Kombucha served in bottles

Kombucha

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  • Preparation and cooking time
    • Prep:
    • no cook, plus infusing, cooling and 1-2 weeks fermenting
  • More effort
  • Makes 2 litres

Discover how to make kombucha and the 'scoby', or 'symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast' that forms the base of this fermented drink – then try a secondary fermentation with added flavours

  • Dairy-free
  • Egg-free
  • Gluten-free
  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
Nutrition: Per serving
HighlightNutrientUnit
kcal33
low infat0g
saturates0g
carbs8g
sugars8g
fibre0g
protein0.1g
salt0g
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Ingredients

  • 2 organic green teabags (or 2 tsp loose leaf)
  • 2 organic black teabags bags (or 2 tsp loose leaf)
  • 100-200g granulated sugar , to taste
  • 1 medium scoby , plus 100-200ml starter liquid

Method

  • STEP 1

    For essential information on brewing safely, our top recipe tips and fun flavours to try, read our guide on how to make kombucha. Pour 1.8 litres boiled water into a saucepan, add the teabags and sugar (depending on how sweet you like it or the bitterness of your tea), stir to dissolve the sugar and leave for 6-10 mins to infuse.

  • STEP 2

    Remove and discard the teabags without squeezing them. Leave the tea to cool completely before pouring into a large 2.5- to 3-litre glass jar. Add the scoby and its starter liquid, leaving a minimum of 5cm space at the top of the jar.

  • STEP 3

    Cover the jar with a cloth or kitchen paper so the scoby can 'breathe'. Secure with an elastic band and label the jar with the date and its contents.

  • STEP 4

    Leave to ferment for one to two weeks at room temperature and away from radiators, the oven or direct sunlight. Do not put the jar in a cupboard, as air circulation is important. 

  • STEP 5

    After the first week, taste the kombucha daily – the longer you leave it, the more acidic the flavour will become. When ready, pour the kombucha into bottles, making sure to reserve the scoby and 100-200ml of starter fluid for the next batch.

  • STEP 6

    The kombucha is ready to drink immediately, or you can start a ‘secondary fermentation’ by adding flavours such as fruit, herbs and spices to the drawn-off liquid and leaving it bottled for a few more days before drinking. Will keep in the fridge for up to three months
    Lemon & ginger kombucha 
    Add the zest and juice of 1 lemon and 1-2 tsp grated ginger to 750ml kombucha and mix well. Pour into a flip-top bottle and seal. Leave at room temperature for two to four days, tasting daily, until it has reached the desired level of carbonation and flavour. Strain and chill to serve.

    Berry kombucha 
    Add a handful of chopped strawberries, blueberries or bashed raspberries to 750ml kombucha and mix well. Pour into a flip-top bottle and seal. Leave at room temperature for two to four days, tasting daily, until it has reached the desired level of carbonation and flavour. Strain and chill to serve.
     

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