Kombucha tea basics
Kombucha is a traditional, dairy free fermented tea drink that has been made for hundreds, even thousands of years in several cultures around the world as a health tonic and is increasingly become more widely known and made in western countries now too.
In a nut shell, making Kombucha basically involves adding a specific Kombucha culture of bacteria and yeast (called a Scoby or Mother or Mushroom) to a batch of sweetened black (or green) tea and leaving it to ferment at room temperature for 5-15 days (depending on temperature). You can then pour it into bottles and drink at your leisure.
Standard single fermented kombucha has a mildly apple cider like flavour, but it can be flavoured with any manner of fruit and herbal additions to give a more distinctive or enjoyable flavour.
Kombucha has long been claimed to have a wide range of health benefits, allegedly derived from the rich combination of enzymes, minerals, digestive enzymes and bacteria contained in a classic brew. Google 'Health benefits of Kombucha' and you'll be reading (both sides of the coin) for hours.
So there are many reasons to make Kombucha really, it's easy to make, it's cheap to make, it's great for your health (some people even consider it a super food and health tonic), fascinating to brew and experiment with, can taste extremely good and is wonderfully refreshing and thirst quenching on a hot day.
Scobies are a 'Cellulose matrix' or 'bio-film' with a rubbery texture, are quite tough to tear or cut and are quite tasteless if eaten, swallowed of chewed on.
For complete instructions simply click the 'Making Kombucha' page.
To learn more about the many claimed health benefits, you can read the following links to websites with more detail on Kombucha:
Read through the following websites for a start:
http://stuff.co.nz/life-style/Move-over-kale-The-new-superfood-superstars - Why Kombucha and Water Kefir (Tibicos) and other fermented foods/drinks are so good for your health.
http://www.culturesforhealth.com/kombucha-ingredients - What the best teas and sugars to use are (and aren't).
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kombucha - Intro and history of kombucha
http://kombu.de/english.htm - The Kombucha Journal from the worlds leading authority on Kombucha.
http://kombu.de/anleit-e.htm - - Detailed instructions on making Kombucha.
Health benefits of Kombucha:
www.youtube.com – Simply type ‘Kombucha’ into the search box and you’ll find plenty of videos on how to brew kombucha etc