We are brewing our first batch of kombucha at the moment. A year ago I attempted to brew kombucha, but didn’t have the right conditions and had to chuck it all out.
Since then I picked up a few huge jars because I’d hoped to try again some day. There was a starter cultures listed on Kijiji for $5, so I gave it another shot, plus did some more research.
This is a sterilized four litre jar, and we used Darjeeling tea, a cup of sugar, and two small scobys (starter cultures). After eight days you can already see some carbonation bubbling to the top. We capped it with a coffee filter and rubber band; the fruit flies came out of nowhere!
Kombucha is fermented – a food preservation method that actually increases the nutrient value. It’s bubbly like pop, yet good for you, with alcohol content around a mere .5%!