Welcome to the guide to Continuous Brew Kombucha! Today, I’m going to walk you through the process of setting up your own continuous brew kombucha system. This method is simple, efficient, and perfect for those who want a steady supply of this probiotic-rich beverage. Let’s get started!
Step 1: Gather Your Supplies
Firstly, you’ll need a few essential items to start with our Guide to Continuous Brew Kombucha:
- A kombucha SCOBY (Symbiotic Culture Of Bacteria and Yeast)
- Starter tea to Avoid Mold Grwoth (2 cups per gallon)
- A large brewing vessel w/ spigot (preferably a multi-gallon ceramic or glass container)
- Choose your Tea (Black or Green tea, or try some experiemental ones)
- Cane Sugar – 1 cup per gallon to make
- A Cloth Cover and Rubber Band (make sure it fits a wide brim jar)
For a deeper dive and explanation; check out this Youtube Video detaililng the continuous brew.
Step 2: Brew Your Tea
Next, it’s time to brew your tea. Combine 8 bags of black tea, 8 bags of green tea, and 2 cups of white sugar with 2 gallons of boiling water. Stir until the sugar dissolves completely. Allow the tea to cool to room temperature.
Step 3: Prepare Your Brewing Vessel
While your tea is cooling, sanitize your brewing vessel. Remember, cleanliness is key in brewing kombucha. Rinse the vessel with hot water and vinegar, but avoid using soap as it can harm the SCOBY.
Step 4: Combine and Brew
Once your tea has cooled, pour it into the brewing vessel. Add the starter tea and SCOBY. Cover the vessel with a cloth and secure it with a rubber band. Now, let the magic happen! Leave your kombucha to brew for about 10-18 days. The exact time will depend on the temperature and your taste preference.
Step 5: Taste and Decant
After 10 days, start tasting your brew. It should have a balance of sweet and tart flavors. Once it’s to your liking, decant some of the kombucha into bottles for secondary fermentation or immediate consumption. Always leave at least 20% of the brew in the vessel to act as a starter for the next batch.
Step 6: Continuous Brewing
Finally, add fresh sweet tea to the brewing vessel to start the next batch. The remaining kombucha and SCOBY will kickstart the fermentation process.
Step 7: Enjoy and Experiment
Now, you can enjoy your homemade kombucha! As you become more comfortable with the brewing process, feel free to experiment with different tea blends and flavorings during the second fermentation. Some popular options include ginger, berries, or even spices like cinnamon.
Remember, introducing kombucha into your diet should be a gradual process. Start with a small glass per day and gradually increase your intake over a few weeks.
And there you have it! With these steps, you’re well on your way to brewing your own continuous kombucha. Happy brewing y’all!
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