What is Kombucha?
What is Kombucha?
Lightly bubbly and slightly tangy, kombucha (or ‘bucha for short) is a type of fermented tea that has been consumed for over 2,000 years. Dubbed the “Elixir of Life” for its many health benefits, kombucha has grown in popularity. Often made with organic ingredients and flavored with fruits and herbs, it’s found commercially in many health stores and can easily be made at home.
History of Kombucha
While the exact origins of kombucha is a little uncertain, it likely came from a region in northeastern China during the Tsin Dynasty (221 BC). Stories have been told about a Korean doctor by the name of Kombu who brought the fermented tea to Japan. Eventually, it was brought to Europe as a result of trade route expansions and gained traction in Russia (as “Kambucha”) and Germany (as “Kombuchaschwamm”) as well.
In the early 1990’s, kombucha was still relatively unknown but managed to become widespread in North American markets. It was consumed and welcomed by fermentation enthusiasts, DIYers, and back-to-nature communities.
As the word of its health benefits spread, so did its prevalence. Today, this once unknown drink can sometimes be found at common convenience stores, along with health food stores, popular grocery stores, and even yoga studios and breweries.
With more people drinking kombucha, many are deciding to brew their own kombucha at home to save on costs, live more sustainably, or even just to be more creative with their own flavors! This evolving need became the foundation of Brew Your Bucha, and with our Starter Kits, you can make your very own kombucha at home!
Health Benefits of Kombucha
Kombucha Home Brewing Simplified
Make Sweet Tea
Steep black or green tea in a brewing vessel and add sugar. Sweet tea is the "food" for the kombucha culture known as a SCOBY.
Let Brew Cool
Allow your sweet tea to cool to the proper brewing temperature. This ensures that culture is not harmed in the process.
Place your kombucha culture called a SCOBY (Symbiotic Culture of Bacteria and Yeast) to your sweet tea and leave for 7 days.
Bottle Your Brew
Bottle the brew and leave for 2-3 days at room temperature. This stage of the process is where carbonation is formed.
Refrigerate & Enjoy!
After refrigerating your kombucha, you are now able to serve it to your friends and family!