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PrincessOfWails 08-13-2010 09:05 PM

How to make Kombucha
I want to start brewing my own Kombutcha but I haven't found reliable how to instructions. Could someone either tell me how to do it or direct me to where I can find good instructions. I tried to brew one in the past but it didn't work. I am not that into refined sugar so I tried to use honey, I don't know if that was my mistake or if something else was.
Thank you for all your help!

vacax 08-13-2010 10:50 PM

Depends whether or not you have a SCOBY. I also would not brew with honey as there is a large portion that is non-fermentable. If you have a thing against white sugar try using agave syrup or something similar. Just know you are spending way more money than necessary for the same results.

Most kombucha websites I found came off as overtly amateurish and often you get hippies throwing in perspectives that are non-scientific. The one thing to know is that it is pretty easy and the instructions are basic.

First thing is first: do you have a SCOBY?

WortMonger 08-13-2010 11:46 PM

Youtube has a lot of videos, but take each one for what it is worth. vacax is right though... you have to have a SCOBY (Simbiotic Culture Of Bacteria and Yeast). Since they have pulled the drink from health food stores, due to it having alcohol in it, it is harder to find a culture starter. They should rectify the problem soon and then maybe have to show an ID to buy a commercial example to start your own from. I have been researching for a homemade starter from nothing, but to no avail. It seems the different varieties of what makes up a SCOBY are hard to find.

PrincessOfWails 08-16-2010 01:47 AM

I don't have a SCOBY, my plan was to use the glob from a GT brew, but I never thought about them being pulled now.
So what is your suggestion of where to go from here???

B-Dub 08-16-2010 04:35 AM

In CA the shelves are being restocked right now. The GT brand is to return to the shelves next week. The lady at the store said GT is the best.


Freezeblade 08-16-2010 07:41 PM

I cultured mine up from a bottle of GT. it looks really gnarly, but has served me well so far.

WortMonger 08-16-2010 10:02 PM

This is good news that it is hitting your shelves again. I have had GT and it is good. Oklahoma is unsure if they need more tax or not with the beverage (they want their alcohol dollars), so I am scared I might have to drive somewhere to get my SCOBY starter in the form of a GT beverage. Maybe Texas has them on their shelves....

vacax 08-17-2010 12:08 AM

I don't know if you would find it in your area, but my local craigslist usually has people selling SCOBYs for $10 or so.

UnverrBrau 08-25-2010 07:25 PM

honestly I wouldn't really pay anyone for a scoby as either you can just buy some bottled GT kombucha and start from there or just ask someone how makes Kombucha for a scoby. I usually end up just giving mine away since I tend to make a lot and have more then I know what to do with.

Also as said you should really just use white sugar, its much cheaper and the critters in your tea will love it.

Jipper 09-01-2010 04:43 PM

Ok, so once you have your shroom cap from your mother, do you put that cap into your tea, or are you pouring your whole starter in there? Then once you are ready to bottle your tea, what do you do with the cap?

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