I Love Kombucha. I have read many different articles about the different health benefits that come with drinking it, and while they are not all proven, and I am not a doctor, I do like the possibility that they are! Some of these health benefits include; liver detoxification, immune boost, reduce the risk of cancer, supports joint health, aids with digestion, increased pancreas function, increased energy-- this one I can attest to! It has become my favorite afternoon pick me up this summer! Last year when I had a newborn I had a habit of drinking a cup of coffee in the afternoon to get me through the rest of the day. Once my baby started sleeping better I decided I should replace that coffee with something healthy. During the winter and spring I started drinking a cup of my homemade bone broth. I enjoyed it until it started getting hot outside. I wanted something cold to drink so I switched to Kombucha. I couldn't believe how much of an energy boost I got from it everyday! Plus, I love the taste of it too!
Brewing your own Kombucha is really easy! There are recipes and information about it all over the internet. The hardest part for me was acquiring a scoby. The scoby, also referred to as the "Mother"or "mushrooms" is a colony of bacteria and yeast. You need it to turn your sweet tea into your probiotic drink-- Kombucha. It's kinda creepy looking, but you need it people!
Luckily, I got a scoby from my sister in-law. Every batch or two your scoby will grow another scoby on top of itself. It's called a "baby." If you don't have a friend with a scoby you can buy them on Amazon. I would just do your research and make sure you are getting a good one.
8 tea bags-- I like the Yogi blueberry green tea best
1 cup of white sugar
1 very clean gallon size glass jar
1 dish towel
1 cup of raw Kombucha
Brew your sweet tea.
Allow your sweet tea to cool until it's cool to touch. If it's still too hot when you add your scoby you will kill it.
Once the tea is cool, and your glass jar is clean dump your sweet tea and raw Kombucha into the jar.
Carefully place the scoby into the jar. It should float to the top. If it's not as wide as your jar it will grow during the fermentation process.
Place a clean dish towel over the top of the jar and let it sit for 7-10 days at room temperature.
Disclaimer: Always do your own research and consult your doctor before adding something new to your diet. I am not a doctor and do not claim to be a health expert.