Kombucha Recipe



  1. Pour 4 cups of tea in a 2-litre (8-cup) glass jar.
  2. Dissolve the preferred sweetener in the tea and let stand to cool to room temperature.
  3. Add the Kombucha SCOBY, or just the kombucha tea from a previous batch.
  4. Place a clean cloth over the mouth of the container and secure with an elastic band.
  5. Ferment at room temperature for 7 - 10 days, depending on temperature
  6. Strain the Kombucha (tea) and *repeat the process for the next batch.
  7. * As a buffer and as an inoculum, include 5% to 10% of previous brew with the freshly prepared sweetened tea solution. This will ensure a good kombucha is prepared on an ongoing basis.

You may need to experiment with fermentation time. The finished Kombucha tea should have a slight sour taste with a slight to moderate effervescent sparkle. If still too sweet and flat, ferment for a few days longer.

 Two non-cane sugar Kombucha brewing along nicely

Precaution ... Please Read

Contamination due to mold-growth is sometimes found growing on the surface of the mother-culture, if this happens one should discard the Kombucha, and start or obtain a new culture. Some species of fungi or molds, especially of the Aspergillus family, have been known to propagate on MOV and SCOBY cultures. These molds usually have green coloured spores, while some strains may produce black spores. Some varieties of fungi produce aflatoxins and mycotoxins, which one should completely avoid in their brew!!


Gently rocking the kombucha once daily, seems to be an effective preventative measure, to ensure that molds do not propagate on the surface of the SCOBY. This may be due to the fact that rocking forces some of the vinegar to wash over the surface of the SCOBY. Performing this once daily, maintains the surface of a SCOBY wet at all time, which is the main factor in the prevention of mold-growth. A SCOBY that may become submerged due to a heavy rocking action, will force the brew to form a new SCOBY within a few days. This action also provides soluble oxygen for the specific aerobic bacteria (oxygen lovers), Gluconacetobacter xylinum, which synthesize cellulose from glucose in the presence of oxygen.



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