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Ideas for doing Kombucha at home.

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 10, 2013 at 8:54 PM

Hi all, I've seen a few posts were people mention making kombucha at home, and my question is how do you do it/get started. I love kombucha and have been buying it when I have the extra cash but I'd love to be able to make my own so I could enjoy this yumy drink whenever I want. So any tips on what to do, where to go for stuff would be great.

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on July 25, 2013
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I've grown my own SCOBY from the GT brand lots of times. The benefit of this is you obviously get the same strain they use. Something you find from somebody on craigslist may contain some not so good bacteria / yeast. One thing about using GT though - use the classic if you can find it (the one that still contains alcohol).

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on June 12, 2013
at 06:38 PM

You can actually just buy a bottle of GT or any other brand and use that as starter liquid for your first batch, and a SCOBY will grow on its own. May take a couple batches to get a robust SCOBY, but it'll work. I got a SCOBY from a friend though. You may also want to check on Craigslist, since people are often looking to give some away. I don't use the continuous brewing method and I have three large (gallon?) Ball jars brewing at all times. Not much work, and I don't have the space for some huge continuous brewing container. Your choice.

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on July 25, 2013
at 01:46 AM

I've grown my own SCOBY from the GT brand lots of times. The benefit of this is you obviously get the same strain they use. Something you find from somebody on craigslist may contain some not so good bacteria / yeast. One thing about using GT though - use the classic if you can find it (the one that still contains alcohol).

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on April 24, 2013
at 11:50 PM

You can get a starter kit like this one here and brew to your hearts content. I recommend a continuous brewing kit if you're going to be making lots. Easier and produces more faster. Click around on those links to learn all about how to make Kombucha.

Making it at home is wayyyyyy cheaper and you can flavour the stuff however you like -- plus the homemade stuff is likely way higher in healthy probiotics over the store bought junk. I doubt most of those drinks are little more than hyped up juice in a fancy marketing package.

Good luck!

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on April 10, 2013
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I used some of the store bought stuff as a starter. There are plenty of videos on youtube. Some people put a lot of work into it, but if you just try it on the cheap for awhile you will be able to see if it is right for you. I got tired of it, but I did start thinking it would be cool to have a vessel with a spout at the bottom. The scoby floats on top. There is sediment to worry about, but I imagine you could go along time getting kombucha out of the spout, and pouring the tea/sugar mixture on top of the scoby.

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