Kombucha tea is brewed using a kombucha colony. It is a symbiotic culture of helpful bacterial and yeasts. When a tea is properly brewed using a kombucha colony, it produces a frothy, apple-cider like drink that imparts a feeling a well-being along with a number of health benefits.
Kombucha is sometimes called the “Elixir of Life,” because it seems to life-extending and rejuvenating properties along with a broad spectrum of healing effects. People report gray hair returning to its youthful color, improvements in vision and the extension of fertility beyond what is considered a normal number of years.
People who regularly brew and drink this tea also claim that their arthritis has gone into remission. It is said to have anti-tumor properties, although this is only effective as long as the person continues to drink the tea every day.
Brewing and drinking kombucha tea is a lifestyle for many people. And, while you can purchase bottled kombucha tea, the bottled tea does not seem to have the same life to it that a home brew does.
It is easy to brew kombucha tea at home, although there is something of an art to producing a particularly tasty brew.
To brew your own kombucha tea, you will need a live kombucha colony, a one-gallon pickle jar, sugar and black or green tea bags and a small amount of white vinegar. You’ll also need a wooden spoon, a coffee filter big enough to cover the mouth of your jar and a rubber band to fasten it down with.
You’ll simply boil one gallon of water. Then allow eight tea bags to steep for fifteen minutes. Remove them. Then, dissolve one cup of sugar.
When the mixture cools, you add the colony and a two or three drops of white vinegar. Then, you cover the mouth of the jar with a coffee filter and a rubber band to prevent gnats from getting into it.
Finally, allow it to rest undisturbed in a warm place away from direct sunlight.
After seven to ten days, you should begin to notice the formation of CO2. When this happens, you’ll notice little bubbles rising to the top similar to what you see in soda. Usually, this is a sign that your tea is ready or, at least, 24 hours away from being ready to drink or bottle.
Kombucha tea has been shown in studies to combat a variety of pathogens such as staph, shigella, campylobacter, salmonella and heliobacter. It also contains some unique acids that are highly beneficial, especially to bodybuilders. Along with essential vitamins and amino acids, kombucha tea also contains hyaluronic acid, which is vital to connective tissues.
Kombucha is a healthy alternative to beer and soda. When it is properly made, it is a very healthy and enjoyable drink.