Fermented kombucha tea is sold in many health food stores, but some people prefer to make it at home.
: Never change your diet without first consulting your physician. There have been reports of illness and allergies associated with consuming kombucha tea.
Step 1: Make black tea Make a batch of weak-to-moderately-strong black tea and sweeten it with white sugar.
Step 2: Allow the tea to cool Pour the tea in a large glass container and allow it to cool to room temperature.
Step 3: Introduce the kombucha culture Place the kombucha culture in the tea and cover the container with cheesecloth or a coffee filter, securing it with the rubber band. Keep the container out of direct light a room temperature.
: If you see any mold on the culture, throw the tea away, clean all your equipment thoroughly, let it dry, and start all over with a new culture.
Step 4: Wait After about a week, the kombucha culture will impart a sweet and sour taste to the tea. The degree of sourness is directly related to the length of fermentation.
Step 5: Strain the liquid When it's ready, strain the liquid with a coffee filter when fermentation has resulted in a satisfactory taste.
FACT: Although sometimes called a mushroom, kombucha is actually a colony of bacteria and yeast.