When I was visiting a dear friend a few weeks ago, she introduced my husband and I to kombucha. Now, we knew what kombucha was, we had just honestly never tried it. I don’t know what was stopping us : The price of store-bought kombucha maybe? Or maybe (for me at least) it was the nervousness associated with fermented foods. I’ve always been a bit nervous about fermenting. And I’ll admit, all my previous attempts having failed (2 batches of sauerkraut, fermented beans and so many sourdough starters I’ve lost count) have not helped build my confidence for fermenting foods at home. But after finally tasting kombucha, we had to try!
I thought of buying a scoby at first, but I honestly didn’t have the money (sooo expensive around here!) so I found a site that explained how to grow your own. All I needed was a store-bought bottle (that was happily on sale for 2.99$) and some sugar and black tea. I went in with very little expectations and was so excited when it actually worked! It took a little under 3 weeks to reach the desired thickness and consistency. It was such an interesting process to watch it grow and come to life.
So now, we are about 10 days away from tasting our first batch. (The same site explains how to make the kombucha as well.) Oh how I hope it all goes as planned.
Have you ever made kombucha before? I would love to hear about your processes, recipes, experiences…