How to Make Kombucha: The Big Book of Kombucha
From the Basic Kombucha Recipe to Creatively Flavored Brews
Have you ever wanted to learn how to make kombucha? Kombucha is everywhere lately, and the health benefits of kombucha are being widely documented by dieticians and natural health practitioners alike. For thousands of years, kombucha has been used as a health drink to detoxify the body and improve overall health. Now with the resurgence of interest in fermented foods and the benefits of adding fermented foods to our diet, kombucha has been introduced to mainstream America as a yummy and healthy way to help you feel your best.
Fermented foods like kombucha introduce beneficial bacteria and yeast to our digestive tract to improve digestion and elimination. Kombucha is also an adaptogen — a substance that helps the body remove the effects of stress and encourage the body towards a state of homeostasis (balance). As a daily drink, homemade kombucha is better for overall health and costs less than most store-bought soft drinks, waters, alcohol, and fruit juices.
Learning how to make kombucha requires the right equipment, tools, and environment, so having a solid reference book can make all the difference in your attempts at brewing kombucha at home. Even if you’ve never heard of a SCOBY before, we have The Big Book of Kombucha: Brewing, Flavoring, and Enjoying the Health Benefits of Fermented Tea by Hannah Crum and Alex LaGory to get you started on brewing your first batch of kombucha at home.
The idea of brewing a fermented drink at home can sound intimidating to many of us, especially if you’ve never attempted to make your own beer or other fermented foods like sauerkraut, pickles, or other fermented vegetables. It sounds as if the process of fermenting kombucha at home is a costly, time-consuming process, right? But with The Big Book of Kombucha, you’ll find all the information and instruction you need to get started learning how to make kombucha in one place.
What you’ll learn in this book:
• Kombucha benefits, and how it can relieve stress, encourage healing, improve digestion, and help detoxify the body
• SCOBY 101: What it is, how it works, where to get one, how to take care of your SCOBY, and how to grow your own when you’re ready
• Using tea and sweetener to make your kombucha, the best type of sweeteners, and why using some kind of sugar is important to making great kombucha
• Brewing equipment and supplies: everything you need to learn how to make kombucha at home, including scoping out a great environment for your first brew
• Basic methods for brewing kombucha: detailed instructions and clear photographs to help you successfully brew a gallon of your own kombucha
• Helpful Do’s and Don’ts for every step of the brewing process
• Precise measurement and brewing times for each method of brewing kombucha
• Bottling your kombucha
• Dozens of tips and tricks for troubleshooting your kombucha brew
• Dozens of ideas for flavoring your homemade kombucha brew using fruits, vegetables, and herbs: whether you want a great party drink or a medicinal brew, including recommendations for Ayurvedic and Traditional Chinese herbal medicine
• Recipes! Use your kombucha to make drinks, dressings, snacks, salads, pudding, and even baked goods (yum!)
• Using SCOBYs to make personal care products and bug repellents
For someone who already understands the basics of how to make kombucha, The Big Book of Kombucha offers some advanced techniques. With lots of detailed instructions and full-color photographs, you’ll learn how to adjust the levels of alcohol in your kombucha creations, flavoring your primary and secondary fermentations, understanding and boosting carbonation, and even making your own beer, wine, and champagne from your kombucha brews.
Did you know that you can flavor your own homemade kombucha with all kinds of fruits and vegetables? The Big Book of Kombucha includes dozens of recipes and suggestions for using blueberries, cherries, cranberries, dates, elderberries, figs, apples, bananas, apricots, grapes, and guava to make unique and tantalizing kombucha. Choose from your favorite healing herbs list, and learn how to make flavored kombucha using burdock root, chamomile, cinnamon, lavender, juniper berries, mint, rose petals, thyme plant, and St. John’s Wort.
If you’ve been hesitating to learn how to make kombucha because you didn’t have the right information, this book will take you step-by-step through every part of successfully brewing kombucha at home. Drawing on 20 years of experience in brewing, consuming, and using kombucha for all kinds of purposes, authors Hannah Crum and Alex LaGory share their tried-and-true methods for mastering the art of brewing kombucha. The Big Book of Kombucha: Brewing, Flavoring, and Enjoying the Health Benefits of Fermented Tea is a comprehensive resource for anyone who wants to explore the many benefits and uses of this age-old fermented health drink.