Sorry for the long absence, for those who have asked. 🙂 Live has been good, but this project has taken the back burner. I intent to post here when I can, but only after I feel my responsibilities to my family have been taken care of. Life is such a balancing act, isn’t it?
On the topic at hand, Kombucha! A few people have asked me about Kombucha, but questions from my dear sister and her friend has finally given me the push to write something down about why and how we drink it.
Kombucha is a wonderful drink with many health benefits. Here’s a post discussing the history and benefits to your body that Kombucha can have.
When I first started trying to make Kombucha, I didn’t know anyone that had a SCOBY (Symbiotic Colony of Bacteria and Yeast) to share with me, and didn’t want to plunk down the money to have one shipped to me, when I didn’t even know if any of us would like it! Then, I found this post on How To Grow A Kombucha Scoby. Using this method, I grew a Kombucha Scoby in about 14 days and it has done well ever since.
Once you have your Scoby and are ready brew some Kombucha, you’ll find many variations among all the recipes out there. Kombucha is like many other things, experiment until you find what works best for you and forget about what everybody else says. That said, here are two posts on how to brew Kombucha. The first post is a simple recipe using green tea, jasmine tea, and honey or sucanat. The second post gives instruction for a second fermentation with juice to give the Kombucha a different flavor. You may like doing this or you may like just adding juice to a batch of Kombucha that has only been fermented once, as in the first post.
You’ll notice that there are times when the authors of these posts contradict each other (mainly in what to use as a sweetener). I chose these two perspectives (and there are others out there) because of their differences, so that you can be well informed and decide what is best for your own family.
For some more detailed information on different teas to use, pictures of good and bad scobys, and other intersting information, I found this website at the Happy Herbalist to be very interesting.
I hope these link have given you the information you need to get started with Kombucha, but if I’ve left anything out, feel free to ask me about it!
I hope I’ll have the inspiration and time for another post before too long, but I know better than to promise anything. However, if there was interest, I might be convinced to put up some pictures of the kids for any grandparents who were interested. Any takers? 🙂