Kombucha | Take charge of your health

huge percentage of our immune system comes from our digestive system. So naturally we know the health of our gut is a good picture of our overall health. Everything from allergies to depression to diseases are linked to gut health. This has given rise to the many probiotic products, active culture yogurts, pills and much more. Are all of these effective at helping our digestive system and in turn our immune systems? How can we manage our own health? Can we help boost our immune systems so everything stays healthier?

A few years back I became interested in the idea of home brewing kombucha, to aid my families digestive issues and boost our overall health. I did all the research, learning that it’s actually a very old practice and has been connected with a multitude of health benefits. And since different members of my family had always suffered from digestive issues ranging from chronic constipation to other with chronic IBS type symptoms (and since I love healthy everything, really you should go check out this other great healthy winter drink I just Love Here). So knowing we are no foreigners to DIY health and learning as we go, we gave it a go and never looked back.

Kombucha

kombucha process

This may seem complicated at first but after a few batches you realize it is the easiest thing ever!

What you need

  • organic green or black tea
  • organic sugar
  • filtered water
  • glass brewing container
  • glass storage bottles
  • organic fruit/ juice or similar
  • scoby

your scoby (which stands for symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast) this is your live culture. This will feed on your sugar in the tea, therefore removing much of the sugar, in turn fermenting the tea, leaving behind healthy little gut healing microbes. Sounds weird, and the scoby doesn’t look particularly attractive, but it does it’s job well. Scoby ferments tea, you drink tea which is a live-culture food, probiotics go to heal and aid your digestive system and in turn your immune system. See a total winning process.

So here we go

ScobyHere is our little scoby saved from our last brew. We do a continuous brew, so we start this process again at the end to keep kombucha in constant supply.

Home brewHome brewingHere we have our 1 gallon glass jar, organic sugar and tea. It is important that it is glass as plastics will leech harmful toxins into your kombucha (in fact removing plastics from as much as you can is a great idea that’s why we save all sorts of glass to reuse).

Recipe

1 gallon filtered water

2 Tbsp. Green or black tea

1 cup sugar

Bring your 1 gallon of water to a boil. Turn off the heat a place your tea in a mesh tea bag into the hot water to brew for 5-10 minutes then remove tea. Add 1 cup of sugar to tea and stir till completely dissolved. Let cool to room temperature. Pour your cooled sweet tea mixture to your cleaned 1 gallon glass jar (little side note here, we rinse our gallon jar with white vinegar, just to prevent mold spores from forming).  Add your scoby or live culture and starter fluid that comes with it (try to avoid touching it if at all possible).Home brewHome brewHome brewHome brewCover your jar, but makes sure it it something breathable, but very secure. A tea towel and a string is what we use. (The kids call it an Abraham jar) Now you let that set on the counter or somewhere room temperature for 2-4 weeks, while the fermentation process completes. The longer it sets the less sugar that will be left and the more healthy it will be. However the stronger vinegar taste it will have so for us 2-3 weeks is about right.Home brewHere is the kombucha finished with the first brew, and it can be drank this way. However we do a second brew to add flavor and carbonation, this make it much more enjoyable. Notice a new scoby has formed at the top of the liquid, that’s what you will save out for the next brew, along with about 1 cup of the liquid.

Home brewHome brewWe are using two half gallon glass jars and we will add fresh organic fruit. You can also use thawed frozen fruit, or even organic juice.

Home brewThis second process only needs a few days 2-4, depending on your liking. However, new yeast stands will form on your fruit and at the top, this is totally normal. Also it will begin to bubble, burp your lids a few times.

imageAfter a few days the kombucha will look more colored like the fruit you used, and the fruit will have less color like these strawberries (sorry for the bad photo, the glass on the side of the bottle is distorting the image I am trying to get)

imageRebottle into smaller personal sized glass bottles or new large glass ones, to remove fruit and yeast pieces ( I don’t like to drink them). Refrigerate and enjoy!

 

Kombucha: Take charge of your health

Kombucha: Take charge of your health

Ingredients

  • 1 gallon filtered water
  • 2 Tbsp organic green or black tea
  • 1 C. Organic sugar
  • Fruit or juice for flavor (optional)

Instructions

  1. Bring your 1 gallon of water to a boil.
  2. Turn off the heat a place your tea in a mesh tea bag into the hot water to brew for 5-10 minutes then remove tea.
  3. Add 1 cup of sugar to tea and stir till completely dissolved.
  4. Let cool to room temperature.
  5. Pour your cooled sweet tea mixture to your cleaned 1 gallon glass jar.
  6. Add your scoby or live culture and starter fluid that comes with it.
  7. Cover your jar with a cheesecloth or other breathable material, secure around the rim with a string or rubberband.
  8. Let sit and brew in room temperature for 1-4 weeks.
  9. Leaving out starter and 1 cup of fluid for next brew, pour your kombucha into a separate glass bottle for either storing or the flavoring process.
  10. Add a handful of fruit or juice for flavor.
  11. Cover and let sit and brew for 2-4 days.
  12. Once this brew is finished, strain out fruit any yeast strings and store in glass bottles and place in the fridge to enjoys whenever
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Kombucha may seem like a new craze, in reality it has been around for a very long time. With all that science is learning about our gut health and our overall health, probiotics are a must. Kombucha sells for an average of $3 a bottle at the store. The good news is you can make a gallon for a fraction of that price! How great is it to know you can manage much of your own health and wellness right from your own kitchen for nothing more than a few bucks at a time. Health is priceless this healthy and delicious drink makes it a breeze♡♡♡

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Beth