Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Making Kombucha: Supplies

What you will need:

Starter culture: This can be slightly tricky. You need to get the kombucha organism-called a SCOBY (symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast) from a friend or one of the many online vendors. You can also contact me for info on getting one of mine :). This will also come with a small amount of kombucha, you will need this for your first brew so don’t throw it out. If your starter culture comes in a plastic bag you are going to want to transfer it to a glass container as soon as possible.

1 Gallon Jar: I use a suntea jar. Kombucha isn’t supposed to come in contact with plastic or metal (or at least very minimal contact), Suntea jars do have plastic or metal spouts. There has been much discussion in kombucha making circles about if this is acceptable. There are of course varied opinions but there are many people who have successfully been making kombucha in suntea jars for years. Its really up to you and your preferences. 

Tea: you will need 6 tea bags. These can be green, black or white tea. Its best to use organic but in all honesty I don’t currently make mine with organic tea so again this is personal preference and what you have available. You can also use 4 bags of white, black or green and 2 bags of flavored tea, I like using 2 bags of chai tea.

Sweetener: Most people seem to use white sugar for this, you will need 1 cup. You can also use brown sugar, sucanat or rapadura. Most kombucha makers don’t recommend honey due to its antibiotic nature (it could also kill the probiotics that you want) but I have heard of people using it successfully. Very little of the sweetener should be left when your brew is complete since that is what the (good) bacteria and yeast feed on during the brew.

12 cups of water-the most pure you can get is the best.

You will need a cloth (NOT cheesecloth) or a couple coffee filters to cover your jar and two rubber bands to secure it.

That’s it! Gather these supplies and you will be ready to start your brew when I post the directions in a few days!

More on Kombucha:
About Kombucha

Coming Soon:
Making Kombucha: Directions
Kombucha Resources

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