To recap, we know what kombucha is, what you need to prep/clean for it, and how to brew the tea. This next step is actually pretty easy. It’s just kind of waiting.
You want to place your jar in a warm place, around 74 degrees F, and out of direct sunlight. I’m pretty sure that my house is definitly not this cold. My kombucha turned out pretty well, (and each subsequent batch turns out even better than the last,) But I can’t help but wonder if it would be better if it was warmer. My kombucha isn’t very fizzy, and I think it may be because it’s not warm enough. Do any of you kombucha experts know?
I love love love being able to share this process on my blog, because I get so much great advice! I’d be so lost without ya’ll!
Soon, your Scoby will start to grow a new layer on top.
You want to let if ferment for 5-14 days. It all depends on your taste. I tasted mine throughout the whole process, but ended up leaving it sit for the full 14 days. The longer it sits, the less sweet and more bubbly it gets. (Or is supposed to get… as I explained at the lack of bubbles in mine earlier) So just taste it as time goes on, and stop when you like it.
You can also check the pH of your kombucha if you have pH strips. You want the pH to be between 2.7 and 3.2. But just to let you know, I don’t test the pH. I don’t have strips. So it’s not necessary.
A funny thing happened to mine after a couple days though… My scoby turned sideways…
And the new part just started growing on top like normal… This didn’t hurt my kombucha at all, but in my next batches I made sure to pay more attention to how I set the Scoby on top of the liquid, so it wouldn’t be as likely to turn. You want the new film to start growing on the old scoby.
So this post was kind of short, but there you go. At this point there’s really not much you can do but wait. Tomorrow I’ll post about bottling and flavoring the kombucha, which is my favorite part.
Random Question du jour: What’s your favorite drink? This is a toughie for me, as my tastes change all the time, one day it’ll be chocolate (almond) milk, and the next it’s apple cider. Spiked with rum. Obvi. (kidding!!)