How to Brew Kombucha

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So you have heard of Kombucharight? It is a fermented tea that is being sold widely in health food stores but even some conventional chain grocers are now carrying it. The price tag would have you believe it is some sort of magic elixir. It is true that many health enthusiasts swear by its ability to improve digestion, boost the immune system, and provide us with a source of healthy bacteria.  I drink it myself but not for the health benefits, those are just a nice bonus. I drink it because it is a really tasty alternative to soda, which I love and for obvious reasons must avoid. Since the tea is fermented it has a nice bubbly effervescent quality that reminds me of the bubbles in soda. The bubbles just make your mouth feel all alive and happy.

My budget though, is not so happy when I buy Kombucha. My family of five all enjoy drinking it and at $4-5 a bottle it can get incredibly pricey. It was money then that motivated us to try making our own Kombucha at home. I kept seeing posts from my favorite bloggers about home brewing but honestly the thought of the giant mushroom-like mass of bacteria called a scoby was a little scary. Did I really want to drink the end result of what seemed like a weird science experiment AND give it to my kids to drink as well? I dug deep and decided to try it. Turn out, it is actually very easy and what we make at home is every bit as tasty as what you buy in stores. $5 a bottle turned into a mere .20 cents a bottle and that is with organic ingredients. You cannot beat that!

Once you are comfortable with the process it becomes easy to maintain a routine and stagger your batches so that you always have some brewing and also some available to drink right now. You can also get creative with flavoring by adding different fruit juices to the finished product. We love cherry and mango here and we also love adding chia seeds to our individual drinking bottles as well.

Are you ready to give it a try or are you already home brewing?

Striving for health,happiness, adventure, creativity, beauty and intention…Tiffany is the blogger behind Naturemoms. She writes about raising a natural, green family and she loves hiking, reading, CrossFit, travel, sunny days, paleo foods, and rainbows. You can follow her on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and Pinterest doing her thing!

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