You should consider buying a Kombucha brewing starter kit.
While a bottle of Kombucha can cost you $3-$5 in the store, you can brew your own for as little as $1 for the same quantity.
Keep in mind that the best starter kits are not cheap, but you will eventually get those costs back over time. They can run anywhere from $200-$400 for the large volume kits, while $30-$60 for the smaller kits. Check out one of the most popular Kombucha starter kits on Amazon.
It can take anywhere from 7-30 days to brew depending on the amount of tea and your personal preferences with its taste. You can then store the brewed tea in the refrigerator in smaller bottles.
The kits usually come with SCOBY (culture of bacteria and yeast) with a liquid starter, tea leaves, sugar, pH test strips, thermometer and more. Oftentimes, you need to buy a large jar to ferment the tea, but the more expensive kits do include it.
Some of the most popular makers of brewing kits are Get Kombucha, Kombucha Brooklyn, and the Kombucha Shop.
Here are some frequently asked questions regarding Kombucha:
What is Kombucha?
It is a fermented tea consisting of sugar, tea leaves, water, and SCOBY (bacteria and yeast). It originated in China and has been around for over 2000 years.
Where can I buy the brewing starter kits?
Most kits can be purchased online through large retailers like Amazon or directly through the manufacturer’s sites. Click here to check out a popular kit on Amazon.
Do I need to use caffeinated tea to make Kombucha?
Yes and no. If you want your SCOBY to last a long time, it requires real tea (made from the Camellia sinensis plant), which contains caffeine. The SCOBY gets its nutrients from sugar and normally from the leaves of the tea. It is highly recommended to use black, green, white, or oolong tea. However, I have read reports from multiple people using Rooibos and other herbal teas to brew their Kombucha. You can use these non-caffeinated teas for the short term, but do not expect your SCOBY to last as long.
How much caffeine is in Kombucha?
The amount of caffeine depends on the type of tea you use to brew. Kombucha is generally considered to have about ⅓ the amount of caffeine as your chosen tea since the SCOBY consumes some of the caffeine. While black tea might normally have 25-80 mg of caffeine, Kombucha with black tea may only have 8-25 mg of caffeine. Green tea has even less caffeine than black tea, so you could get as low as 2-3 mg of caffeine in the final brew.
Once I receive the starter kit, how long do I have to use the SCOBY?
Many manufacturers recommend to use the SCOBY within a few weeks of the starter kit’s arrival.
Can I reuse the SCOBY?
Yes you can reuse the SCOBY again and again. It will start to grow another SCOBY as you brew your batch. You just need to make sure to keep it healthy.
How long can you keep Kombucha in the fridge?
I’ve read that it can last for weeks or months due to the vinegar, and there really is no expiration besides the yeast and bacteria eventually dying. I would check with the manufacturer of the starter kit to be safe.
What does Kombucha taste like?
Depending on how long you ferment the tea, it can taste fairly mild or have a very strong vinegar flavor. It is naturally carbonated, so tastes fizzy. It can also be flavored with fruits to change its taste.
What are the health benefits of Kombucha?
It is known for its large amount of probiotics, which are good for gut health and digestion, plus also contains many vitamins and antioxidants.
How do you pronounce Kombucha?
It is pronounced kohm-boo-cha.
If you find yourself buying a bottle of Kombucha more than once a week, I would highly recommend buying a brewing starter kit in order to save money in the long run. It is a great investment in your health and well-being.