Healthy Eating

Kombucha

Kombucha is a sweet fermented tea that is growing in popularity as a health promoting drink. It is made by fermenting tea using a Kombucha culture also known as a scoby (a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast). This feeds on the sugar in the tea and produces healthy bacteria.

Ingredients

  • 2.5 Litres of water
  • 4 – 6 Tea bags (at least 2 of which should be black tea bags)
  • 225g White sugar
  • 1 Kombucha culture (scoby)
  • 300ml Kombucha tea from a previous batch, or 3 tbsp of cider vinegar

Method

Bring 2.5 litres of water to the boil. Turn off the heat and add 225g of white sugar and 4-6 teabags then stir. Leave for 15 minutes before removing.

Leave the mixture to cool further until it reaches room temperature. Then add 300ml Kombucha tea from a previous batch or purchased (or 3tbsp of cider vinegar). Pour into the Kilner® Kombucha Dispenser.

Add the scoby, DO NOT ADD WHEN HOT. If the scoby is added when the liquid is hot, it will prevent fermentation. It is important that air is allowed to circulate around the Kombucha mixture.

Do not use any metal tools during the process as metal can react with the Kombucha culture hindering fermentation.

Once you have the desired taste, with clean hands remove the muslin and scoby. Add the wooden push top lid and store in the fridge to keep fresh.

You can then store the scoby along with a small amount of the Kombucha in a Kilner® Clip Top Jar ready to use for your next batch.

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