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Store - bought Kombucha vs. Homemade

Commented on February 22, 2016
Created January 07, 2013 at 10:07 PM

Can anyone attest to the differences between a good batch of homemade kombucha and the stuff from the store?

I am addicted to this drink (4-5 bottles/week), and am considering to learn how to make my own if it can be done just as easily and the end product just as effective.

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

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on March 06, 2013
at 12:53 AM

This. I make enough to last me a month for about $1.

Ed7403e397077dd1acdbf25c7f6e56ce

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on February 20, 2013
at 02:25 AM

I use a cup in a gallon.

Cba24b8f38b03d442bf6021cebb08e46

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on January 08, 2013
at 07:23 PM

my recipe called for 1 cup of sugar for 5cups of tea....reading that I will add far less sugar next time...thanks!!

Ed7403e397077dd1acdbf25c7f6e56ce

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on January 07, 2013
at 11:57 PM

The sugar is much less by the time the brewing finishes.

Ed7403e397077dd1acdbf25c7f6e56ce

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on January 07, 2013
at 11:56 PM

I use this pad http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B0001WV010 not too much of an investment, no need to set it or anything.

089dd41b18fbb95ebb5347cded708d98

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on January 07, 2013
at 10:57 PM

how much sugar do you use, danie? i used 1 cup sugar for 12 cups water. when you think about it, it's not that much since it's being eaten for energy anyways.

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on January 08, 2013
at 07:26 PM

I've been brewing my own kombucha for several years now. My starter kit came from the www.happyherbalist.com (a very informative site). I brew mine in a 2 1/2 gallon oak cask with Royal Pu-erh tea. The tea is a little more expensive than tea from the grocery store, but is very forgiving. The secret to a good brew is figuring out a consistent recipe, time and temperature. A heating pad is a must, as lower temps may cause you to brew some very unhealthy bacteria.

Good luck!

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on January 08, 2013
at 04:10 AM

Started home brewing 6 months ago using the Kombucha Kamp (Hannah Crum) starter kit with a "continuous brew" 2.5 gallon ceramic container with a spigot. Bought another container in November so now have 5 gallons on the go. You need a heating element to wrap around the brewing vessel (Hannah sells them) and I put mine on a simple on/off timer to give me a constant 75-degree temperature. Once it is set up, and the SCOBY's are grown (which can take 2-3 weeks) I get 5 16oz bottles every 5-6 days for a few cents vs. $3-4 for the commercial stuff. I can decide how tart I like it (my taste is for tarter brews than I used to drink) and can flavor bottles with ginger, pineapple, hibiscus, lavender and more. It takes about 15 minutes to replenish the brewing containers with the sweet tea. This is so simple I can't believe there are people out there still drinking the commercial stuff (well, OK, I sometimes buy GTs when I am out & about and feel like refreshment).

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on January 08, 2013
at 12:19 AM

I've been making my own for 2 yrs. I'm now brewing about 4 gal. each batch w/ a total cost of less than $5. (I use cheap supermarket black tea and sugar). I generally don't flavor but ginger seems to help mellow out a very tart brew.

I started w/ a single scoby I bought on ebay, a quart of tea, and 1/4 cup of sugar. I now have so many cultures that it's becoming a bother to keep them stored and I'm throwing some away. (I've got like 6 two-quart jars packed w/ the things)

It's quite easy to make and it will definitely save you money. I think you also get a much better blend of microbes after your scoby(s) adapt to your home environment.

The last time I drank a commercial Kombucha I remember thinking to myself: "Wow, this is kinda crappy". Home brew - Definitely!!

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4b5be253ac1981c690689cab7e4bf06d

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on January 07, 2013
at 10:56 PM

The home stuff is much better, mostly because you can choose when to bottle it, so it can be more sweet or more tart as you decide. You also have unlimited amounts of flavoring options, as opposed to just a few.

