- 6 cups of filtered water
- 4 tea bags (black tea is typical but you can use green)
- 1/2 cup organic sugar
- SCOBY (Symbiotic Culture of Bacterial Yeast). A SCOBY looks like a large mushroom. It produces another SCOBY each time it makes a batch of kombucha, so a SCOBY mushroom can be often be procured from someone who is making their own kombucha. It can also be found for sale at markets and various internet suppliers.
- Place SCOBY and starter tea in jar.
- Place water and tea bags in stainless steel pot and bring to a boil. Turn off heat, add sugar and stir to dissolve.
- Let tea cool to room temp, remove tea bags.
- Carefully pour tea into jar with SCOBY.
- Place cheese cloth over top of jar and secure with large rubber band.
- For the first batch, allow tea to sit for about 7-10 days then taste. It should be a little fizzy and not sweet.
- This kombucha is now ready to drink. It is delicious with fresh lemon or lime juice. Enjoy!
- To make another batch, leave 2 cups of tea in the jar with the SCOBY. Repeat steps 1-5. This time the kombucha will be ready more quickly - in about 3-4 days.
- Your SCOBY will grow a "baby" on the top layer every time you do a new batch. You can keep letting it grow until the total thickness reaches about 2 inches, at that point you will need to separate it and give it away, start another jar or compost it.