So you maybe wondering why I don't buy my own. Well if you have learned anything about me you have noticed that I don't like to pay for things I can make cheaper myself (for the most part). Kumbucha at the store is about $4 a bottle for a 16oz glass. Ha! I am not willing to pay that. So I'm going to give you a step by step how to, so you can now make your own for the price of a cup of sugar and 5 tea bags.
- 1 cup sugar
- glass jars- to store kumbucha in
- pure juice-optional
When the water comes to a boil add the cup of sugar.
Allow the sugar to boil for 5 minutes. When your timer goes off, remove the pot from the heat.
Now it is time to brew your tea. Choose the tea of your choice. When completed, the Kumbucha will not have a strong tea favor, so what tea you choose is really just anything you have on hand. You will need about 5-6 individual tea bags. There is no right or wrong way to brew the tea. Allow the tea to steep for 10-15 minutes. Now your tea must cool before placing it in the gallon glass jar. So it doesn't crack or burn the "mother."
While your tea is cooling it is time to get your glasses and your jar washed and ready to go. You will need about 5 glass small jars to store your Kumbucha in. I use kumbucha jars form the store. These are made out of thicker glass than most. While storing your Kumbucha it will continue to ferment. The thick glass jars will prevent the unlikely event of them exploding.
Your gallon glass jar should have a large opening at the top. I use a cheap one that I purchased at Wal-mart a long time ago. I like it because it has a spigot, which makes it more convenient to dispense the liquid once it's done.
Now that you have found time to harvest your Kumbucha get your jars out. Pour from the spigot until there is an 1 1/2 in head space or more. *****Now you must make a decision. If you like the way your Kumbucha taste now put it in jars and refrigerate. Another way to enjoy Kumbucha is to add juice. (I prefer juice it give more variety to the favor). Here is where I add approximately 2 oz of pure juice (we like using Knudsen). Ginger is my favorite favor of Kumbucha, but my husband hates it, so I use whatever juice is in the fridge. This time it was Knudsen organic apple juice.