How to brew Kombucha at Home

Updated: Jan 17

Making Kombucha at home is so very easy. Today I'm going to walk you through the process of making your first batch and all of the tips and tricks I've learned from making countless batches of Kombucha myself.

In this post, you'll find a collection of all of my knowledge on making kombucha at home. I've been making kombucha for a while now and I have learned a lot since I first started. Here is the recipe I use to make my Kumbucha batches and how I make it.

Getting Started

To make Kombucha you'll want to have:

  • A Kombucha Scoby

  • Green or Black Tea

  • Sugar

  • A Large Glass Jar ( I use a 64oz Mason Jar)

  • A Kettle or Pot to boil water

  • A glass mesuring cup, bowl, or container for the Scoby

  • Small funnel *optional

Simple Kombucha Recipe

  • 3 Pints of water

  • 6 Teaspoons of green or black tea (about 3 tea bags)

  • 1/2 Cup of Sugar

  • 1 Kombucha Scoby (with a little Kombucha juice)

( this recipe fits perfectly in a 64oz Mason Jar )

Making the Tea

Start off by boiling the water. Once it reaches a boil turn the pot off and add your tea. You'll want to let the tea steep for at least 15 minutes.

Add the Sugar

After adding the tea I like to add the sugar right away while the water is still warm. That way the sugar desolves into the water well.

Let the Tea Cool

It is very important to let the tea cool before doing anything more with it. If your tea is too hot when you introduce it to the scoby it will burn it and kill the good bacteria in it that you need to grow your kombucha. Room teperature is what you're looking for.

Preparing for a New Batch

If you already have a batch of kombucha then take out the Scoby and set it aside. If you're starting with a fresh new Scoby then skip the next few steps (click here to skip ahead).

Pour your batch of kombucha into another bottle. Set this aside for the second fermentation or to drink it as is.

Make sure to save a little of the juice to add back in with your Scoby. The juice has good bacteria in it that will help your Kombucha to grow and ferment.

Add the Tea to your Jar

Once your last batch of kombucha is set aside (or you're ready to start fresh with your new scoby) you can start putting together you're new batch. Pour the now cooled tea and sugar into your glass jar. You'll want to make sure there is about a cup worth of headspace in the jar for the scoby and liquid.

Introduce the Scoby to the Tea

After adding your tea to the mason jar, add in the scoby and liquid. Whenever you are handling your scoby you want to make sure you wash your hands first.

At this point you also migth be wondering:

Where can I get a Kombucha Scoby?

Well, I bought my first scoby off of Etsy. You can find lots of affordable healthy scobys on there. I would also check your local co-op. You'll only need one because after you brew your first batch of kombucha your scoby collection will double. They grow fast!

You'll want your scoby to be flipped shiny side up. The new baby scoby with grow off of the bottom of the mama scoby. But don't worry if your scoby sinks or if you'r not sure what side to put up. It will still grow and ferment!

Let it Grow

Your Scoby will now feast on the sugar and natural caffeine to become delicious kombucha. You'll want to cover the jar with a towel or cloth and secure with a rubber band to keep dust and bugs out. Using cloth will still allow the kombucha to breathe. Let sit for 5-14 days.

The longer you let your kombucha sit the more fermented it will turn out. If you like strong and potent Kombucha you'll want to let it sit for at least a week. If you want to slow the fermentation process then just refrigerate it. The Scoby tends to grow faster when it is at a warmer temperature (80 to 90 degrees is optimal). I put my Kombucha batches on top of my refrigerator. You'll want to find a spot for them were they won't be disturbed for a week or two.

And that's it!

Continuing the Cycle

As your Kombucha ferments, it will grow a new baby scoby. By the time your first batch of kombucha is finished, you will be left with two scobys. Then you can create two batches of kombucha the next time and so on and so forth.