Monday, July 20, 2009

Kombucha Home Brew

My homemade kombucha in old Synergy bottles

Long time, no blog! Seems like it anyway. Among the things I've been up to lately was finishing my homemade kombucha brew. Per the double fermentation directions, I let my kombucha mother ferment in sweet tea for 5 days. I tasted a small bit of the tea at Day 5, but decided it was still too sweet. So, I let it sit for a few more days. Maybe too long. When I went to bottle the kombucha with my juice, it tasted VERY vinegary. Since I'm used to drinking kombucha with fruit juice added, I thought the taste might improve after a few more days. It didn't. Still very vinegary and with no fizz at all :(

I kept the bottles in the fridge for a few days with the intention of trying the kombucha again chilled. But I never did. Dave poured them out yesterday to make more room in the refrigerator. I'm trying to decide whether I should give it another shot. In retrospect, I should have bottled the kombucha on Day 5 with the juice instead of waiting. But I'm not sure about the lack of fizz. I would think that would point to it maybe not fermenting long enough???

Dave is very anxious for me to decide the fate of the kombucha mother in the refrigerator (he likes to organize ie. throw away my stuff LOL!). As I sit here sipping my G.T.'s Synergy (Divine Grape), I'm undecided about giving it another shot.


Tiffany said...

I'm so sorry it didn't work! I've been thinking about trying this myself and I was looking forward to hearing how it worked out for you. Where did you get your mother mushroom? (You may have posted that before, but I can't remember.)

Mary Ellen ~ Carolina Momma said...

Hey Tiffany - I grew the kombucha mother using the directions here. That part worked out really well!

Still Learning said...

I think you should definitely try it again. You were so excited about it and this time just do the bottling on day five and see what happens. You can't give up now!!

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TrackMom said...


I recently started brewing and I think once you brew is about 1 or 2 days before how you would drink it with out juice you bottle it put about 4oz of pure fruit juice 1/4 of sugar(helps with fizz leave enough room in bottle for gas to develop and cap and brew another 4-7 days should be great.Be patient with the proces supermom : - )

Mary Ellen ~ Carolina Momma said...

Thanks for the tip TrackMom! I've been afraid to try it again after my failed attempt. But you've inspired me to give it another go.