My friend's doctor recommended it to him, because he had kidney stones. He brought me several pages of printed information that explained what it was, and I realized that it is in fact, the same drink I enjoyed as a kid.
I did further research online, and learned a lot about how powerful kambucha tea is, and decided to order my own culture starter kit.
First Try - Mold...
When the first batch arrived we followed instructions that came with it,
but still managed to screw it up. After 2 weeks we noticed a grayish mold
growing on top of the culture : (
Later, we found out it was because we didn't add enough sugar. The seller who we bought it from was nice enough to send us a new batch free of charge. It's been about 3 years now, and we haven't had any problems since.
I personally enjoy kombucha tea for its great taste. I did notice that it gives me more energy and improves my skin. My wife also is hooked on it for the same reasons. Apparently this miracle drink has been around since the beginning of time, and cures a huge list of illnesses. The way I see it, it detoxifies your body and help to restore your immune system, in return your body can fight and protect you from different diseases on its own. Thinking of which, I don't think I had a cold since I started drinking kambucha, hmm...
I know there are long list of things this tea can help you with, but nothing is better then to hear it from actual users. I thought I would add a page where you could submit your thoughts, recipes and information about this healthy drink.
How to Get Started
First and foremost you must obtain a kombucha culture, without it you will be just making tea. There are many places that sell it online. Here is a list of items you need to get started:
- Several mushroom cultures
- Starter tea
- 6 teabags of black tea
- Glass jar with a drain at the bottom
- Food gloves
- Coffee filters
- Rubber bands
- Long handled spoon
Here is how we make it. Clean your jar thoroughly and make sure you rinse away all of the soap. Get a stainless or enameled pot to boil the water in, try to avoid aluminum. Make sure the pot of water is big enough to fill your jar. For our one gallon jar we use 6 teabags of Lipton tea. Boil the water first and then put your teabags in, with the tails hanging out of the pot, and leave them in for about 15 min. Now you have some nice looking tea in the pot! Add sugar after disposing the teabags, stir with a clean spoon, and leave overnight to cool. Never add hot tea to your kambucha! Always let it cool to room temperature.
In the morning, pour the tea in your clean jar, add the culture with the starter tea, cover it with a clean coffee filter and rubber band, and let it sit for about 2 weeks in a cool shady spot. We keep our jar in the kitchen. You should notice it grow thicker over time. The thicker it gets the faster it will ferment your fresh tea. I like to keep ours about one inch thick. When it gets too thick, use food gloves to pull it off and split it to the size you want.
It may sound like a lot of work if you never done it before, but it's nothing after you done it a few times. We only add fresh tea once in 2 weeks and split the culture maybe twice a year.