Making scoby for kombucha tea is so simple and easy, you can do it in the comfort of your home. Find out for yourself and make your own homemade scoby for kombucha tea with this fun guide!
Homemade Scoby For Kombucha Tea
In pursuit of happiness and healthy living, we turn to healthy superfoods for the answer. Kombucha tea is all the rage these days; you must be living under a rock if you haven't heard of it before. If you're imagining that slimy, gunk-like material floating in a jar of brown liquid, that's what I am talking about. Apparently, this unappealing and unappetizing-looking material has a ton health benefits, from boosting the immune system to preventing some diseases, so it's worth getting over its weird appearance! I'm sure you're as excited as I am now, so let's get this fun experiment going.
Let's Get Started!
What You Will Need:
- 1 liter of water
- 3 organic black tea bags
- 1/3 cup of organic sugar
- 1 bottle of raw kombucha
- A large sterilized wide-mouth glass jar
- Unbleached cheesecloth
How To Make Scoby For Kombucha
Step 1. Boil Water For Tea
To make the scoby, which is actually a symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast, we will make a starter tea. Bring one liter of water to a boil, then brew 3 to 4 bags of organic tea bags as long as how you would your usual cup of tea. When you're done brewing, add in 1/3 cup of sugar and stir until it's dissolved. Now, leave the tea to cool naturally to room temperature.
Step 2. Mix Tea And Kombucha Solution
Prepare and sterilize a large glass jar with a wide mouth. You can sterilize your jar with boiling water and vinegar because you don't want germs contaminating the process. Add in one bottle of raw kombucha, but if you can't find any, you may use dehydrated kombucha instead.
Step 3. Grow The Scoby
Get your unbleached cheesecloth and fold it into layers with space enough to cover the jar's mouth. Lay the cheesecloth over the jar's mouth then secure it with a rubber band. Leave your culture in a countertop to grow.
Here's an interesting tip which you might say is an old wives' tale, but it sure is fun! Send some love to your growing culture by saying nice and loving words to it every day. Your words must be along the thoughts that it's going to be a powerful and healing elixir.
In about two weeks, you'll see your scoby growing, and once it's grown to a quarter of an inch thick, you can use it to make your kombucha tea. So what are you waiting for? Let's brew some kombucha tea now!
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How To Make Kombucha Tea
What You Will Need:
- 3 to 4 liters of water
- 5 to 7 organic black tea bags
- 1 cup of organic sugar
- Homemade scoby
- 1 cup starter tea
- Large sterilized glass jar
Step 1. Boil Water For Tea
Making a kombucha tea is quite similar to making the scoby. Bring three liters of water to a boil and brew 5 to 6 organic black tea bags. Once you're finished brewing, remove the tea bags and add 1 cup of organic white cane sugar. Stir in the tea until the sugar is completely dissolved. Turn off the stove and wait for the tea to cool down to room temperature. You wouldn't want the heat of the tea to kill the scoby.
Step 2. Brew Scoby For Kombucha Tea
Once the tea cooled down, transfer it to a well-sterilized jar. Don't use any metal tool or utensil in handling the scoby. Use your clean hands to scoop it from the starter tea jar and slide down the new batch of fresh tea. Add one cup of the starter tea or the tea from the scoby to the fresh batch.
Here's an added tip about the starter tea. You can drink it, but it will taste like strong vinegar. You can use it instead for salad dressing or rinse your hair with it to make it soft and shiny.
Now, cover the jar with a cheesecloth and secure it with a rubber band.
Step 3. Enjoy Kombucha Tea
It will take about a week for the kombucha tea to ferment and get all bubbly, but it's worth the wait when homemade kombucha tea is just the best. You can also add in your kombucha your favorite juice or any flavor you want. You may also add fresh fruits to your kombucha tea like your favorite cocktail.
Follow the step-by-step guide to make scoby for kombucha tea in this video:
There you have it, everyone! Homemade scoby for kombucha tea you can make anytime. Enjoy your way to wellness with a tea you can grow to enjoy.
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Editor’s Note – This post was originally published in October 2014 and has been updated for quality and relevancy.
I used the home made Scoby recipe. In the recipe it says to use cheese cloth. I did this and fruit flies were able to get in and contaminate my batch. I read this is common and paper towels or coffee filters are better. The photo shows paper towels I think. Anyway, just a suggestion for future readers of this recipe. My Scoby was forming well until I had to throw it out (fruit fly maggots swimming around…gross!). I used this recipe again and used paper towels and covered in a towel. Hope this works better. Thanks for the recipe!
Herbert Butler says
The paper towels work fine, but I used a square of an old tea shirt since it can be used time and again.
Mrs YD says
An excellent video – I have never heard about kombucha – so I will try your recipe. Thank you for your generosity of sharing and thank you to Lesley about her tips to avoid fruit fly infestation.