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Cooking With Kate: Kombucha!!

April 3, 2014

One of the things Kate has been teaching me is that home-making just about anything is much easier than it seems. When I found out Kate was planning to brew Kombucha I text her immediately and told her I wanted in.

Kombucha is a raw, fermented, probiotic, and naturally carbonated tea. Bucha’ is rich in amino-acids, probiotics, antioxidants, glucuronic acid, trace minerals, B vitamins and more. It is a living, enzyme-rich drink. Just about every established medical research university claims that all these things are excellent for your digestion, immune system, and in the case of amino–acids, glucuronic acid and antioxidants, potentially cancer preventatives (Kombucha Tea for your health and Healing: Alick Bartholomew)

With the help from an amazing company called Kombucha Brookyln, we will show step by step on how to brew the bouch’ at home. KBBK offers great kits at different price ranges that gives you all the tools you need to make brewing at home super simple. Kate purchased the 1 gallon crock kit and the measurements below pertain to the 1 gallon. This is so stinkin’ easy your going to love it!

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Step 1: Boil 1/4 gallon of water

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Step 2: Add KBBK tea bags or any (regular black irish tea, no flavors) (120 grams of tea) and remove pot from heat. It’s ok to brew your tea very strong, then dilute with water. 

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Step 3: Remove and squeeze tea bag in pot (you want to extract as much of the tea nutrients as possible).

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Step 4: Add 1 cup of sugar, stir until dissolved

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Step 5: Add cool purified water (If your water is not purified or if it’s too hot it will kill the SCOBY), Kate’s needed 3 quarts of cool purified water to lower the tea’s temperature. This is a crucial step you don’t want to mess up on. 

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Step 6: Pour mixture into the KBBK crock

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Step 7: The KBBK crock comes with a temperature gauge to ensure your tea is not too hot or too cold. In between 68-78 is right where you want your tea before adding the SCOBY

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Step 8: After you ensure the temp is safe add your live SCOBY and the entire contents of your stored scoby like Kate’s or the contents in the starter SCOBY (SCOBY stands for Symbiotic Culture of Bacteria and Yeast. It is a living organism) Kate has brewed several times before so she is using a scoby she has had in the fridge. KBBK will send you a starter SCOBY when you order a kit.

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Step 9: Top off with cool water and allow 1 inch between tea level and rim of crock

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Step 10: Cover your crock with a tight-woven cloth and rubberband

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Step 11: Store in a place that you will keep your temperature in between 68-78. Kate’s fridge top regulates the best in her home. 

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Taste periodically after 5 days. The brew is done when it taste good. 7-10 days is the suggested KBBK time but I found for my personal batch that I enjoy my tea at about 14 days.

I have brewed twice using Kate’s kit and found that I needed a bigger pot. Charlie and I love it and drink it way too fast. So if you have more than one person that will be enjoying this health filled elixir you might want to invest in the 2 or 3 gallon size. Here’s my kit the 3 gallon and all the contents that come with it.

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This is an incredibly simple way to increase natural probiotics into your diet. You can store your Kombucha in your fridge for up to a year! Your SCOBY will stay alive after brewing when stored in a large mason jar and put in the fridge with some leftover bucha’. It will be dormant stored in the fridge (won’t continue to grow) but will thrive when brewed another time.

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Cheers to health!!

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