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How to Make Kombucha at Home Cheap and Easy
Now you will need your own SCOBY. This is a living, growing colony of bacteria. Unfortunately, you can’t just walk down to the supermarket and pick one up (not yet, anyway.) There are a couple of ways you can get one. If you know someone who is already brewing their own kombucha, as them for a “baby.” Chances are they will be only too glad to give you one. Every couple of batches, your SCOBY has a “baby” which can be used to start making more (another batch) of kombucha. This is the best way to get your own SCOBY.
However, if you don’t know anyone who is making kombucha, you can always order one online. Be careful who you order from, however, as SCOBYs are available online at all kinds of places, and you really don’t know what they contain. Use a trusted source, generally online sites that sell only kombucha accessories and SCOBYs. It might seem a bit pricey to begin with, but remember that you will only need to buy it once. After that, your SCOBY will make babies and it just keeps on growing and reproducing. Sort of like buying one pair of rabbits. That’s really all you will ever need!
Once you have your container and your SCOBY, you are ready to go! Let’s double check the list to be sure you have everything you need to get started:
- Glass or ceramic jar with non-metal spigot
- A wooden stirring spoon or stick (NEVER use metal!)
- A lid or some coffee filters, cheesecloth, or kitchen towel for a lid
- A large rubber band to secure the lid if you are making your own
- Your SCOBY. If you ordered it online, be sure to rehydrate it according to the instructions before you begin
- Starter tea from a previous batch of kombucha (if a friend has some- don’t use bottled kombucha) otherwise, you can use some white vinegar or apple cider vinegar
- Filtered water (don’t use distilled water)
OK, are you ready?
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