Friday, October 2, 2015

The 10 Best Homemade Kombucha Flavors

Earlier this year, my friend introduced me to homemade kombucha. I have to be honest, at first I told her, 'Not a chance, I'm a wheatgrass girl and kombucha is way to much like vinegar for me.' After she convinced me to try a sip, I was instantly hooked. Homemade tastes nothing like store bought ... duh! After about a week since I had my first sip, she gave me a SCOBY and my homemade kombucha life started! It's only been about 6 months, but I have since given daughters out to about 5 others so they can start making their own. The kombucha family is growing! My mom, who has chronic joint and back pains, is hooked (and has noticed a little improvement).

The 10 Best Homemade Kombucha Flavors

There are so many benefits of kombucha. It really is quite the health elixir!
  • Detoxification
  • Joint Care
  • Boosts Immune System
  • Aids Digestions and Stomach Issues
  • Increases Energy
There are so many ways to make kombucha. I do a continuous brew. My one gallon container makes about 5-6 16-oz bottles a week (in the summer it was 3-4 days because my house was so hot and and kombucha fermented faster). It takes about 15-20 minutes every time I make a batch. Even in the crazy busy months, it is so worth it!

The 10 Best Homemade Kombucha Flavors

During my short time as a kombucha brewer, I have tried so many combinations of fruits and herbs with the change of seasons it's been a great little flavor adventure. With fall now here, I have been completely obsessed with apple cider and chai flavored kombucha. I decided it was high time to share with everyone all the amazing flavors that I have grown to love. Please remember, when doing a continuous brew, you always want to add the flavors to your secondary fermentation so that you don't effect your SCOBY with any of them. If you have ANY questions, please ask. I'm not an expert (yet), but together we can find the answers!

The 10 Best Homemade Kombucha Flavors

The 10 Best Homemade Kombucha Flavors

Honey, Ginger, Lemon (raw honey for a healthier booch)

Lavender and Lemon

Apple, Turmeric, Ginger

Mango and Lime

Berry-Craze! Blackberry, blueberry and strawberry ... oh my!

Blueberry Basil (fresh basil please)

Strawberry, Mint, Lime (fresh mint please)

Chai Spice Blend (dried cinnamon, ginger, coves, nutmeg and cardamon)

Apple Cider (apples and a cinnamon stick)

Purple Grape (tastes like wine!)

I'm not going to give you exact amounts, because it all depends on your flavoring strength preferences. For instance, I'm a ginger fanatic, however, to many, mine is too spicy for them. Play around with them to see what you like best. It also depends on how you secondary. Some people secondary the whole batch together. Some people use 12 oz bottles and others 16 oz. A few things to remember ...

  • If you're using frozen fruit, you generally don't need as much as fresh for the flavor to really permeate your booch. 
  • Dried vs. fresh spices ... Use 1/2 the amount of dried. i.e. 1 tsp of grated ginger = 1/2 tsp of dried ginger 
  • The flavor grows with everyday that it is in secondary fermentation. 
There are tons of places to get your own SCOBY and start brewing. If you buy store bought kombucha, start saving money and start brewing. You won't regret it! Remember, the best things in life are homemade. My friend got hers from Kombucha Kamp. Their directions were super easy to follow and both of our SCOBYs are stronger than ever!

The 10 Best Homemade Kombucha Flavors

1 comment :

  1. Thanks so much! Since it is true confession time ... I have used store bought crushed tomatoes too (especially in the winter when you can't find a good tomato within 300 miles of my house)!