Brew Your Own Kombucha Tea
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Serves: 1 gallon
  • 1 gallon (16 cups) water
  • 1 cup white sugar (don't use honey or brown sugar)
  • 8 black or green tea bags (more if you like a stronger tea)
  • 1 cup starter kombucha, or pasteurized apple cider vinegar
  1. Boil water, dissolve sugar and add tea.
  2. Let it cool to room temperature, heat will kill the scoby.
  3. Pour into jar with scoby and a cup of starter kombucha or apple cider vinegar.
  4. Cover with breathable cover, secure with rubber band.
  5. Let it ferment away from direct sunlight, for 7-10 days, depending on ambient temperature, times will vary. Check by tasting. The more sour, the better nutritionally.
  6. Strain and store in airtight bottles if you want slight carbonation, or simply store in a juice pitcher.
  7. For second fermentation and flavouring, add desire fruit juice, dried fruit or ginger and keep at room temperature for a few more days in an airtight container. Caution when opening as contents will be under pressure.
Recipe by FreestyleFarm at