Thursday, July 26, 2012

Kombucha heaven

So have you heard the rumors? They are all true. Kombucha is heaven in bottle not just for your taste buds but for your insides! 

Kombucha has a ton of great health benefits. Kombucha contains probiotics or healthy bacteria that your gut needs. This helps a lot with digestion. It helps to detoxify the liver, increase energy..the list goes on!

I've been a soda addict for as long as I can remember and I know how terrible it is. Now saying all of that outloud and thinking about it were easy. Not taking a sip of soda was the harder part. I just love the way soda has that strong sizzle when you drink it. I love the sweetness. I love the can. I love it. A couple of times I though I'd abandon the idea and just have a sip. Well it's been almost 3 weeks and I haven't had a drink.

I drank kombucha before and enjoyed it alot but when you haven't had soda in 8 days and you get the first taste of kombucha...pure heaven.

I like GT's trilogy. It has raspberry ginger and lemon. It's delicious. What's not so delicious? $3.50+ a bottle. I bought a case last week for 40 bucks and figured I needed to a better solution. Time to brew up some of my own magic!

I found kombucha kamp online an decided to try the starter kit. It was a good deal and everything came in perfect! I started up my first brew and it went a little somethin' like this....

This is how I made 2 gallons of kombucha!! 

Started with 8 cups of distilled water in a large pot. Just as it started to boil I turned it off and put it in my large glass vessel!
 Then I steep the loose leaf tea (10 tsp) for about 5-7 minutes. Add 2 cups of sugar and stir until fully dissolved. I know 2 cups seems like a lot, but this does get fermented so it will turn into a lot less per serving!
after the sugar is fully dissolved add about 16 more cups of distilled water so it is almost filled to the top. Add in that good looking scoby and two cups of starter liquid. Cover up with a cute cloth and put a rubber band around to keep on tight.

In Hannah's recipe she adds that you can say intentions to your kombucha so I did.

 "To health, love, and happiness"
So in 7 days I'm going to take a sip of this and see how it comes along. I've started saving my GT's Kombucha bottles and taking the labels off. I'm going to decorate them and make them my own. Stay tuned Paleo peeps!


  1. Really great recipe, and pics Mari! Pretty cool to infuse the Kombucha with your intention too. Thanks! Cheers :) Mark.

  2. Does it make any difference if you put the sugar in first and then the tea? I'm always worried that the water won't dissolve the sugar well enough since the water cools while the tea is brewing. I've done it both ways and my kombucha turns out good either way. I rinse my containers and bottles with vinegar first and then hot water. the vinegar is a disinfectant.