Kombucha tea

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Kombucha tea

Postby martindisorder » Mon May 25, 2015 16:10

I have been having a look into kombucha tea http://www.foodrenegade.com/kombucha-health-benefits/

And decided to have ago myself so I've ordered a starter kit from amazon
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/B00H9I6SAW/ref=mp_s_a_1_12?qid=1432562802&sr=8-12&pi=AC_SX110_SY165&keywords=kombucha

Just waiting for it to arrive!

Does anyone else make this and have any hints tips or advise for me?

Im hoping i like it enough to stop me drinking so much fizzy pop and help with a bit of weight loss.
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Re: Kombucha tea

Postby JamesMcS » Mon May 25, 2015 20:39

Just had a read up on Wikipedia - I'm looking forward to hearing how it works out. I've just started enjoying kefir from the supermarket, thinking about having a crack at that myself!
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Re: Kombucha tea

Postby martindisorder » Thu May 28, 2015 16:54

My kit arrived today so getting it on straight away.

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All the contents of the kit. 5l bucket with tap, 2 large scobes cloth and band and a good set of instructions.

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350g of sugar and 12 Yorkshire teabags

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4l of boiling water added now to mash for 30min before cooling to pitching temp. No need for loads of accuracy just cool to the touch.
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Re: Kombucha tea

Postby martindisorder » Thu May 28, 2015 21:05

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Chilled the sweet tea down to about 20°c then added 2 scobes and covered now just have 10-14 days to wait
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Re: Kombucha tea

Postby Crastney » Wed Mar 01, 2017 11:18

Martin - how did this go?
I've just started making a kombucha, I used the live dregs from a store bought bottle of kombucha, used lose leaf tea, a cup of sugar, and filled up with water in a 1 gal tapped jug. I will use the hydrometer to work out when to bottle it. don't want it too vinegary.

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Re: Kombucha tea

Postby MrBoy » Wed Mar 15, 2017 13:45

I've never heard of this. Is it essentially tea-scrumpy?

I'd never thought of making alco-tea but I suppose there's no reason you couldn't make fermented iced tea (not including the bacteria)? Honey and green tea go well so I wonder about a green-tea mead?! Or what about fermented sweet coffee?

(sorry to divert from the thread slightly)
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Re: Kombucha tea

Postby robwalker » Wed Mar 15, 2017 16:35

There's a forum for it on homebrewtalk if it helps. Don't worryods we won't lose him, it's all weird measurements over there - tried a few times and just couldn't get into it, weird stuff. Good luck!
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Re: Kombucha tea

Postby Crastney » Thu Mar 16, 2017 11:41

it's not classed as alcoholic. You only use 1 cup of sugar per gallon of tea, and the SCOBY actually converts the alcohol once produced, into other things (vinegars?) final abv is < 0.5%

Mine got an infection (blue mould), so I'll have to chuck it, and buy another bottle of live kombucha from a shop, and culture another scoby starter. I'm gutted as it was just starting to taste interesting.

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