A Beginner’s Guide to Kombucha Part 1: The Set Up

A Beginner’s Guide to Kombucha Part 2: The First Ferment

So now you want to flavour your brew. This is where things start to get really interesting!

What You Need:

These are the things you will need on hand to make your start your second ferment:

  1. A Ceramic Bowl to lay your scoby in
  2. A Wooden Spoon
  3. A Plastic Sieve
  4. A Jug to pour your brew into
  5. Clean Dark Glass Bottles with lids – I use green or brown bottles eg wine or whiskey bottles
  6. A funnel
  7. A cloth and hand towel to mop up any spillage and to clean your hands
  8. Your chosen fruits and flavourings
  9. A Dark cupboard where your brew can ferment

What to Do:

  1. Gather all your supplies so once you get going you can go with the flow (so to speak)
  2. Make sure that whatever fruit and flavourings (vanilla pods, ginger etc) is cut into long thin pieces that can easily fit into your glass bottles and pop them in
  3. Using your clean hands, or wooden spoon, remove the scoby from the brewing vessel and place her in your ceramic bowl.
  4. Pour some brew into your jug
  5. Using a funnel, pour the brew into your glass bottle, leaving at least a thumbs length of space from the top of the bottle to allow the fizz to form.
  6. Make sure you leave enough starter liquid behind for your next brew!!!
  7. Place your scoby back into the starter liquid.
  8. Make sure your fit the lids onto your bottles tightly.
  9. Place in a dark cupboard for 3-5 days, depending on the temp.
  10. You will want to check your brew everyday and open the lid to release any gas and prevent it from shooting off! This is why I no longer use corks!
  11. When your brew is fizzy enough for you, remove from the cupboard and put in the fridge to stop further fermentation.
  12. Enjoy your delicious home made kombucha!

TIP: Remember, the more sugary the fruit you use to flavour your brew, the quicker fermentation.

Fun Flavour Combinations

Here are my all-time favourites and some fun ideas to try:

  1. Ginger and Lemon
  2. Apple and Cinnamon
  3. Pear and Ginger
  4. Lemon and Mint
  5. Rose Geranium
  6. Strawberry
  7. Plum
  8. Granadilla

What are your favorite flavour combinations? We would love to hear them!

Till Next Time –

Happy Kombucha Brewing!

 

 

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