Stop putting it off and finally get your own kombucha going. You can get started without having a SCOBY and instead grow your own!
I know it’s kind of silly, but I have a lot of regrets, and one of them is not starting to brew kombucha earlier. Brewing your own kombucha is simple and easy. Not only does it save money, but I always have a kombucha on hand! Bonus: it doubles as a host gift! Your friends and family will be much more excited to try your homemade kombucha instead of that mediocre bottle of wine that you picked up at the store.
I put off brewing my kombucha for years. I was afraid that it would make my apartment stink. I was worried that my roommate would be upset by having a big ugly jar out on our kitchen counter. I had been scared off with horror stories from friends, relatives, and strangers that told me second-hand stories about what would happen if a brew went bad. I thought that I wouldn’t be able to tell if a brew went bad. I second guessed myself each time I saw a SCOBY at the health food store. Why would I pay $20 for a slimy mass when I just buy a bottle for $4?
My fears were unfounded. Brewing kombucha does not stink. I keep the jar off the kitchen counter and tucked in the living room corner where it’s out of sight and undisturbed. If a brew goes bad, it’s immediately obvious and I just chuck it and restart. If I’m worried about it, I do a google search or just chuck it and start again. I don’t buy SCOBYs, and instead grow my own from a bottle for $4. It costs me pennies to make a batch. I love brewing kombucha, and I wish I had tried it sooner.
Now is the time to start brewing your own kombucha! Grab a large glass container, a bottle of kombucha, and a kitchen towel to get started. It’s easy, and you won’t regret it.
Brew Kombucha without a SCOBY
- 3 liters Water (tap water works)
- 4-5 Unflavored Black or Green Tea Bags (preferably organic)
- 1 cup Granulated White Sugar (regular table sugar works)
- 3 tbsp White Vinegar
- Large Glass Vessel for Fermenting (make sure that it can hold at least 3 liters)
- 1 Bottle of Store Bought Unflavored Kombucha (GT's and local brands are my go-to)
- Clean Dish Cloth (I use a tea towel, flour sack type)
- Large Rubber Band