You don't have to spend an arm and a leg purchasing an expensive kombucha kit. You can easily make your own SCOBY with just a few ingredients and a little bit of time. SCOBY stands for Symbiotic Culture Of Bacteria and Yeast. They are what help make the fermentation happen when making kombucha.
Once you've made your own SCOBY, the sky is the limit for all the delicious kombucha recipes you can make. Along with the easy DIY for making your own SCOBY, at the end of this post are some examples of flavors to help get you started. I used Numi's White Rose Tea and GT's Strawberry Serenity Kombucha to start, but you can sub those for any other tea and already made raw kombucha.
1 cup prepared Numi Organic White Rose Tea (or any tea you like)
2 T raw sugar
2.5 cups GT's Strawberry Serenity Kombucha
Combine all ingredients in a mason jar
Stir until sugar has dissolved
Cover the top with a dish towel secured with a rubber band or a coffee filter secured with a mason jar lid ring
Set in a cool, dark place to ferment and grow your brand new SCOBY
The time it takes for a SCOBY to form varies. You may start to see it forming after a week, or it could take longer. It needs to be at least 1/4 of an inch thick to use. You can keep the SCOBY farm going by periodically feeding it with more sugar. But make sure to wait to add sugar until the SCOBY forming on top is at least 1/4 of an inch thick or you will have lots of thin, unusable SCOBYs in your jar. The remaining kombucha in the jar after making your SBOBY can be used as the starter kombucha for your next batch.
Here are some examples of delicious and unique 'booch flavors you can easily create after making your SCOBY.
Want even more Kombucha SCOBY goodness? Try my simple and delicious recipe for vegan Kombucha SCOBY jerky or my vegan SCOBY Sushi recipe.
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