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My Home Made Healthy Soda Alternative, Kombucha Recipe.

One of the many items in most of our diets that contribute to cognitive health issues is soda, but with my favorite carbonated natural, low sugar, low-calorie alternative costing about $4 on average for 8oz, I decided to ferment my own Kombucha from home, saving me about $200 per month. This is the recipe I found to work best for me.


Home Made Kombucha
My recipe for 1st ferment (one gallon)
You will need - Twelve organic black tea bags and 1 and ½ cups of organic sugar for each gallon.
  • Boil one gallon of water in a two-gallon pot.
  • Add sugar and make sure it is all dissolved, then turn off the heat.
  • Let twelve organic black tea bags sit in the water until room temp, then ring out tea bags in the pot.
  • Pour mix the (sweet tea) into your ferment jar (mason jar).
  • For your 1st ferment, you will need starter Kombucha for the PH. GT Kombucha original is the best (use one without a flavor added)
  • Put the Scoby and starter Kombucha in the fermenting jar (make sure the sweet tea is room temp so you do not kill the Scoby).
  • Cover the top of the Jar with a coffee filter that was soaked in white distilled vinegar to prevent fruit flies.
  • Put the fermenting jar somewhere dark and between 68 to 82 degrees for up to 3 weeks, the warmer the quicker the ferment – but your 1st batch may take longer. I enjoy a 12 day 1st ferment.

This is a great video to help you get started

After your 1st ferment, a gallon of Kombucha will only cost you twelve organic black tea bags and 1 and ½ cups of organic sugar instead of $100 on average when bought by the bottle.

Now you are all set! You can drink it as it is or do the second ferment by adding 20% fruit or fruit juice to the Kombucha in an airtight Masson Jar for up to 6 days on a counter (not in the fridge). Make sure you “burp” it every other night so the glass does not explode for the gas build up. The Kombucha will stop fermenting when it is refrigerated and you will not have you worry about any gas build up… well, maybe not in the glass since Kombucha is a natural probiotic…   

Be Well,

Jac Harrison 

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