Also, most of the bottled Kombucha's had to reformulate, so they have fewer strains of bacteria and yeasts so they are less "alcoholic" (i.e. under .5%, where homemade Kombucha can be around .5 to 1%). The one you brew from a Scoby that has been around for a while will have more bacteria and yeast in it, which means more probiotics for your system.

It will also be MUCH CHEAPER (aka, $2-4 per gallon, depending on type of sugar and tea, vs $2-4 per Bottle of the store stuff.)

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32556)

on March 06, 2013
at 12:53 AM

This. I make enough to last me a month for about $1.

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Cba24b8f38b03d442bf6021cebb08e46

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on January 07, 2013
at 10:39 PM

I just starting making my own...its pretty good stuff, I use different kinds of tea for different flavors I add ginger when I bottle it too give it some zip. I do like the store bought stuff as they use far less sugar, I am still trying to figure that out. I am saving money from not buying it as it become a costly addiction too

Cba24b8f38b03d442bf6021cebb08e46

(88)

on January 08, 2013
at 07:23 PM

my recipe called for 1 cup of sugar for 5cups of tea....reading that I will add far less sugar next time...thanks!!

089dd41b18fbb95ebb5347cded708d98

(5635)

on January 07, 2013
at 10:57 PM

how much sugar do you use, danie? i used 1 cup sugar for 12 cups water. when you think about it, it's not that much since it's being eaten for energy anyways.

Ed7403e397077dd1acdbf25c7f6e56ce

(3452)

on January 07, 2013
at 11:57 PM

The sugar is much less by the time the brewing finishes.

Ed7403e397077dd1acdbf25c7f6e56ce

(3452)

on February 20, 2013
at 02:25 AM

I use a cup in a gallon.

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068f10fd51d6ceb77e1ab9c03156da3e

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on January 07, 2013
at 10:35 PM

I just started making Kombucha a month ago, and I love the homemade stuff more than the store-bought. My husband also loves it more. I use green tea and granulated sugar in a continuous-brew glass container with a spigot. It's easy and convenient. I haven't tried any flavoring, but it self-carbonates, which is cool!

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on April 26, 2013
at 04:32 PM

The difference?

Store bought makes you broke (soooo over priced)

Home made makes you rich (in healthy gut flora and extra cash flow)

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on April 26, 2013
at 03:25 PM

Ive been brewing my own kombucha tea at home .I bought a culture from Royal kombucha. Its better than the store bought stuff. www.royalkombucha.com

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Ed7403e397077dd1acdbf25c7f6e56ce

on February 05, 2013
at 09:36 PM

I like making sour apple with Tazo Lotus tea and then adding a little cider when I bottle.

I also make a raspberry ginger with Darjeeling tea, then adding a chunk of ginger root and some raspberry/hibiscus tea in the bottle.

Pineapple ginger was nice, too.

I think I'll do a spiced orange with OJ & chai in the bottle.

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on January 08, 2013
at 06:30 PM

Thanks for the input guys. It seems homemade is the way to go!!

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on January 08, 2013
at 01:06 AM

IMHO, home brewed is FAR better (and very easy to do! I even grew my own scoby to get started). It took a little getting used to, but my home brew is a more potent probiotic than store bought.

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089dd41b18fbb95ebb5347cded708d98

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on January 07, 2013
at 10:13 PM

i'll let you know in a few weeks, jay. i, too, buy way too much kombucha (love reed's and gt's) and decided to start my own batch a few days ago. my jug is holding a gallon of kombucha. only problem is that it's freezing here in pennsylvania and my house temp is 60 F right now. a batch needs to brew around 75-80 F. i've wrapped it in blankets so i hope that helps. i didn't want to commit to buying a heating pad just yet.

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on February 22, 2016
at 10:20 PM

I haven't ever used a heating pad and my Kombucha brews just fine. I brew them in half gallon jars and it takes about 7-9 days for it to be ready. In my personal opinion, heating pads aren't a necessity. 

Ed7403e397077dd1acdbf25c7f6e56ce

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on January 07, 2013
at 11:56 PM

I use this pad http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B0001WV010 not too much of an investment, no need to set it or anything.

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