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Home Brew Kombucha

Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Fermentation Time14 d
Course: Drinks


  • 1/2 gallon tempered glass jar
  • Cheesecloth or thin towel
  • Flip top bottle (optional)
  • Rubberband


  • 8 bags organic black or green tea
  • 1 cup organic white sugar
  • 7 cups water divided
  • 1 Kombucha SCOBY
  • 1/2 cup starter liquid


  • Bring 4 cups water to a boil. Pour into glass jar, add sugar and stir to dissolve. Add tea to the sugar solution and let steep for at least ten minutes, or up to an hour.
  • Remove tea bags, and let tea cool to room temperature.
  • Add remaining water, SCOBY and 1/2 cup of starter liquid to the room temperature sweet tea.
  • Cover jar opening with cheesecloth or thin towel and secure with a rubber band. Let ferment at room temperature, out of direct sunlight, for 10-14 days.
  • During fermentation you'll notice a new scoby growing. Once fermentation is complete, remove SCOBYs and one cup of brew from the jar and store in glass container.
  • Seal newly brewed kombucha with an airtight lid and store on counter for 3-4 days to go through a secondary ferment (ie. get fizzy!).
  • Once brew has fermented to your liking, store in fridge for up to 3 months.


During warmer months, the fermentation process may be faster. Start to check on your initial ferment around 7 days.