I believe its fermented sweet tea. I've never tried it but find it fascinating. If you go to instructables.com there are a bunch of tutorials. That's the first place I saw it after learning how to make home made ginger ale.
Dh used to make it back in the mid 90's...it tasted so nasty he never quite got into the drinking it phase. We were just in Bend, OR visiting family and my step-mom had a couple jugs of it she bought at the grocery store. It was also on the menu at the micro-brewery we visited. Guess it's making a comeback in terms of popularity?
cmpeter April 2001 Posts: 37,572 Loc: Washington State
Yeah it's one of those new fads. I have so many issues that I'm willing to try it. I cannot afford to buy it daily, so I thought I'd attempt making it myself. I actually like the taste of the ones I've purchased in the store.
My dtr and both grandaughters make it. I buy mine and it is expensive. If you want someone to talk with, OP, let me know and I'll put you in touch with someone. Although there will probably be seasoned kombucha makers pop up here.
ETA: I do not drink it straight from the bottle, although the taste does grows on one. I mix mine with Bolt House brand Berry Booster and Pom brand Pomegranate Lychee Green Tea. About 1/3 of each. The kombucha brand I use, the only one my Publix sells is Synergy, and comes in a variety of flavors. My favorite is the Raspberry Chia.
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Georgiapea I was going to do a second fermentation with cranberry juice. I also have been drinking the synergy brand. It is definitely an acquired taste. When I get my starter I might pm you. It looks easy enough. I'm just concerned I'm going to grow some bad bacteria and end up killing myself.
Scorpeao, any of the women in my family would be happy to 'Talk Kombucha' with you. Out of curiousity I just looked for 'Kombucha' on Yahoo Groups and there are a number of groups. One of my grandaughters lives in Milwaukee, WI and there are quite a few small processing facilities there. It's being made with an amazing variety of flavors. I'm very limited for sources. Publix is the only nearby store carrying it at this time.
Kombu is kelp and cha is tea. What we would do is boil dehydrated kelp leaves and drink it. It tasted terrible but with enough rice crackers and other snacks it wasn't so bad. I never cared for the taste. There was no fermentation in the process of making it.
Yes, I make Kombucha on the regular. I make about three gallons at a time. Very easy. there are lots of videos on you tube. here is a link to Kombucha Kamp, link. Pinterest has lots of fun and helpful info. the Kombucha scoby reproduces with each batch, you'll have lots of scobys to share.
Most of all have fun. I use a gallon size glass pickle jar to brew in, and i cover the top of the jar with a nylon stocking cap or a knee high stocking.