Kombucha is a fermented quality green or black tea that has been consumed for thousands of years and you can easily prepare it at home. Not only does it have the same health benefits as tea, but kombucha is also rich in beneficial probiotics. Kombucha also contains antioxidants, can kill harmful bacteria and can help fight many diseases. The kombucha is thought to come from China or Japan.
What is Kombucha?
Kombucha is grown in a glass with quality sweetened black or green tea. After a few weeks, you will get a non-alcoholic fermented drink. The resulting drink prepared according to the supplied recipe contains practically no alcohol, because it is processed into acetic acid by acetic fermentation bacteria. The taste and aroma show tones of flowers, honey and apple cider vinegar with a decent metallic note. The well-chilled and foamy kombucha resembles sparkling apple cider. Breeding kombucha is very simple, we can recommend it to complete beginners. Everyone can prepare a drink according to their own taste, mix it with other fruit or vegetable juices, drink it sweet, completely dry, or extremely sour - as you like!
Great source of probiotics
Kombucha contains live microorganisms along with other fermented foods such as yogurt, cabbage, pickles and kimchi. Probiotic bacteria can help balance the intestinal microflora in humans and improve digestion. The abdominal microflora also affects our immune system. Thanks to regular consumption of fermented foods, your body will gain a higher defense of the body. Probiotics provide your gut with healthy bacteria. These bacteria can improve many aspects of health, including digestion, inflammation and even aid in weight loss.
How to grow it?
You can buy Kombucha from the comfort of your home anywhere on the Internet, or ask your friends if they will give you a parent Kombucha. All you need is a larger jar, gauze, quality black tea and sugar.
Ingredients for 1 l of tea base:
85-95 g of sugar or 105-115 g of meadow honey mother Kombucha or 3-5 daughters 1 dcl of finished Kombucha drink or infusion in which you brought your mother Kombucha (10% of the volume of the tea base) 1 teaspoon of black or green tea
How to do it?
Prepare, for example, 5 l of tea. Boil 5 liters of water in a large pot. Stop. add 5 teaspoons of green or black tea. After brewing, which should take a few minutes (approx. 7-10 minutes depending on the type of tea), remove the tea or strain the finished tea into a prepared glass container. Add sugar or honey. Thus, 5 x, for example, 85 g of sugar or 5 x 105 g of honey. Stir well.
Now here's an important point! The tea must cool to room temperature, which can take all day with such a large container. It should have a maximum temperature of around 35 ° C. The good thing about this procedure is that you boil the water, so it is almost "sterile". Just waiting is an unpleasant factor and it means a bit of organization.
You can now add 5 x 0.1 dcl = 0.5 l (10% of 5 l) of the finished drink from the past to the sweetened tea with a temperature lower than 35 ° C, or the liquid in which you brought your first kombucha home . And also the mother Kombucha.
You are now done. Cover the container with a piece of muslin, gauze, cloth and rubber band so that it can breathe, but so that no dirt or insects can get inside. Take the foundation prepared in this way to a place where it will be able to spend its time in peace, without being disturbed by direct sunlight, kitchen fumes or smoke. A warm home environment around 25 ° C suits her. Maturation lasts 6-10 days depending on the ambient temperature and the maturity of the fungus. Learn to taste the drink during fermentation and evaluate the state of maturation. If you have a container with a tap, simply drop it into a glass and if not, use a straw and take some drinks from the top.
Bottle the finished Kombucha into glass bottles with a feather stopper and store in the refrigerator, where the fermentation process almost stops. Save some drinks to start a new cycle and also, of course, the handle, ie the mother and daughter "sponge". Rinse both under a stream of lukewarm water and place on a clean plate.
This way you can easily grow Kombucha at home. Feed it regularly and follow precise procedures. The finished drink is great just like that, but you can use it in a smoothie, for example, mix it with other drinks or add fresh mint leaves, for example.