A few months ago I added one of those expensive kombucha brewing kits to my amazon wishlist. Shortly there after, one of the vegans I "know" (online, woo!) offered to send me a SCOBY (symbiotic culture of yeast and bacteria) aka a mushroom so I could brew my own kombucha. I was a little scared of the idea at first, but I couldn't turn down a free SCOBY so I figured I'd give it a try, and I ordered a 1 gallon glass jar to brew in.
Here on the right is the SCOBY Annie mailed me, and on the left is the SCOBY I've made after 3 batches!
And here's my classy bottling - you aren't supposed to use bottles with metal tops but it's all I ahve right now.
My best batch yet! Look at this fizz after one bottling!
So here are the directions I've been using. I've done a batch with black tea, a batch that's half black and half green, and a batch that was all green. So far my unrefined palate doesn't taste a huge difference, but I'm sure I'll get there.
At first I wasn't sure how I felt about the home brewed booch because it is a little bit different, but that's mostly because I haven't been flavoring most of the bottles. I did make a strawberry one today and a strawberry orange one, so I'll let you know how that goes.