm) deep. It took 9 days in my 80F apartment, but this will vary. Then you are ready to feed up the baby.
|Nice baby trapping CO2 bubbles under the surface|
Feeding UpMake another batch of sugary tea. Boil 4 cups of water. Add to this 2 black teabags and 1/3 cup sugar. Take the water off the heat and wait for it to cool to room temperature.
|Making the Feeding Up tea|
4 cups water
2 black tea bags (organic)
1/3 cup sugar
Pour the tea into a gallon wide mouth glass jar. Add everything from the culturing stage. The baby will probably sink right away.
|Notice how the culturing tea has lightened compared to the feeding up tea. This is normal|
|With clean hands, you can carefully hold the baby. Slippery!|
Again, cover the jar with clean, breathable cloth and put it somewhere safe. When the baby is 1/4" to 1/2" (6-13mm) deep, you are ready to start brewing some kombucha for consumption. This took 12 days in my apartment.
|A nice thick SCOBY after feeding up|
BrewingWe're finally ready to start brewing a drink for our consumption. This is the stage you will repeat and repeat, maybe with different teas, but always with sugar. Brew a batch of tea with 3 quarts of boiling water and 1 cup of sugar. Use 4 teabags. Allow the tea to cool to room temperature.
3 quarts water
4 black tea bags (organic)
1 cup sugar
Once the tea is cool, pour it into a clean, wide mouth gallon jar. To this add 2 cups of the liquid from the feeding up stage. In future batches, you will always add 2 cups of kombucha at this stage.
|Measuring out the acidic tea to transfer to the 1st drinking tea|
|Clean hands and transfer SCOBY to brewing up jar|
That's it! You've done everything you need to do. Drink and be merry (and healthy)!