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Experimentation January 19, 2016

Filed under: Interests,Parenthood,Uncategorized — clappingonthedownbeat @ 4:16 PM

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I am now adding brewer to my list of roles.  I turned my oldest son on to kombucha tea.  At first it was a “treat”, then it became a weekly request, then I decided we would just make it at home.

Now you might be asking “what is kombucha”?

Kombucha refers to any of a variety of fermented, lightly effervescent sweetened black or green tea drinks that are commonly used as functional beverages for their unsubstantiated health benefits. Kombucha is produced by fermenting tea using a “symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast” (SCOBY).

It is a lightly carbonated probiotic drink.

We start by basically brewing sweet tea.  It cools down,  then the SCOBY is added.  It’s the white thing floating in the jars.  This bacteria/yeast colony feeds on the sugar, and carbonates the liquid.  The tea ferments for about 10-14 days.  We taste it along the way.  When its ready, it can be flavored with a little juice.  Then the process starts over again.

Way cheaper and more fun to brew at home.  It’s a science experiment we benefit from.

And our SCOBY grows more SCOBYs.  We are up to brewing two gallons every two weeks.

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