If you’ve never tried Kombucha you either live under a rock or you’re simply not as much of a health nut as I am. If you have, you’d remember- you either hate it or love it. I’m of the latter, but then again, I gobble up all sorts of things that make other people cringe- pickles, sauerkraut, vinegar, kimchi, sardines, and the like. I use my boyfriend as a “gauge” for what “normal” people like… and he’s spat out my Kombucha. It has a strong following among some who claim it is elixir of the gods: G.T. Dave, the guy who mass produces the stuff that sells for $3.50 a bottle at Whole Foods, claims it cured his mother’s cancer. It hasn’t cured me of anything, save my coffee addiction, but I really enjoy the taste, the fizzieness, and the energy it gives me before a workout.
Bottom line is that it’s not for everyone. By all means, buy a bottle or stop by and try some of mine before you brew your own. That being said, I get a new SCOBY “baby” with each batch and they’re always free to loving homes. Don’t be afraid to ask!
Here are some references if you want to read more about Kombucha:
Happy Herbalist’s more comprehensive brewing guide
How to tell if your kombucha is moldy. (This is pretty rare).
My tea/juice/add-ins recipes are coming soon!
Part 1: The first ferment
Part 2: The second ferment