We're all trying to be a bit better in 2018, and this new year, many people's resolutions include learning new skills and making more delicious and healthy items at home. Kombucha is a beverage that's top of the list for both New Year's resolutions to be healthier and to do more DIY. The fermented tea is loaded with probiotics, and has been touted to promote everything from better bowel movements to a great immune system. (Here's what happened when this writer drank it every day.)
Before I get into the individual steps of kombucha making, there’s an important missive you must know: Don’t be scared of your SCOBY. It stands for Symbiotic Cultures of Bacteria and Yeast. It grows. It multiplies. It floats. It sinks. It looks extraterrestrial.I was super intimidated the first time I saw a SCOBY, when a friend fished it out of her kombucha brew, slapped it on the cutting board, and carved it up. But this slightly gross disk of slime is also a wonderfully magical mass of bacteria and yeast that turns plain old tea and sugar into a fizzy, fermented sip of awesomeness loaded with antioxidants, B vitamins, and probiotics.
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Armed with this new knowledge, you can forget your fear of making kombucha. What’s the worst that can happen? You botch your batch—SO WHAT?! Shake off your fears this year, and let the kombucha making begin!
Related: The Truth About Probiotics