Gather Your Ingredients: To make delicious kombucha, you'll need tea bags, sugar, a SCOBY (Symbiotic Culture of Bacteria and Yeast), and filtered water. Ensure everything is clean and sterilized.
Brew the Tea: Boil water and steep tea bags until it cools to room temperature. Add sugar and stir until dissolved - this will be food for your SCOBY.
Add the SCOBY: Place your SCOBY into the sweetened tea. Make sure it's clean and gently slide it in. Cover the container with a clean cloth and secure it with a rubber band.
Fermentation Time: Let the tea sit undisturbed for 7-10 days at room temperature. During this time, the SCOBY will consume the sugar and produce beneficial acids and probiotics.
Taste Testing: After the fermentation period, taste your kombucha. It should have a pleasant balance of sweetness and tanginess. Adjust the flavor by fermenting longer if needed.
Bottle and Flavor: Carefully remove the SCOBY and set it aside for the next batch. Pour the kombucha into bottles and add flavorings like fruit, ginger, or herbs for a second fermentation.
Carbonation and Refrigeration: Seal the bottles and allow them to carbonate for a few days at room temperature. Once carbonated to your liking, refrigerate the kombucha to slow fermentation and enjoy your homemade gut-healthy beverage!